With more than 20 locations in the greater Portland metro area and more throughout Washington, Tan Republic outfits their salons with sleek, modern designs and earth-toned walls, filling private tanning rooms with a suite of melanin-conjuring machines. Guests can choose from Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths or high-pressure tanning beds. The salons also offer dozens of varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.
At Hush Tan, the sun is basically an obsolete invention. The salon?s bronzing process eschews damaging UV rays, and instead relies on a tanning formula from Infinity Sun?a blend replete with botanicals, vitamins, antioxidants, and aloe. The team applies the formula by hand to create sun-kissed glows that also conceal blemishes such as cellulite, varicose veins, and temporary tattoos that can?t take a hint. Owner Mahriah Zimmerman, a licensed esthetician, complements the tans with makeup and waxing treatments, including her signature eyebrow wax that shape brows to suite the client?s bone structure. During every treatment, Mahriah prides herself on creating a luxurious experience for her clients that is private, free of judgment, and customized to their needs.
Lavender, jojoba oil, grape seed, and paraffin wax are just some of the tools that Herbal & Wellness Skin Care's April keeps in her all-natural arsenal. A firm believer in treating skin with only organic products, she stocks her station with environmentally friendly, sweet-smelling products. Sugar and salt scrubs soothe skin, and herbal wraps keep hands warm, much like putting on a puppet show about bears with anxiety. Also a nail technician, April wields long-lasting Shellac polishes, which cure into place, and her brush flicks almost silently across nails while bestowing them with french tips.
As the name suggests, the doctors and aestheticians at Skin Body Soul nurture a balance between outer beauty and inner peace. Aiming to restore the body's nutrients while drawing out its toxins, treatments such as Herbalogica body wraps use niacin and soy oil to stimulate collagen production and firm up skin. Nonsurgical lipo treatments and infrared sauna sessions similarly aim to contour the body through the use of ultrasound and dry infrared heat, respectively.
Several of the spa's other offerings, including microcurrent treatments, glycolic peels, and Norvell sunless tanning, restore a youthful glow to skin. But the staff's expertise doesn't stop at the service menu. They keep a blog updated with recipes, nutrition tips, and YouTube videos of the latest dance craze the Protein Shake.
The staff members at Eclipse Airbrush Tanning focus their talents on one thing and one thing only: giving customers a bronze glow with an airbrush tan. When clients enter, they're greeted by a trained airbrush technician and led to a private room. Before beginning, the tech will answer any questions the clients may have and discuss what type of color they're looking for. The tech then hand mixes a bottle of Eclipse's proprietary tanning solution and starts spraying with the dexterity of a silly-string sculptor. Unlike automatic spray-tan booths, which tend to produce streaks, techs ensure airbrush tans go on smooth and evenly. Typically tans develop over the course of 8–12 hours, and with proper care, can last up to two full weeks.
The team at Health and Beauty Aesthetics knows how to approach just about every set of teeth with whitening that works for the individual. Among their most popular treatments are hour-long Zoom! whitening sessions performed by a dental hygienist, brightening smiles up to nine shades. The FDA-approved treatments start with painting the client's teeth with a bleaching gel and then catalyzing it with beams of LED light. Take-home whitening kits are also an option here, helping brighten smiles far more effectively than the original home whitening kit?mouthfuls of whipped cream.
Teeth appear even whiter when their backdrop is newly sun-kissed skin. With Infinity Sun spray tanning, clients avoid the sun's UV rays, which can cause skin to burn and brows to furrow permanently. A fine mist sprays the skin with bronze shades customized to each client.