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.
Bright red curtains and framed pictures of red evening gowns add a pop of color to the sleek gray walls and natural tile floors inside Little Red Dress Salon & Boutique. Two shampooing bowls and four styling stations complete the interior—the small space allows stylists to focus their whole attention on each client. In addition to haircuts for children, women, and men, they perform a full range of coloring services as well as perms, keratin hair-smoothing treatments, and updos that shape hair to resemble the client’s favorite vegetable.
At New Appearances Salon, stylists cut and color hair with a little help from Privé hair products, crafted with herbs and free of parabens and sulfates. They can also add extensions long enough to braid into a chic belt. Other beauty-boosting services include manicures that bedazzle bare nails and Youngblood mineral makeup products that refresh faces with a touch of color.
At Lashes and Massage, you'll find treatments that are as relaxing as they are beneficial to your skin and body. For example, the Fango mud wrap includes a manual sea-salt exfoliation, a detoxifying wrap, and a hydrating moisturizer application that renders skin as smooth as a traveling velvet salesman. Other skin-pampering services include a custom facial that follows the lead of a personalized skin assessment. And clients can continue their beautification with lash extensions, tanning, and waxing services, as well as soothing Swedish and hot-stone massages.
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.
The licensed therapists at Natures Healthy Touch Massage Therapy specialize in a variety of techniques, ranging from deep tissue massages to custom-blended aromatherapy. Most of their treatments take a holistic approach to full-body wellness, not only looking at the symptoms but also the causes of muscular pain and tension. Along those lines, Natures Healthy Touch also teaches customers how to perform a simple Swedish massage. During these instructive sessions, clients work side-by-side with a therapist on their demo partner—be it a friend, significant other, or beloved childhood action figure—learning techniques that they can use at home.