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.
Signature Service: Willow Nail Academy instructor course
Brands Used: Tammy Taylor
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 17
Pro Tip: Please make an appointment to pre-register for classes and expect to begin 2–3 weeks after registration.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
I love changing lives and sharing knowledge in such a rewarding occupation.
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Willow Nail Academy is the only school in Washington exclusively dedicated to nail technology training. Students train within Willow Spa or a secondary location to learn professionalism in the workplace, teamwork, and skills of the trade.
Located across the street from Lakewood's Clover Park High School, this warm, intimate hair salon specializes in relaxers, fashion-forward haircuts, and Paul Mitchell color. With licensed stylist Tricia at the helm, clients can pop in for a Brazilian blowout—a semi-permanent smoothing treatment—or prep for a special night out with a roller set or natural press. Along with hair services, the studio offers bikini and Brazilian waxing to ready bodies for daring swimsuits or even more daring mini-snowsuits.