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.
Even with 20 years of experience under her comb, Irina Arce still thinks of herself as a student. Every six months, she enrolls in continuing-education classes to ensure that she's keeping up with all the latest trends in cuts and coloring. Irina can flex her styling skills with a sleek scissor cut or tailor a color to an individual's personality, complexion, or star sign. Guests may also request a specialty straightening treatment to smooth frizzy hair or an unwieldy basket of curly fries.
Tropical Waves Salon evokes an island paradise, from the exotic plants and greenery throughout the space to its decor, which includes wicker furniture and oversized flip-flops that hang on the salon's sand-colored walls. The hairstylists can produce beach-ready looks, too, from gilded highlights to spiral perms. Tropical Waves also has skin and nail technicians on hand who offer pampering spa facials, swift hair removal, and mani-pedis complete with sea-salt exfoliation.
"Do you want to just cut hair or do you want to be a master stylist?" This is the question that JohnnyMatthew's Hairdressing Training Systems encourages students to ask themselves. The academy is an exclusively Paul Mitchell school piloted by two award-winning veterans of the industry, and they teach pupils who want to hone their craft. Students learn in classrooms and in the sun-flooded salon where they cut, color, and condition clients' dos.