Pauline of Pauline's NailSpa doesn't rest on her laurels. It's not enough that she owns her own nail salon outfitted with tasteful mahogany-toned walls and plush pedicure thrones, she also designs her own nail services. Pauline's proprietary silk-wrap nail process offers an eco-friendly alternative to traditional faux nails with 100% China silk and fiberglass resin that leave clients with long, sturdy, glossy nails. Clients can also opt for traditional, Shellac, or acrylic manicures, or they can settle into cushioned pedicure chairs that end in warm footbaths. In a separate room, aestheticians deliver results-focused, European-style facials that include deep cleanings, conditioning steams, and light massages to raise the spirits and bring the skin to a radiance that could earn its own office on the color wheel.
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.
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.
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.