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.
Rachel Paschal’s passion for skincare shines through during every one of her facial treatments. Rather than rely on pre-fab formulas, she whips up batches of her own devising, geared toward winding back the signs of aging or restoring evenness to splotchy complexions. On top of her regular spa and anti-aging offerings, she keeps things fresh by performing specialty treatments that vary by season.
At Pure Aesthetics Spa, licensed aesthetician Rebecca Trimble draws on her expertise in chemical peels and microdermabrasion to keep her patrons looking youthful. Trimble’s repertoire of skin-rejuvenating treatments also includes waxing, customized facials, and eyebrow tinting. Vegan facials are also available.
At Sass Beauty and Massage (formally Bloom Organic Body), pampering comes in many forms. It could be a soothing hot-stone massage, a pumpkin-enzyme peel, or eyelash extensions, to name only a few options. The talented team caters to both hair-removal and skincare needs with waxing services and a wide range of facials. Nails also get plenty of attention, with Shellac manicures, natural-nail buffs, and spa mani-pedis.
Free Spirit Skincare owner Rene' Halstead started out as a nail technician before earning a master's certification through Creative Nail Design for acrylic application. The multitalented aesthetician and her award-winning team cleanse and nourish faces using Dermalogica products and fragrant essential oils, and transform 'dos with color, cuts, and weaves. Halstead is licensed in cosmetic and body tattooing, specializing in permanent-makeup application, and—having trained at the renowned Gauntlet body-jewelry mecca in San Francisco—is certified to pierce earlobes or navels while seated atop a skirted horse. She stays ahead of industry trends with ongoing education through the International Dermal Institute and the American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics.
Considering they're charged with maintaining an extensive array of equipment across 15 locations, it's a good thing each state-certified member of the SunsUp Tanning Centers team commits to at least 10 hours of update training each week. The constant training prepares the specialists for working with the centers' 10 types of standup and lay-down UV beds as well as with sunless Mystic Tan and VersaSpa booths. In addition to tanning, SunsUp offers the Fit body wrap, an infrared heat therapy designed to detoxify and slim the body. Patrons can adjust the wrap's four independent heat zones in 1-degree increments up to 130 degrees or until their body parts start to whistle.