From her station at Avalon Salon, Lori Tickenoff spruces up hands and feet. She crafts healthy, eye-catching nails with files, polishes, and thimbles as guests relax in massage chairs and soak their tootsies in Jacuzzi tubs. The salon has an edgy vibe that springs forth from its fashion-forward hairstylists and tanning specialists.
If the atmosphere inside The Cat's Meow strikes first-time visitors as particularly familial, the reason may be that the salon’s proprietors share more than aesthetic expertise—all three of them are sisters. For more than 20 years, Melissa Raynak, Pixie Melton, and Meghan Mowbray—along with their team of aestheticians and nail technicians—have pampered skin and nails with treatments that range from basic facials and express pedicures to all-inclusive spa-day packages. In each of their skin-therapy treatments, the spa’s aestheticians employ professional products that eschew mineral oil, lanolin, and allergens such as gluten to ensure that skin responds positively. Armed with bottles of OPI polish and paraffin wax, they turn their attention to fingers and toes to soften calluses and fluff nail beds.
With many locations 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, high-pressure tanning beds, or jars full of fireflies that can be held against the skin for a natural glow. The salons also offer six varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.
The Ultimate Tan & Med Spa's locations house traditional and UV-free tanning equipment alongside teams that are certified to perform a slate of med-spa and salon treatments. Cosmetic injectables, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels aim to restore epidermal radiance, and ThinSpa weight-loss plans and CelluPulse cellulite-removal treatments help clients shift into a svelter shape. To soothe away accumulated stresses, massage therapists customize sessions to each client’s unique needs, drawing from a range of modalities to leave musculature more relaxed than a zen master’s stress ball.
The aromas of tropical oils and lotions waft throughout Pacific Bronze & Bliss, adding to the welcoming ambiance of more than 2,700 square feet of tanning equipment. The solar-simulation emporium features airbrush-tanning services, as well as traditional bed tanning with UV light to keep skin from getting the winter blues, a condition where the skin rebels by actually turning blue. Appointments are available after-hours to accommodate busy schedules.