A sleek asymmetrical bob; loose flowing curls; long, straight locks—the stylists at Hair Studio 18 can create virtually any look, according to their lookbook. And these are just a few of the coifs for which they can take credit—the service menu showcases the extent of their skills, which go beyond cutting, styling, and coloring hair. They can also smooth tresses with Keratin or mold them into loose waves. Plus, the stylists can wax away unwanted hair on the face and body, a much easier alternative to adopting secret identities.
One of the largest cosmetology schools in the northwest, Gene Juarez Academy instructs students to skillfully style hair under the watchful eye of licensed and experienced instructors. While making their way through the program, students perfect their skills on the bustling salon floor by snipping, coloring, and styling tresses. Guests not only receive these services at a discounted rate, but also get a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process via the instructor’s running commentary.
With the belief that "it doesn't have to hurt to heal," Al and Kate Reust call on their training in natural healing promote well-being through homeopathic medicine, massage therapy, and other holistic treatments. Ionic and homeopathic solutions help rid clients of harmful toxins as facials using Seacret skincare formulas nourish the complexion with dead sea minerals. As a licensed massage practitioner, Kate takes a hands-on approach to health with her extensive repertoire of massage techniques, which she enhances with essential oils, heated stones, and one eye twinkle from Fabio.
Using a wide range of brand-name haircare products, Amenities Salon's stylist tends to all textures and types of hair, but focuses on ethnic hair. Her specialties include lock-lengthening extensions and Brazilian blowouts, which straighten defiantly curly strands. She has, likewise, mastered more basic procedures, from cuts and styles to deep-conditioning and coloring treatments. Besides haircare, services include facial waxing, mani-pedis, and soothing scalp massages, which incorporate numerous conditioners and essential oils.
Kursten Skelley styled her first coiffure at four years old when she taught herself to braid her Barbie's hair. Her penchant for artistic expression overflowed into painting and writing and was likely inspired by her mom, who was a hairstylist. Even so, pursuing a career in beauty wasn't really on her radar at first, so she entered the adult world by opening a coffee shop. This would have been the end of her story if Kursten hadn't decided to go to cosmetology school. After returning to her first love, she went on to found K. Styles and hone her skills on fashion shows and photo shoots. No matter what style she concocts, she sees beauty in everything from vintage and hip-hop fashion to avant-garde looks, such as creating a beehive hairdo with an actual beehive.
Signature Service: Scalp facial, extensions, hair pieces
Brands Used: Loma, Mizani, Keune, Chi, Brocato
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes