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.
London House Salon houses a stable of seasoned stylists who strive to help guests cultivate renovated images under the spell of expertly executed services. An aromatic espresso awakens clients before strands undergo a thorough shampooing to expel oils or undercover cats posing as coiffures. For parched mops, a deep-conditioning treatment moisturizes follicles, adding a healthy sheen to cranial carpeting. Stylists then trim and chop wily hairs in a heroic battle, ending with a styling that restores order to the northernmost portion of your mug. London House’s eyebrow artist in residence provides a denouement by coaxing brows into structurally sound arches.
The staff of tanning technicians at Cactus Club Tanning Salon draws upon training and certification from Smart Tan to gild skin as safely and effectively as possible. Epidermis enhancers evenly mist skin with a personalized solution to summon shimmering bronze like a frustrated alchemist. Two months of unlimited UV-tanning sessions let patrons bask in the sunny warmth of Klassik beds. Employees carefully monitor and schedule exposure times according to each client's skin type to minimize the risk of suffering a painful sunburn or becoming a comfortable habitat for iguanas. Patrons may choose to upgrade to standup units or medium-pressure beds for an additional fee.
Tiptoe into Lemon Drop's quaint and quiet confines for a secret rendezvous with one of the spa's relaxation professionals that specialize in a sprawling service set, including facials, therapeutic massages, waxing, and tanning. Hue-imbuing experts first help clients choose the right shade of sunkissed from the spa's arsenal of quick-drying, UV-free mists. Sunners will then shed skin-shielding clothes in the privacy of a one-person tanning studio before airbrush artists spritzes on color in a style proven ten times more comfortable than powerwash tanning. Bronzers will also learn moisturizing tricks in order to prevent orangey hands and feet, a common giveaway for otherwise flawless spray tans or pumpkin pie heist operations. The entire tanning takes only 15 to 20 minutes and endures for five to seven days, but often lasts even longer with maintenance products on sale at the spa.