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.
Desert Sun Tanning Salon was awarded the 2011 Best Tanning award by King5, which cites the Salon's "Smart Tan Certified tanning consultants" as one of its strongest features. The consultants effortlessly guide clients through three levels of tanning beds according to the client's skin type and tanning desires, and they may even to achieve a bronze as deep as an ancient Greek statue of a lifeguard. Tanning beds are tricked out with amenities including aromatherapy, air conditioning, and piped-in music, and after their sessions clients can choose from an array of nourishing lotions to smooth onto freshly golden skin.
Superior Tan and Massage's tanning beds can bronze physiques—or, thanks to their three intensity levels, enhance them with just a touch of gold. Since 1994, the salon's cutting-edge technology and expert team have collaborated on custom tans. Sunless tans are also available in the Mystic booth; the infrared body wraps, meanwhile, perfect beach bodies further by neutralizing cellulite.
At Spa Vita Bella, the relaxing experience begins immediately, as guests are welcome to hot tea or cold beverages before heading to one of the private rooms. There, licensed massage therapists perform a range of therapeutic treatments, ranging from traditional deep-tissue massage to detoxifying foot and body treatments to the luxurious Bliss packages, where dry-brush exfoliation preps the pores for cocoa-butter moisturizer, followed by a full Swedish massage. Prenatal massages help moms-to-be relieve aches and pains, while athletes can relax with Knead to Stretch pre- or post-workout sessions.
Other services include body wraps, waxing, sugar waxing, facials, pedicures, and eyelash extensions, to name a few. Aestheticians use ?minence Organic Skin Care and Image Skincare products to smooth away signs of aging or correcting skin issues such as acne, fine lines, and dryness, or cocoon clients in slimming body wraps. Clients can also head over to the spa's hypoallergenic infrared sauna for a relaxing treatment that heats the body from within to promote detoxification and slimming.
Aesthetician Asha Teeter's fascination with beauty began when she waxed her cousin's eyebrows—at the tender age of 14. Her mother had a strict rule against wearing makeup, which Asha cleverly circumvented by learning techniques such as waxing, tweezing, and eyebrow shaping. After graduating from school, she gained some hands-on experience at the elbow of a 20-year skincare veteran, who helped her take her first steps into the world of professional beauty.
Asha’s years of experience—both professional and extracurricular—seem to have paid off. She now works within the relaxing confines of Kyva Beginnings Wellness Spa, beautifying her clients’ skin with a menu of European facials, pumpkin peels, and waxing services. The same spirit of innovation that empowered her as a teenager has led her to explore more advanced treatments as a professional. Her far-infrared sauna treatments aim to detoxify the body and burn calories, and her ionic footbaths draw out toxins and relax soles after record-breaking dance-a-thons.