The desert sun has come to the Evergreen State. More than 50 Desert Sun Tanning Salon locations have cropped up across Washington and California, and it's easy to see why. At each salon, Smart Tan–certified tanning consultants point guests toward the most suitable products to moisturize skin and the best methods to prevent tan lines that spell out "kick me.” The salons’ sunbed tanning stations include 10- and 20-minute beds with amenities such as facial and shoulder tanners, music, aromatherapy, and even air conditioning; their Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning systems (only available at select locations) bronze clients for 3–7 days. In addition, they offer red-light therapy treatments and infrared body wraps. Because tanning routines, like a baby's first words, are better when they're not interrupted, the salons offer memberships that grant buyers access to unlimited tanning, upgrades to premium beds, and other benefits.
An all-natural alternative to waxes and creams, Sugar Me swathes skin in syrupy smoothness with a variety of stubble subduing services. The staff of expert saccharine sages smoothes a honey-like concoction of sugar, lemon, and water onto fuzz fields, allowing the candied compound to lubricate the follicles before a precise flick of the wrist gently removes roots and hairs.
In a white-trimmed house steps from Alki Beach, aesthetician Trudy Muller works to leave clients' skin feeling as fresh as a sea breeze. Beneath the facial room's shimmering chandelier, she pampers visages with Dermalogica products and organic mud from the Austrian moor, taking care to customize experiences to specific needs and comfort levels. A sunlit waxing room with a soft, white bed hosts treatments for bikini lines and eyebrows, as well as glittery vajazzling. Trudy often doles out helpful beauty tips during sessions and lets her love for educating clients spill over onto a blog full of waxing pointers and humorous musings about her work.
Trudy’s passion for beautification doesn’t stop at clients. She also believes in beautifying the planet, a value she evidences by using eco-friendly skincare products. Additionally, Trudy welcomes patrons to bring in empty product bottles for recycling, an incentive backed up by an offer of receiving 5% off their next purchase.
Terra Zen Salon evokes an earthy flair with rich mocha- and cream-hued walls and plenty of potted foliage. The stylists cut new dos on women, men, and children, from classic bobs and crewcuts to face-flattering layers. They can also infuse locks with a little drama via highlights, perms, and updos for special occasions such as proms and state swim meets.