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.
Meghan's Hair Design is owned and operated by Meghan Stauffer, a licensed stylist who delights in making her clients look and feel spectacular. In her styling chair located inside New Appearances Salon, clients settle in for chic haircuts and rich color services, including sun-kissed highlights and specialty treatments. They relax as Meghan trims locks into a new 'do, adds luxurious length with extensions, or shapes eyebrows using wax and a human-evolution textbook as a guide to unchecked body hair. Patrons can head into the rest of New Appearances for an indulgent makeup application or a soothing massage.
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.
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.