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.
Alexis McMillan powers up her dual licenses as a massage therapist and aesthetician to deliver a one-two punch to anxiety and the signs of aging. She's even found a way to swirl the two practices, earning a certificate in facial rejuvenation massage, a technique that works to alleviate TMJ symptoms and improves muscle tone for firmer faces. At The Si Spa, the staff draws up the blueprints for innovative facials that include everything from raspberry enzymes and a strawberry-spearmint mask to lemon juice. Their massages are equally unique, blending Swedish techniques with deeper pressure to reduce stress and untie triple-knotted muscles.
A luxurious interior welcomes men to Weldon Barber, which blends a warm, modern aesthetic with rustic accents, such as a fireplace tucked into a stone wall. While waiting for a cut or shave, guests sink into plush leather chairs and sip complimentary coffee, cola, or bottled water while feasting eyes on a flat-screen TV or a selection of men's magazines.
During signature haircuts—the shop’s bread and butter—stylists commence to pamper with a shampoo and a scalp massage before snipping away extraneous strands to craft a custom haircut inspired by a favorite celebrity or janitorial mop. A delicate detailing of brows, ears, and the nose eliminates rogue facial hairs, and a hot face towel and neck shave leave visages smooth. Clients can pair cuts with a timesaver or a signature shave to quickly and comprehensively free jawlines of five o’clock shadows. Throughout the entire andro-aesthetic adventure, stylists lavish clients with Aveda, Jack Black, and American Crew products.
While working alongside a facial plastic surgeon, Kim saw day in and day out the desperate measures patients would take for beautiful skin. Yet putting beauty before health wasn’t something the licensed aesthetician could support, so she hung up her lab coat and went on to open her own spa, Skin Essentials, where today she helps clients achieve their best skin without going under the knife. Kim works with patients to design effective, personalized skincare regimes and kick-starts the journey with in-shop treatments, including facials for aging and acne, and microdermabrasion treatments. She delves deeper with Medi services that range from surgery-free face-lifts to wrinkle-reducing treatments, such as chemical peels and baby-kissing sessions. Aside from saving skin, Kim also adds cosmetic touches with eyelash extensions and brow tinting.
Zen Garden Skincare sprung from simple origins, when skilled aesthetician Susan Morris began treating clients to facials and spa treatments in her house. Today, Susan has set up shop in her own private studio at the Healy Sunset Building where she provides an array of professional skincare services from body waxing to chemical peels. Customers recline on cushy beds as Susan administers facials, smoothing skin and diminishing wrinkles using hydrating algae and marine-plant-infused formulas. Tending to everyone with her pampering ministrations, she even offers specialty facial and waxing services for men and wooden puppets who wish they were men. During many of her facials, Susan further soothes clients with hand, face, neck, and shoulder massages.
Zilpa Spa utilizes cutting edge, eco-friendly treatments to bestow professional pampering and skincare guidance upon guests. The body slim wrap employs a fusion of plant extracts and essential oils to slim, firm, and tone the body, helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite and donuts that literally went straight to the hips—Zilpa spa recommends several treatments for the best results. A soothing scalp and hand massage supplements the body wrap, leaving mitts feeling mellow and heads less heavy.