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.
Aesthetician and Elite Skin & Esthetics owner Paula O'Fallon knows the most important element of running a successful med spa: teamwork. That's why her staffers?including a doctor with a degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?work together to cater to the specific needs of each individual client. The multitalented group of specialists helps clients realize their aesthetic potential with services including facials and deep sea algae wraps. They employ medical-grade products from lines such as Epionce, which helps treat rosacea and acne, and Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup, which is recommended by the American Cancer Foundation for its skin-protecting ingredients. In addition, the spa specialists hold degrees from the Euro Institute of Skin Care, a renowned institution that grants students advanced skincare knowledge and especially charming accents.
Starting in 1985 with a single location on Pacific Highway, Stan Parente proceeded to build a large client base at his eponymous salon, eventually expanding to his current locations in Federal Way, Maple Valley, and Bellevue. Despite the steady march of his hair empire, Parente remains true to the fundamentals that led to his initial success. He still works onsite in each salon and keeps shelves stocked with products from quality brands such as Oribe Hair Care and Bumble and bumble. Professional seminars and practice sessions hone stylists' skills until they can make unkempt hair arrange itself with a single, intimidating glance. Each location boasts its own unique aesthetic: Federal Way is decked out in vibrant yellow walls and high ceilings, Maple Valley sports rich wooden floors and brick walls, and the newly remodeled Bellevue branch is kitted out with corrugated-metal stations and unvarnished, wooden walls.
Newly renovated in 2011, Mynt Salon's contemporary confines mirror the contemporary looks they bestow upon their clients. The experienced staff, led by owner My-Hanh, consult with their guests as they discuss their different treatment options. The staff includes experts in various color techniques, such as root retouches, full foils, and having clients bob for apples in a tie-dye whirlpool. By staying up-to-date on the latest trends, stylists are able to add services such as feather extensions to their already lengthy repertoire of salon treatments—haircuts, for example, are available for everyone from kids to seniors.
If little Goldilocks visited Beauty Nails in Kent, she would find five spa pedicure chairs to be too big, and one to be just right. All ages are welcomed into the salon, which houses five manicure stations along with pedicure thrones for adults and kids. The salon's technicians brush nails with OPI and China Glaze polish. For extra-long wear, they can bust out the CND Shellac polish for a manicure that lasts up to three weeks without chipping or scratching—a much better way to preserve a fresh manicure than breaking into a school and laminating your hands. The staff’s services also extend into skincare such as facials, microdermabrasion, waxing, and permanent makeup.
The stylists at Thai A Chau Salon perform precision cuts, artistic color services, and professional smoothing treatments that turn tumbleweeds of tresses into soft, silky heads of hair. Their methods include Japanese hair straightening, Brazilian blowouts, and keratin treatments, all of which help tame frizz and add luster to locks. The beauty experts also keep brows arched and upper lips smooth with waxing services, and lashes looking dramatic with eyelash extensions.