Stylist Ciara Guffey is part of a skilled team of 16 stylists, nail technicians, and tanning experts who beautify clients at Sunrise Tan & Salon. She delivers cutting-edge haircuts and color treatments within the salon’s bright-red walls and works at a sleek styling station with oversize mirrors, which help her create even dos while keeping an eye out for low-flying paper airplanes. The salon also houses a small boutique area, where clients can shop for professional haircare products from Matrix and Sexy Hair.
At Nails on First & Hair 2, patrons have their pick of more than just beautifying services such as highlights, gel manicures, and spray tanning. That's because the salon doubles as a boutique, selling purses, wallets, and greeting cards. This gives the neighborhood establishment a comfy vibe where patrons can gather to bring out their best appearances, shop for gifts, and compare red highlights with a 2010 shiraz. And they can also take comfort in the fact that the salon staff averages more than a decade of experience in their respective trades.
AuRycl Tan owner Pashia Fischer knows the ins and outs of the spray-tan business. A former operations director for a large sunless-tanning company and a tinting artist for a loyal clientele, Pashia struck out on her own in May 2011 and hasn't looked back since. Along with a team of friendly account managers, she markets her proprietary line of sunless-tanning products across the country. Pashia's solutions—from an odor-free spray tan to a fast-drying bronzing mousse—bring a hint of sun to numerous salons and image-conscious owls.
According to Tan Down Under, some of the darkest, boldest tans in the Portland area were nurtured inside the salon's spacious premises. The business has more than 20 different tanning beds, meaning customers rarely have to wait in line to get their tan on. The shelves are stocked with high-quality Hoss lotions designed to aid the bronzing process. For sunless tanning, there's a ProSun Omega spray tan booth, which imparts a golden glow without requiring users to come into contact with UV rays or hateful hermit crabs at the beach. Also on the premises is Beauty Factory, a full-service hair and nail salon that offers everything from cuts and coloring to perms and updos.
Inviting aptly describes Bronze and Bliss Day Spa, a tanning salon and day spa with a home-like atmosphere. The beauty spot's warm interior presents a selection of Versa Spray Tanning and red light therapy, along with Formostar Body Wraps and luxurious facials rendered in private rooms. Skilled lash specialists apply sets of mink or silk eyelash extensions with polished service. They can also indulge guests with a Infrared body wrap to increase metabolism, burn calories, reduce cellulite, and contour body.
After a day at Jungle Tan, visitors may look and feel like they've just returned from a tropical locale. The salon offers a fleet of beds in which hot bulbs emulate the effects of the sun's rays, dialed to four different levels of tanning intensity. Those seeking a UV-free tan can opt for the Evolv airbrushing system, a unique technology which uses warm air to help all-natural spray-tanning solutions sink into the skin's surface. Certified airbrush technicians customize the color to match each individual's skin type. Jungle Tan also nourishes skin and fosters relaxation with personal infrared saunas, steam-hydration therapy, aqua massages, and body waxing. Rounding out its cosmetic surfaces, the salon hosts professional teeth-whitening services and eyelash extensions.
Considering they're charged with maintaining an extensive array of equipment across 15 locations, it's a good thing each state-certified member of the SunsUp Tanning Centers team commits to at least 10 hours of update training each week. The constant training prepares the specialists for working with the centers' 10 types of standup and lay-down UV beds as well as with sunless Mystic Tan and VersaSpa booths. In addition to tanning, SunsUp offers the Fit body wrap, an infrared heat therapy designed to detoxify and slim the body. Patrons can adjust the wrap's four independent heat zones in 1-degree increments up to 130 degrees or until their body parts start to whistle.