Winter pallor doesn't stick around long once a customer steps into Sun Station Tanning. The salon presents several different ways to get a sun-kissed glow: vertical beds, horizontal beds, and UV-free spray tanning booths, designed to replicate the deliberate personalized touch of a handheld airbrush session. For the traditional route, staffers can help customers select different tanning lotions. They might also recommend one of the shop's fashionable bags or jewelry pieces, which go nicely with newly bronzed skin or those full-body suits of armor that are really in this season.
Housed in the historic Turner Post Office, Sweet Country Salon's sports eclectic décor and a welcoming atmosphere to provide customers a cozy haven of beautifying treatments. Using a powerful indoor Wolff system, one month of tanning ($30) begins with five-minute tanning sessions to assimilate the body to bone-blanket baking while gradually increasing the tanning time and gently sun-kissing pigment-deficient complexions until they transform into bronze bombshells. To keep tans looking fresh and bronzy, Sweet Country Salon recommends staying properly hydrated, using non-mineral-oil-based lotions, and reciting inspirational haikus to tawny-hued pores. The second option wages waxing war against hairs on the eyebrows ($12), lip or chin ($6), and underarms ($20) with a waxing session that takes about 15 minutes and eradicates feisty follicles to create a sleek skin canvas for painting portraits of favorite former hairs.
With many locations throughout Washington, Tan Republic outfits their salons with sleek, modern designs and earth-toned walls, filling private tanning rooms with a suite of melanin-conjuring machines. Guests can choose from Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths, high-pressure tanning beds, or jars full of fireflies that can be held against the skin for a natural glow. The salons also offer six varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.
Robin Ford tends to hands and feet at Expression Salon alongside a staff of other nail technicians and hairstylists. While she works, staff members dole out a wealth of beauty treatments—from haircuts and color services to facials, waxing, spray tans, and gel manicures. Stylists use products by Thermafuse, L'Oréal Professionnel, and Kenra. The salon's coral-colored walls and punchy green accents surround visitors, along with free WiFi and our collective unconscious.