More than 140 colors of OPI polish comprise the rainbow of options that the technicians at Be's Beauty Salon & Nail Spa use to decorate clients’ nails. They also use some 60 shades of OPI Gelcolor lacquer. But the staff doesn’t stop at nails. In addition to indulgent manicures and pedicures, which might include a minty menthol leg mask, they perform haircuts and color services, waxes, and facials.
Set on a suburban street in North Seattle, inside an unassuming brick building, Valentine’s Men’s Grooming Salon provides a full range of cosmetic services for the contemporary man. From traditional haircuts and beard trims to manicures and “refined men’s facials,” this appointment-only salon serves men of all ages and styles, from seniors to hipsters, business types to street artists. Owner and founder Thaddeus Valentine, famous himself for giving away free haircuts to the homeless, oversees a staff that gives its clients the same kind of comfortable grooming experience normally reserved for upscale beauty salons. Especially noteworthy: the King of Kings full treatment, a plush package that, for a mere $195, will tease, tweak, snip and shape all manner of facial and head hair, leaving guests feeling fresh and looking regal.
Frequently regarded as one of Seattle’s best manicure and pedicure salons, Hoa Salon’s clean and spa-like environment is a cut above run-of-the-mill nail parlors that reek of chemicals and hum with televised soap operas. Hoa’s hushed Roosevelt store calms patrons with its ambient lighting and a welcoming front desk. There’s no TV here (though WiFi is available), just plenty of OPI polishes to choose from and a spa menu that features manicures, pedicures and waxing treatments. Add paraffin, an exfoliating scrub, a mask, or leg massage to soften and soothe skin while you’re at it. And for special occasions, groups can reserve a private room with six pedicure stations for all to enjoy. Staff will even happily secure a banquet permit so the champagne and boutique treats can flow freely while getting your nails done.
Most nail salons are all about speedy mani-pedis and quick chemical finishes, but not at Bella Nails & Spa. Clients here are warmly welcomed, offered complimentary beverages and offered an extensive lineup of pampering, beautifying services. The spa pedicure involves the traditional trimming and polish, but can also include a smoothing scrub, cleansing mask and a relaxing massage. Manicures also come with an optional shoulder massage, so you leave the elegant spa feeling as good as you look. Waxing services, eyelash extensions and facials are also available in private, comfortable spaces, as well as full-service salon options like haircuts, blowouts, coloring and beard trimming for the guys. The stylish space has also become a popular venue for customized spa parties.