Shear curtains cascade down the golden, faux marbled walls of Salon La Diva. A marbled black and gray design covers each workstation, where stylists cut, color, curl, and braid hair. The full-service salon's staff also features aesthetician Maryam, who has 20 years of experience clearing dirt from pores and waxing off unwanted facial hair, liver fur, and bikini fuzz.
Quinn keeps skin soft and smooth to the touch with her focused waxing treatments. She uses blue hot wax for most of her clients, but is happy to switch to soft wax for those with sensitive skin. She conducts each of these sessions from inside Salon Domani, a full-service salon situated steps away from the Factoria Mall. While waiting to see Quinn, guests can surf free Wi-Fi for pictures of stylish naked mole rats or lounge in one of the lobby's overstuffed chairs.
Each of Seattle Sun Tan's 39 locations spans between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet of space dedicated solely to the art of un-sunbathing. Washington-state tanners strut down immaculate hallways dotted with framed original paintings and contemporary artwork before settling into private rooms where they may acquire their desired shade while enjoying the sounds of their own music or prerecorded subliminal messages piped in through the iPod dock perched near each bed. The Smart Tan?certified staff guides clients in selecting which of the five levels of UV bed best fits their tanning needs and whether they desire a short tan time, prefer to stand up or lie down, or wish to bask beneath high-pressure face lamps. Shop shelves offer home tanners quality products from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, whereas spray-tanning options from VersaSpa and SunFX both impart a natural-looking faux glow that takes mere minutes to apply and lasts for days.
Far removed from the revolving door of many health clinics, Doctor of Naturopathy Ashley D. May takes time to get to know his patients. Before administering any of his drug-free services, such as acupuncture, massage therapy, or chiropractic adjustments, he learns about patients through consultations, combing through their health history and telephoning their high-school principal. He uses this information to formulate a custom treatment to help clients overcome a full range of ailments.
If you hang around outside Distinctive Tan, you might notice a trend: everyone leaving the building has great-looking skin. At both locations, clients can get a custom bronze in either a UV tanning bed?of which the facilities offer a diverse array?or within Mystic Tan airbrush booths. But tanning isn't the only focus of the salons, which have been in business for more than 20 years. Their knowledgeable, Smart Tan?certified staff also supplies WhiteICE teeth-whitening kits and administers red-light therapy, a treatment designed to firm skin and minimize wrinkles wrought by age or time spent trying to impersonate an accordion.
With a legacy stretching back more than 45 years, All About Hair pairs each of its styling stations with skilled artisans who mold manes for men, women, and children. Dedicated to honing their skills through continued education, these stylists demonstrate their professionalism while employing products from Joico, Redken, American Crew, and Biolage. In addition to haircuts, their roster of hair services includes feather extensions, Japanese hair straightening, and keratin straightening treatments. When they aren't primping coiffures, they render facials using both European and American ingredients and techniques. While extracting unwanted hair, they use a low-temperature wax comprised of natural resins and sun-bleached beeswax that avoid irritating the skin, unlike the Blue Man Group's uniform. They can also treat ultrasensitive epidermises to Brazilian blue hard wax.