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.
For almost 10 years, the specialists at Healthy-Aging Skin, A Clinical Day Spa have harnessed advanced technology to combat skincare woes. The staff specializes in treating acne and waving away the signs of aging, and combines the latest in medical equipment with experience and skills gained over the last decade. This technology includes an intense pulse light laser, DiamondTome microdermabrasion system, and cryogenic therapy for those who want smaller pores and to know exactly what Han Solo felt like while frozen. While many of their offerings live in the realm of medspa treatments, clients in need of a bit of relaxation can enjoy one of their completely organic facials.
The staffers at Good For You Massage & Day Spa invite clients to unwind inside their colorful, private treatment rooms with a lineup of facials, body services, and rejuvenating massages. Massage therapists demonstrate the spa’s personal approach by consulting with clients before administering any of their signature massages, such as Swedish, deep-tissue, or hot-stone massage. While their skilled hands mend tense and sore muscles, therapists maintain constant communication with the client to make sure that the pressure feels comfortable. The list of facials wards off environmental hazards with a variety of ingredients, including organic ground coffee to exfoliate rough skin and wake up clients who fall asleep during their pampering sessions.
BeBe Hair Salon is all about hair. Whether getting rid of unwanted stubble or grooming the locks that reside on top of heads, the staff works hard to maintain clients’ exteriors. With the help of wax, aestheticians remove hair from faces, legs, and arms. Stylists also keep their scissors sharp and combs clean six a days a week for men, women, and children in need of haircuts, coloring treatments, and updos.
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.
One of the largest cosmetology schools in the northwest, Gene Juarez Academy instructs students to skillfully style hair under the watchful eye of licensed and experienced instructors. While making their way through the program, students perfect their skills on the bustling salon floor by snipping, coloring, and styling tresses. Guests not only receive these services at a discounted rate, but also get a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process via the instructor’s running commentary.