When the staffers at Desert Sun Tanning Salons say they can fix your problems with a cocktail, they?re not talking about libations. Instead, they?re referring to a method that combines two types of bronzing styles. After lying in a traditional sunbed, patrons pop into an automatic spray-tanning booth. The idea is that the UV rays in the bed trigger melanin production and open the pores so that the spray tan goes on darker and lasts longer. Of course, customers can indulge in either of these options separately, choosing from a fleet of machinery that includes Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless tanning booths and silver-, gold-, and platinum-level sunbeds.
They can also undergo a session that doesn?t change the skin?s tone, but, rather, tones it. Red-light therapy drenches the skin in fluorescent light that boosts collagen production in order to firm skin, tighten muscles, and transform sagging bloomers into boxer briefs. Regular salon visitors can consider purchasing a membership, which entitles them to tanning-bed upgrades and discounts on skincare products.
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.
Even though she’s the owner of Auburn Electrology & Skin Care, Carol Ray still heads to work each day with the same enthusiasm as when she first started her career in aesthetics. She constantly enhances her expertise by attending continuing-education classes and writing pop-quiz questions on her herbal body wraps. She displays her ever-sharpening skills to clients as she removes hair and red veins with electrolysis, extends lashes for up to three months with Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions, and clears out pores with European facials. She draws from an arsenal of products that include Dermalogica skincare formulas and Relax & Wax No-Scream Cream—also available for purchase.
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.
It may seem strange for an aesthetician to lead seminars that teach attendees how to properly wax their legs or give a soothing massage, but Edie McCue of E.M. Aesthetics makes them a central part of her practice. She believes everyone should have access to spa treatments and relaxation, even at home. As an aesthetician for more than 20 years, though, McCue still lends an expert hand for clients who want to leave the treatments to a professional. She quenches dry skin with shea-butter wraps, exfoliates dull facial cells with microdermabrasion, fights muscular tension with therapeutic massages, and performs head-to-toe hair-removal sessions.
When they're learning basic and advanced skills, student stylists at Cascade Beauty College don't just practice creating different haircuts and braids on mannequin heads or afghan hounds. They also listen to expert guest lecturers and follow along with videos before heading to the salon floor to style a client's hair. There, intermediate-, junior-, and senior-level stylists wield products from such brands as Pureology and Redken while chopping off split ends, adding dimension with highlights, creating bouncy curls, and blow-drying hair smooth. Instructors are onsite to give advice and look over each student's work.