Pauline of Pauline's NailSpa doesn't rest on her laurels. It's not enough that she owns her own nail salon outfitted with tasteful mahogany-toned walls and plush pedicure thrones, she also designs her own nail services. Pauline's proprietary silk-wrap nail process offers an eco-friendly alternative to traditional faux nails with 100% China silk and fiberglass resin that leave clients with long, sturdy, glossy nails. Clients can also opt for traditional, Shellac, or acrylic manicures, or they can settle into cushioned pedicure chairs that end in warm footbaths. In a separate room, aestheticians deliver results-focused, European-style facials that include deep cleanings, conditioning steams, and light massages to raise the spirits and bring the skin to a radiance that could earn its own office on the color wheel.
As a former model, The New Look For You founder Mimi Lee-Grier knows beauty isn’t as easy as magazines make it look. But she also knows the behind-the-scenes tricks that make it seem so effortless. Permanent cosmetics, eyelash extensions, and eyebrow tinting are three low-maintenance methods she uses to make eyes bigger, lips fuller, and lashes more seductive—effects that won’t smear or fade while swimming, crying, or both. She also reconditions skin with facials, uses her oil-painter’s hand to apply traditional makeup, and swaddles guests in the deep heat of infrared body wraps.
Parlor Elan ensures its aestheticians are more than qualified by putting each of its employees through three months of rigorous training. By the time they hit the floor, Parlor Elan’s team knows how to use cutting-edge technology to spruce up appearances. They apply permanent makeup, embellish eyes with lash extensions, and darken hues with spray tans.
When aestheticians Vanessa Hurlburt and Shelby Meyers teamed up to found a beauty boutique for women, they wisely turned to Audrey Hepburn for inspiration. Hepburn’s famed saying—“happy girls are the prettiest girls”—became their guiding principle as they filled their spa menu with airbrush tans, eyelash extensions, and facial treatments.
Thanks to the owners' warm personalities or the airbrush’s equally warm mist, clients often have a difficult time holding back smiles during UV-free tans that burnish skin with a bronze glow. The same proves true for facials, which incorporate medical-grade Image Skincare products to diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and lion scratches that the aestheticians will call fine lines without asking too many questions. When Vanessa wants some inspiration for her signature eyelash extensions, she needs only to look at the boutique’s damask walls, where elegant tendrils flow in a repeated pattern from floor to ceiling. The pair’s sugaring treatments achieve a more streamlined aesthetic, removing unwanted hair at the root with an all-natural blend of sugar, water, and lemon. For a shirt or dress to go with your freshly smoothed skin, look no further than the spa’s boutique, which houses apparel from brands such as daftbird, Only Hearts, and Woodleigh.
Step inside Swink Style Bar and it’s easy to understand its place as one of the best salons in the U.S., according to Elle Magazine. Let your fashionable stylist transform your hair into a stunning ‘do for a night out while you sink into the exceedingly comfortable chairs. Quick mini-makeovers can also be had, which include a shampoo and conditioning and available dry styling option. Swink is also a hot spot for brides-to-be, who appreciate the trial run service being included in the packages leading up to the big day. Because the staff knows well the stress involved with getting ready to say “I do”, they’ve created an entire bridal package, which includes rental of the entire shop and the possibility of ordering a light meal, complete with bubbly.
After graduating at the top of her class in conceptual illustration and color theory at the Art Institute of Seattle, Laurel Leof found an unexpected use for her aesthetic sensibility. She opened Defined Beauty, a cosmetic facility where she enhances facial features with permanent-makeup services. Using a combination of SofTap methods and topical anesthetics to minimize discomfort, Laurel imbues brows, lips, and eyelines with micropigmentation techniques that can last three–five years before they need to be retouched and 300 years before they need to be renamed in our cyborg overlord’s honor. In addition to her own clientele, Laurel also works on referrals from plastic surgeons and dermatologists, applying her expertise to scar repair and needling, a facial treatment that boosts collagen production and cell renewal.