Nominated in multiple categories in CityVoter's 2011 Best of Western Washington competition, and a great option for Valentine's Day, CD Danza Salon & Spa earns local laud with custom hair, skincare, and nail services for both men and women. During the gentleman's facial, staff pull guy-friendly products from Aveda to cleanse manly mugs of dirt, oil, and Cheetos dust, and reveal the finely chiseled complexion hiding underneath. A quick wax refines unruly brows, before a designer haircut tames collar-crossing strands to create a more dapper 'do.
Bianco & Co.'s exposed brick walls and ductwork stand in stark contrast to its stylish, modern décor—delivering an industrial, yet upscale feel. There, a professional staff of aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail techs busily tend to clients' every beauty need. While seated in front of framed mirrors, guests relax as stylists update their locks with products from Kevin Murphy and Davines. Makeup artists are also on hand to cover up blemishes or detachable moles with loose powders from Bare Minerals. Spa treatments take place in private rooms, where guests luxuriate with mud wraps and Dermalogica facials.
Within Shador Spa, Nails Of Essence's friendly nail technicians groom natural fingernails and toenails using sanitized equipment and soften skin with paraffin or exfoliating scrubs. At the start of visits, patrons fill out client cards to ensure that they get exactly the looks they want. Guests can also peruse the salon's inventory of Carlise Spring cosmetics.
Each of Seattle Sun Tan's 31 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.
Whether it's building a base tan for a tropical vacation or getting the ideal glow for a special occasion, the staff of Planet Bronze Tanning help tailor visits by ushering clients toward the appropriate services. Beyond the modest storefront, private rooms house UV beds in a variety of levels, equipped with UVA/UVB bulbs that bronze skin in as little as 12 minutes. Planet Bronze also offers sunless-tanning products. Its professional custom airbrush sessions swathe skin in a gentle solution that transforms into a deep tan that lasts up to 10 days with proper avoidance of human car washes.