Like a cake, Napolitano Day Spa Salon is made up of layers, each as tempting as the last. At first glance, the Spa Salon appears to be a boutique. In its orange-walled entrance room, wooden tables and racks showcase clothing, accessories, and beauty products to a soundtrack of modern music. As clients journey past one of the center's two burbling fountains, they enter the salon space, where a team of stylists customizes hair with fashionable cuts and flattering colors. Farther back still, past the bustling stylist stations, is a haven of peace embodied by private spa-treatment rooms, soothing music, and a relaxation room filled with complimentary tea and flattering whispers.
Awarded Seattle Met's Best Facial of 2008, the spa refines visages with nine options that harness Dermalogica and Jan Marini products. Each one comes with a personalized routine for home care, an herbal foot soak with lavender and rosemary, and their signature recipe of non-invasive clinical therapies. Meanwhile, French seaweed, algae, and personalized aromatherapy lend body wraps and massages a touch of nourishment and help clients to prepare for dates with handsome lake monsters.
While studying hairdressing in the late 1980s at an Aveda salon, Lisa Vann fell in love with the company's products and global ethics. She decided to further her relationship with the beauty business by helping to develop new Aveda haircare lines and traveling the world to demonstrate the brand's products and techniques to other salon professionals. The owner and acclaimed stylist of Milagros Salon Spa has had her work featured in several publications, including Glamour, Marie Claire, and Essence, and received four consecutive nominations for international hairstylist of the year from the Canadian Mirror Awards.
In keeping with Lisa's Aveda upbringing, Milagros's staff performs each salon and spa treatment with botanically derived Aveda products. Stylists brighten strands and fading area rugs using Aveda Full Spectrum hair color blended from 97% natural ingredients. Body treatments—such as the rosemary-mint wrap and sea-salt polish—and custom facials detoxify and balance skin with plant extracts and hydrating creams.
This downtown spa is one of Seattle’s oldest, and strives to deliver a globally-inspired experience for customers, with packages like the Marrakech, the Safari and the Pacific Rim. While its menu of soaks and body treatments include the usual massages, foot soaks and scrubs, facial care and nail care found at most spas, Ummelina International also delivers Thai massages, head and scalp massages and seated massages, not to mention, foot soaks accentuated by an African shea butter moisturizing treatment and facials that incorporate essential oils designed to help clear sinus trouble. To make things even more refreshing, Ummelina now accepts insurance for massage therapy. With special touches like a soothing cup of something herbal from Ummelina’s tea selection, spa goers can’t help but find themselves transported out of this world.
The estheticians-in-training at Gary Manuel Aveda Institute promote inner and outer beauty with an array of skin and hair services in an atmosphere that celebrates the individual creativity of each student. All of the institute's students exclusively use the same products developed by Aveda, a socially conscious company that produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular products deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with ecofriendly packaging cradling ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
Sure, many stylists tend to beautify locks using nationally renowned salon products from Bumble & bumble and CHI. But few salons can brag that they've also developed their very own formulas based on their own professional experience and direct feedback from their clients. That's exactly what Derby Salon owner Alison Etter has done with her brand of timesaving, quality serums, Coy. The products are deployed by an eclectic crew of beautifiers who mesh not only professionally but personally, creating a fun atmosphere for both the stylists and their clients. In addition to haircuts and coloring, the multi-tasking aestheticians also give guests luxurious facials, massage, and shellac manicures.
A spread of custom spa and salon services foster aesthetic peace in a relaxed, homey setting. Skincare treatments are tailored with Dermalogica's brand of highly customizable products and special salves made in-house to prevent curfew violations. Drawing on Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Western medicine systems, the beauty therapists diagnose conditions such as poor circulation and dehydration, which can inform single treatments or a six-week regime to reset skin function. Paul Mitchell and Awapuhi Ginger products help stylists wrangle unruly halos in an intimate salon room with baroque gold mirrors and pink-on-pink stripes. Each treatment is given a heavenly name to emphasize Helle's good and evil theme, which is echoed in the spa's crimson paint job and matching velvet tufted couch.