When the staffers at Desert Sun Tanning Salons say they can fix your problems with a cocktail, they’re not talking about libations. Instead, they’re referring to a method that combines two types of bronzing styles. After lying in a traditional sunbed, patrons pop into an automatic spray-tanning booth. The idea is that the UV rays in the bed trigger melanin production and open the pores so that the spray tan goes on darker and lasts longer. Of course, customers can indulge in either of these options separately, choosing from a fleet of machinery that includes Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless tanning booths and silver-, gold-, and platinum-level sunbeds.
They can also undergo a session that doesn’t change the skin’s tone, but, rather, tones it. Red-light therapy drenches the skin in fluorescent light that boosts collagen production in order to firm skin, tighten muscles, and transform sagging bloomers into boxer briefs. Regular salon visitors can consider purchasing a membership, which entitles them to tanning-bed upgrades and discounts on skincare products.
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.
Timothy Stimac, owner of the Bremerton salon and spa that bears his name, has traversed the globe in search of new cutting and styling techniques. His thirst for knowledge and frequent-flyer miles led him to train in Italy, where he picked up some new coloring techniques before hopping over to London to work on his cutting skills. Timothy now shares his international knowledge with his team of stylists, who work with professional products to imbue their clients’ hair with rich color and volume. These products include all-natural selections from Aveda, which infuse strands with pure flower and plant essences. While the stylists condition or clip away at hair, nail technicians stationed nearby scrub hands with butter manicures and mango passion pedicures, gently reproving clients who attempt to lick their palms for a sample of the fruit-infused salves.
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.