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.
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.
If little Goldilocks visited Beauty Nails in Kent, she would find five spa pedicure chairs to be too big, and one to be just right. All ages are welcomed into the salon, which houses five manicure stations along with pedicure thrones for adults and kids. The salon's technicians brush nails with OPI and China Glaze polish. For extra-long wear, they can bust out the CND Shellac polish for a manicure that lasts up to three weeks without chipping or scratching—a much better way to preserve a fresh manicure than breaking into a school and laminating your hands. The staff’s services also extend into skincare such as facials, microdermabrasion, waxing, and permanent makeup.
Healthy, beautiful hands are the primary concern at Nails Design, where manicurists combat ragged cuticles and dry skin with extra-careful attention. Pumice stones and sea salt slough away rough patches on heels, and hand, arm, and foot massages help combat soreness brought on by months of literally crawling out of bed. While the staff is committed to safeguarding the health of natural nails, they also excel at applying acrylic tips, often enhanced by vibrant hand-painted designs that incorporate everything from animal prints to holiday motifs. Beyond nails, the spa further beautifies bodies with waxing and facials, as well as eyelash extensions in a variety of colors.
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.
Tiptoe into Lemon Drop's quaint and quiet confines for a secret rendezvous with one of the spa's relaxation professionals. Lemon Drop dons a full-length shawl of luxurious services, including European-style facials, therapeutic massages, facial and body waxing, and more. The lemon drop facial ($75 for 75 minutes) is the most popular treatment; in addition to deep cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and application of a custom-blended mask, this treatment includes a light tweeze and trim for unwanted facial fuzz and an aromatic shoulder, neck, décolleté, hand, and arm massage. If grounding your face from TV has gotten you nowhere, enlist the expert help of the blissfully blemish-free facial to effectively reprimand your rebellious pores ($65 for 55 minutes). Massage therapies at Lemon Drop run the gamut, ranging from the focused kneads of the deep Swedish massage ($65 for 60 minutes) to the soothing, specialized strokes of the pregnancy massage ($70 for 60 minutes). If you're looking to combine an end-of-summer beach vacation with a vacation from your razor, take a peek at Lemon Drop's long list of waxing services ($10–$115).