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.
Venus Salon and Spa's staff addresses nearly any beauty or relaxation need with their full menu of treatments. Stylists in the salon work within the chocolaty yet inedible frames of full-length mirrors to alter strands' length, shape, and color. Down the hall, aestheticians extract grime with the help of Dermalogica products, while airbrush artists harvest bronzy glows with organic spray tanning formulas. At the nail stations, technicians pluck feet freshly exfoliated with a sea-salt scrub from gilded pedicure bowls before brushing on OPI or Shellac polish.
Like a good relationship or a flower with a fertilizer addiction, Shador is growing. The staff of sugaring experts and aestheticians recently migrated to a new space, which has meant an upgrade in facilities and the ability to offer massages. Each service, from botanically based detoxifying body wraps to custom facials, helps to beautify and relax clients. For hair removal, the staff eschews the discomfort of hot wax in favor of a natural sugaring serum that pulls hair out in the direction of growth, and favored strands are magnified through the individual application of synthetic or mink eyelash extensions.
The wand wielders at #1 Nail Pro Salon and Spa peel back skin’s rough outer layers to unveil fresh complexions during premium microdermabrasion treatments that go beyond simple exfoliation. Aestheticians begin each complexion-smoothing session with a thorough skin analysis, discerning dermal conditions through close inspection and anonymous surveys of skin cells. After a cleansing that works deep into epidermal coverings, wafts of steam blast visages to unclog pores, and hands glide over facial structures in a soothing massage.
The Boulevard Salon's experienced, attentive staff meticulously style and tend to the scalp-centric needs of its clients. Gents in need of a revitalizing pickup for lazy locks can sit down for a masculine mane makeover, beginning with a cleansing shampoo to freshen follicles and remove evidence of late-night mud fights. The pelt pampering continues with a scissor shaping and comb styling, finally culminating with an optional form-freezing finishing gel to give dudes a magazine-worthy 'do.
CD Danza Salon & Spa’s crew of beauty experts is ardent about polishing women, men, and androids with personalized services and products from Aveda and Bumble and bumble. Pamper hair right where it enters the brain with a root glaze ($65), mold it into a designer 'do ($34–$65), or evict errant follicular outgrowths from cheeks ($22), hands ($18), and full backs ($65) with waxing services. Heal hard-worn hands and feet with a spa manicure ($37) and spa pedicure ($63), or mollycoddle worn-out muscles with a Swedish massage ($80+) or a rejuvenating application of chewy candied fish. To enhance facial performance, guests can ask for a makeup application ($35+), an Aveda powder ($35), or a CD Danza signature makeup lesson ($75).