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.
Unlike many med spas, MD Cot? Medical Laser and Spa actually has its overseeing physician onsite. Board-certified family practitioner and laser medicine specialist Dr. Cynthia Cot?, who has more than 20 years of experience, performs both medical and aesthetic procedures alongside her staff of medical assistants and aestheticians.
On the medical side, she offers bariatric treatments to help combat obesity and holistic treatments to make the body as balanced as a tight-rope walker's checkbook. On the aesthetic side, Dr. Cot? offers cutting-edge treatments such as Botox injections, microneedling, and a wide range of chemical peels.
The skilled tress tamers at Chocolates, Cherries & Blondes shear, shade, and mold manes with singular products in an upbeat, airy setting. Lemon walls envelop the studio's hanging mirrors as clients’ frazzled follicles receive a stress-relieving complimentary head massage before each treatment. During a one-hour haircut, a stylist shampoos out oil, dirt, and fruit headdresses to invigorate scalps, then clips and reconstructs head hedges with face-framing layers, a reverse Bobby Darin, or an eye-catching tri-hawk ($20+ for men, $30+ for women). Transform ’dos with a mini foil ($40+), vibrant all-over color ($60+), or partial-foil ($70+) or full-foil treatments ($90+), generating radiant locks that give off sparks when placed inside a microwave.
Aesthetician and Elite Skin & Esthetics owner Paula O'Fallon knows the most important element of running a successful med spa: teamwork. That's why her staffers?including a doctor with a degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?work together to cater to the specific needs of each individual client. The multitalented group of specialists helps clients realize their aesthetic potential with services including facials and deep sea algae wraps. They employ medical-grade products from lines such as Epionce, which helps treat rosacea and acne, and Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup, which is recommended by the American Cancer Foundation for its skin-protecting ingredients. In addition, the spa specialists hold degrees from the Euro Institute of Skin Care, a renowned institution that grants students advanced skincare knowledge and especially charming accents.
The beauty experts at Bellissimo Lashes make faces their business. They can add volume to lashes with extensions that use FDA approved adhesives and lashes. To clear our complexions, they draw up customized facials that eradicate dead skin cells with deep exfoliation and glycolic acid. For a longer-lasting solution, they offer permanent makeup that includes everything from lip liner and eyebrow fillers.
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.