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.
Starting in 1985 with a single location on Pacific Highway, Stan Parente proceeded to build a large client base at his eponymous salon, eventually expanding to his current locations in Federal Way, Maple Valley, and Bellevue. Despite the steady march of his hair empire, Parente remains true to the fundamentals that led to his initial success. He still works onsite in each salon and keeps shelves stocked with products from quality brands such as Oribe Hair Care and Bumble and bumble. Professional seminars and practice sessions hone stylists' skills until they can make unkempt hair arrange itself with a single, intimidating glance. Each location boasts its own unique aesthetic: Federal Way is decked out in vibrant yellow walls and high ceilings, Maple Valley sports rich wooden floors and brick walls, and the newly remodeled Bellevue branch is kitted out with corrugated-metal stations and unvarnished, wooden walls.
Believing that "well-groomed nails are the classic indication of healthy hands and feet," Blush A Nail Boutique's skilled technicians aim to spread the doctrine of digital health and wellness along with the values of body beautification. They renounce the use of acrylics or harsh chemical treatments, favoring spa services that include natural elements such as silk wraps that promote stronger, healthier nails and help heal cracks or tears caused by hand-modeling shoots that incorporate ticklish chalkboards. They choose from an array of services—waxing, facials, and airbrush tanning—to pamper the whole body from within an immaculate, chic boutique.
The beauty specialists at Citi Nails & Spa strive to make each client feel special, but the nail spa's tiniest customers may be the ones who get the best perks. During kid-friendly Diva mani-pedis, kids get to sit in their very own leather, bear-shaped pedicure chair as the friendly techs shape and paint each petite nail. Adults stay busy reclaiming their own lost youth with the spa's skincare services, which include glycolic peels, facials, and full-face and body waxing. Eyelash extensions and tinting services add oomph and drama to flirtatious winks, and nail overlays made of acrylic, gel, or silk give clients nails that feel stronger, look longer, and strike fear into the hearts of unopened CDs.