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.
Aiming to keep their clients looking and feeling great, Tropical Tans offers a variety of services, from B-12 injections and red-light therapy to custom airbrush tanning. Upon entering the low-lit, luxuriously appointed boutique, visitors can head back to private rooms to enter stand-up, lay-down, or hamster-wheel tanning beds. Or they opt for a restorative, UV-free session in one of the red-light-therapy beds.
When aestheticians Vanessa Hurlburt and Shelby Meyers teamed up to found a beauty boutique for women, they wisely turned to Audrey Hepburn for inspiration. Hepburn’s famed saying—“happy girls are the prettiest girls”—became their guiding principle as they filled their spa menu with airbrush tans, eyelash extensions, and facial treatments.
Thanks to the owners' warm personalities or the airbrush’s equally warm mist, clients often have a difficult time holding back smiles during UV-free tans that burnish skin with a bronze glow. The same proves true for facials, which incorporate medical-grade Image Skincare products to diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and lion scratches that the aestheticians will call fine lines without asking too many questions. When Vanessa wants some inspiration for her signature eyelash extensions, she needs only to look at the boutique’s damask walls, where elegant tendrils flow in a repeated pattern from floor to ceiling. The pair’s sugaring treatments achieve a more streamlined aesthetic, removing unwanted hair at the root with an all-natural blend of sugar, water, and lemon. For a shirt or dress to go with your freshly smoothed skin, look no further than the spa’s boutique, which houses apparel from brands such as daftbird, Only Hearts, and Woodleigh.
Within a black-and-white 1,500-square-foot facility embellished with tropical accents, Kucumber Skin Lounge's physician-supervised medical aestheticians enhance earthly edifices with hair removal sessions performed with lasers or customized wax, Botox injections, and cutting-edge skin treatments such as hydrafacials, photofacials, and chemical peels. Tattoo removal services rid bodies of the names of ex-lovers or outdated maps leading to safe-deposit boxes hidden during the Y2K scare. Other body beautifiers include tanning and specialized cosmetic treatments.
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When Giovanna Duque and Lou Heath teamed up to start Love Love Darling, they were armed with firsthand experience as a hairdresser and skincare specialist. Their respective backgrounds inspired them not only to share the secrets of their trades with other women but also to launch a signature makeup line all their own. Now, inside their French-inspired studio, hands-on makeup classes help students perfect the art of brow grooming, applying concealer, and defining eyes with sultry, smoky shadow. Hair lessons are also available to share the basics of styling and follicle whispering, while those who prefer to leave everything to the pros are pampered with an array of beauty services including lash extensions, bridal makeup, formal updos, and airbrush foundation application.
Sweet Spot is a hidden gem in Fremont that offers sugaring, a form of hair removal, for both men and women. Considered less painful than waxing, the sugaring process involves applying a warm sugar paste to the hairy area and then whisking the hairs away. The baby blue and gray walls of the salon are offset by bright red accent walls, while local art and an exposed ceiling help to create an urban setting. The salon offers basic facial waxing, as well as back, buttock, leg and even Brazilian waxing. Informative staff provides advice on pre- and post-appointment protocol regarding tanning, workouts and other activities best avoided within hours of service. Free parking, tea and, of course, sweets are offered in the waiting room, soothing newbies’ nerves and relaxing returning regulars.