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.
Petra's Euro Spa is an extension of the accumulated beauty wisdom of Petra Nicoll, a medical aesthetician and former aesthetics director for Paul Mitchell. She began her more than 25-year career in outer-beauty bolstering by attending schools in London and Munich to study the aesthetician arts, including permanent-makeup application, biofeedback techniques, and plucking eyebrows into the shape of cuneiform etchings. Her spa’s menu of beautifying services for the face, hands, feet, and body is complemented by offerings that focus on the mind-body connection, such as reiki and intuitive readings.
The aestheticians of JChelz renew façades with modern skin treatments, including the Bio-Therapeutic face-lift, which was recently featured on Oprah. During the 90-minute skin treatment, skin specialists direct low doses of electrical current that imitate the body's own electrical impulses. Gentle electricity surges through faces to stimulate and tone muscles and render faces as smooth and taut as the head of a djembe. A series of treatments may be necessary for optimal results.
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.
The Beauty Room appears in clients’ homes or offices after licensed aesthetician and nail technician Julie Wobbe sets up her treatment table. Whether she treats them in their own space or out of her space inside of Harlow Boutique Salon, Wobbe eases clients into relaxation during treatments such as facials, manicures, peels, microdermabrasion, airbrush tans, and waxing. Wobbe’s treatments are the result of years of experience: she has tested several techniques and products to find the most effective combinations.
If the atmosphere inside The Cat's Meow strikes first-time visitors as particularly familial, the reason may be that the salon’s proprietors share more than aesthetic expertise—all three of them are sisters. For more than 20 years, Melissa Raynak, Pixie Melton, and Meghan Mowbray—along with their team of aestheticians and nail technicians—have pampered skin and nails with treatments that range from basic facials and express pedicures to all-inclusive spa-day packages. In each of their skin-therapy treatments, the spa’s aestheticians employ professional products that eschew mineral oil, lanolin, and allergens such as gluten to ensure that skin responds positively. Armed with bottles of OPI polish and paraffin wax, they turn their attention to fingers and toes to soften calluses and fluff nail beds.
A lash specialist at Salon 554, Noa Sanchez offers Xtreme Lashes extensions that can add length and thickness to eyelashes. Noa applies the waterproof extensions individually to each lash, creating looks with service titles that pay homage to Hollywood actresses. Options such as Audrey Hepburn lashes add 30–45 lashes per eye, whereas 45–70 lashes reference Marilyn Monroe.