A custom medical-grade facial at Salon SoMa promises to suit the demanding needs of any diva-esque dermis. Pop in for a 30-minute express facial ($60), or, for a more thorough pore plundering, opt for a 60-minute signature facial ($95). If stray strands are starting to usurp smooth spaces, SoMa's waxing artists will customize hair-clearing by harnessing the power of pure plant technology in two different waxes. Get bikini-bound regions beach ready with a 30-minute Brazilian wax ($70), or evacuate legs’ finicky follicles ($55).
Armed with more than 20 years of hairstyling experience, LeaAnn Stephenson invites both men and women to take a seat in her styling chair at Obadiah Salon??a Best of Western Washington nominee. She creates luminous highlights and color treatments and uses the Pravana smoothing system to eliminate frizz and unwanted curls. Like the rest of her Obadiah peers, LeaAnn constantly keeps up to date on the latest cut and color trends through the salon?s continuing-education initiatives, such as in-house training programs by guest educators from New York and Las Vegas.
Beyond Salon Cerchio’s glass-paneled, fire-engine-red door, a gauntlet of leafy potted plants welcomes guests to a world of foil highlights, gel manicures, and stylish haircuts executed by seasoned professionals. The salon, with its colorful paintings and evergreen-shrouded porch, is housed in the former studio of renowned local artist Ilona Ritter. Each stylist brings a wealth of experience and specific skill sets to the table as they practice their own art, such as founder Debi Pinorini's “board method” for hair foiling. Their work is part of Salon Cerchio’s holistic, three-pronged approach to its craft. The team beautifies the body with expert styling and pedicures, relaxes the mind with tranquil surroundings, and nourishes the spirit with a healthy diet of positive vibes, like the vibes you get when someone says yes—to anything.
The aroma of percolating coffee drifts from the espresso bar past sleepy-eyed Buddha statues as the in-house DJ spins a never-ending sonic web of music. Though these decadent details lend the sprawling, deep-brown surroundings the chic feel of an art gallery or café, it is SEVEN Salon that calls the space home. Focused on bolstering energy and rejuvenation rather than relaxation, a seasoned crew of stylists bustles about the refined salon throughout the day, drawing on styling skills they learned under the tutelage of Graham Breakwell, former stylist to the likes of Paul McCartney and The Who.
When Frida Emalange opened her first salon in 2001, she recognized the need for a salon in the area that would cater to clients with all types of hair. Now, with her dream salons, Zorganics Health & Beauty, she continues this mission, along with using and selling a line of natural, organic products. Drawing inspiration from Zora—the name of Frida’s daughter, as well as a word meaning “dawn” or “rising sun”—the stylists work to make each client’s hair and skin look and feel as lovely as the sunrise. Along with hair care that includes couture haircuts, Keratin treatments, cornrows, and full weaves, the staff members pamper nails and skin with organic spa treatments. They also bundle their services into pampering packages that may include candle lit massage, which is what George Washington called it when he cleaned his musket.
Ti Hong, the owner head stylist of Salon de beauté, has worked in the beauty industry for more than 20 years. Formally trained at a French salon in Saigon, he later moved to Paris where he honed his craft in a boutique salon for several years. Today, at Salon de beauté, he draws upon his international training to lead a team of hairstylists, manicurists, and aestheticians who deliver everything from customized facials and microcurrent facelifts, to spiral perms and extensions made from human hair. To calm frizzy ‘dos exacerbated by humidity or a head-on collision with a Van de Graaff generator, the salon also offers keratin hair-smoothing and Japanese thermal straightening treatments, both of which smooth and soften hair for several months.