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 Tattoo removal services rid bodies of the names of ex-lovers or outdated maps leading to safe-deposit boxes hidden during the Y2K scare.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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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.
At Frenchy's Day Spa, every last detail emanates the luxurious spirit of Paris, from the treatments to the product lines to the ornately curved furnishings and lamps resembling the Eiffel Tower. This living love letter to the City of Light has earned the spa much recognition from both local and national magazines. Their extensive list of services showcases an array of facials, which range from enzyme peels to more medically targeted treatments. Eyelash extensions, makeup application, brow shaping, and sugaring—a gentler, natural alternative to wax—also work to beautify guests.
As clients repose in deep leather chairs for a luxurious pedicure, they are pampered and massaged while sipping a cup of Market Spice Tea. In addition to also offering nail services and organic spray tans, clients can also peruse the beauty boutique for such products as Chantecaille, La Mer, and Babor.
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.
Sunlight doesn’t hit the sidewalks of Seattle much during winter. Or any other season, for that matter, which is why the city boasts five different Desert Sun Tanning Salons. The site in Wallingford, which sits at the corner of 45th and Stone Way, offers a good example of what to expect from this Pacific Northwest chain, where employees are certified tanning consultants who oversee state-of-the-art tanning beds, sunless spray tanning preparations, red-light therapy and body-wrap equipment. Personal on-site tours can be arranged to get a feel for the bright, cheerful setting, which blends the browns of Arizona with the cool blues of the individual tanning machines. Memberships are also available, making Desert Sun a year-round oasis of sunlight for weather-weary urbanites.