With many locations throughout Washington, Tan Republic outfits their salons with sleek, modern designs and earth-toned walls, filling private tanning rooms with a suite of melanin-conjuring machines. Guests can choose from Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths, high-pressure tanning beds, or jars full of fireflies that can be held against the skin for a natural glow. The salons also offer six varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.
At Tan Republic, the staff doesn't just sit by while you tan—they advocate for responsible tanning. Within the upscale and modern salons, they carefully oversee the use the latest tanning equipment, including Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths as well as the high-pressure tanning beds, controlling clients' exposure to UV rays and cosmetic tanning compounds. They also ensure that every tanner uses FDA-compliant protective eyewear, and prevent any one visitor from wearing multiple pairs and making everyone else feel uncool. They even enhance their clients' tans with six varieties of lotion, each designed to produce a different intensity of bronze.
Brands Used: Vivitone
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Certain hairstyles look good on certain facial shapes. When a client asks for a haircut you know will be a mismatch for them, how do you handle it?
I try to educate them on what would look good for their face shape. If they still insist, I do what they want.
For many people, a trip to the salon is a way to enjoy some "me time." What supplemental courtesies do you offer to make guests feel relaxed?
We offer massage chairs and adult beverages.
What other services do you offer besides haircuts?
Color, perms, [and] highlights
Since her start at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 1996, Christie Ocheske has pursued the twin goals of beauty and holistic health on behalf of her clients. A master of more than 14 massage modalities, she can knead away stress with Swedish strokes and remove toxins using lymphatic-drainage techniques with equal aplomb. Aesthetic services, such as waxing, facials, and body wraps, make skin as radiant as the sun after it receives a compliment from the moon. Her relaxing visits take place on Level 3 Salon + Spa's luxuriously appointed premises, located in the old J. C. Penney building, where handsome exposed-brick walls lend rooms old-school class and plush recliners and flowing curtains lull minds into relaxed reveries.
The aromas of tropical oils and lotions waft throughout Pacific Bronze & Bliss, adding to the welcoming ambiance of more than 2,700 square feet of tanning equipment. The solar-simulation emporium features airbrush-tanning services, as well as traditional bed tanning with UV light to keep skin from getting the winter blues, a condition where the skin rebels by actually turning blue. Appointments are available after-hours to accommodate busy schedules.
At French Twist Salon, stylists and aestheticians beautify clients with a wide range of salon and spa treatments. Visitors remove unwanted hair with quick waxes or relax with soothing aromatherapy mani-pedis or massages. They can also sit down in styling chairs to receive keratin treatments, weaves, extensions, or all-over color. And if clients want to achieve their salon looks at home, French Twist offers classes on styling their strands.