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.
After graduating at the top of her class in conceptual illustration and color theory at the Art Institute of Seattle, Laurel Leof found an unexpected use for her aesthetic sensibility. She opened Defined Beauty, a cosmetic facility where she enhances facial features with permanent-makeup services. Using a combination of SofTap methods and topical anesthetics to minimize discomfort, Laurel imbues brows, lips, and eyelines with micropigmentation techniques that can last three–five years before they need to be retouched and 300 years before they need to be renamed in our cyborg overlord’s honor. In addition to her own clientele, Laurel also works on referrals from plastic surgeons and dermatologists, applying her expertise to scar repair and needling, a facial treatment that boosts collagen production and cell renewal.
The massage therapists at Edmonds Massage Center untie deep-tissue knots and de-stress bodies with their array of treatments. A series of kneads and deliberate strokes ease muscles plagued by subcutaneous stress during the 30-minute deep-tissue massage, effectively working to remedy a host of maladies including circulatory problems, lower-back pain, and the stress of battling incognito robots. The 30-minute relaxation massage coaxes tight muscles into submission and helps aches and pains to melt faster than an ice-cream cake lit on fire.
The stylists at Diversity Salon bring a range of talents to their salon chairs, allowing them to treat hair of all ethnicities and texture. Services tend to the needs of both men and women, and include haircuts, relaxers, color, and waves. The staff also offers cosmetic services such as eyebrow waxing and makeup application to enhance natural features and cover up permanent milk mustaches.
A chandelier twinkles against the backdrop of cream- and sea-foam-hued walls, spilling light onto hardwood floors and modern, aluminum-steel manicure stations. But this spa-like vibe is only part of Splash Nail Bar’s charm. Its talented staffers pull from the finest products to revitalize hands and feet during mani-pedis—always adhering to strict sanitary practices. They also dole out luxurious extras, such as extended massages, paraffin wraps, and long-lasting gel manicures.
Professional tattoo artists Sasha King and Micah Nelson preside over a choir of buzzing needles as they ink clients with designs that range from detailed black-and-white portraits to simple kanji letters. Though immaculately clean, their Edmonds studio eschews the coldness of a medical clinic in favor of a warmth that reflects the artists’ own dispositions. While Sasha and Micah outfit skin with colorful sleeves or all-black tuxedo vests, their piercing counterparts embellish ears, lips, noses, and brows with studs or surgical steel rings.
Medical Director Dr. Roger B. Olsson joined The Renewal Center as a way to let his naturally artistic eye flourish through custom cosmetic treatments. Dr. Olsson’s team, led by medical aesthetician and certified laser technician René Steele, performs several skincentric procedures that restore suppleness with lasers, fight acne with infrared rays, or increase empathy for Smurfs with blue face paint and a mirror. They also work with clients on an FDA-approved weight-loss program proven to purge pounds while boosting energy. Most of The Renewal Center’s procedures require little to no downtime, meaning after their procedure, clients can leave the office and immediately attempt to lasso any loose mechanical bulls they come across.