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.
Taylor Jay's Tanning Salon's bronzing bungalow supports epidermal gilding with an army of tanning beds and products. The salon's bed medley includes standard 20-minute copperizing cots designed to help steadfast tanners develop a base glow without the help of radioactive body paint ($6.05/session, $45/unlimited month). SonnenBraune facial beds distribute color evenly from head to toe, featuring separate facial lamps to ensure visages match the rest of the body's veneer ($8.25/session, $60/unlimited month). To blot out the majority of UVB rays, tanners can spend up to 12 minutes in the Orbit bed or up to nine minutes in the Diva Tower stand-up booth, both of which deliver tans four times faster than naps on basic beds or quick trips to the sun ($2/minute).
Mauve walls, checkered floors, and cushy black leather chairs mark the trail to Urvashi Beauty Salon & Spa's private treatment rooms. Inside each one, aestheticians pamper clients with 24-karat gold facials, microdermabrasions, and other services customized to individual skin concerns. But the staff knows that radiant skin doesn't end with a single visit, which is why they also give comprehensive advice for at-home skincare, as well as access to their secret Lazarus pit in the basement.
The stylists at Thai A Chau Salon perform precision cuts, artistic color services, and professional smoothing treatments that turn tumbleweeds of tresses into soft, silky heads of hair. Their methods include Japanese hair straightening, Brazilian blowouts, and keratin treatments, all of which help tame frizz and add luster to locks. The beauty experts also keep brows arched and upper lips smooth with waxing services, and lashes looking dramatic with eyelash extensions.
The sign outside boldly proclaims "Mimi's Hair Solutions," and inside, the styles Mimi creates are equally as bold. She specializes in flat and kinky twists, invisible and micro braids, and weaves and extensions. Mimi also cuts, colors, and straightens hair, and she can mix up a conditioning treatment to nourish dry and damaged tresses.
Desert Sun Tanning's FormoStar body wraps radiate infrared heat onto the limbs and torso in order to boost metabolism and accelerate the burning of fat. During the 50-minute treatment, clients can adjust the body wrap's temperature to suit their levels of heat tolerance and pyromania. The heat from the wrap helps alleviate muscle pain, promotes calorie burning without muscle or lung fatigue, and stimulates the lymphatic system. The sweating that the treatment induces in users is also thought to exfoliate away dead skin cells.