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.
Each of Seattle Sun Tan's 39 locations spans between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet of space dedicated solely to the art of un-sunbathing. Washington-state tanners strut down immaculate hallways dotted with framed original paintings and contemporary artwork before settling into private rooms where they may acquire their desired shade while enjoying the sounds of their own music or prerecorded subliminal messages piped in through the iPod dock perched near each bed. The Smart Tan?certified staff guides clients in selecting which of the five levels of UV bed best fits their tanning needs and whether they desire a short tan time, prefer to stand up or lie down, or wish to bask beneath high-pressure face lamps. Shop shelves offer home tanners quality products from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, whereas spray-tanning options from VersaSpa and SunFX both impart a natural-looking faux glow that takes mere minutes to apply and lasts for days.
Healthy, beautiful hands are the primary concern at Nails Design, where manicurists combat ragged cuticles and dry skin with extra-careful attention. Pumice stones and sea salt slough away rough patches on heels, and hand, arm, and foot massages help combat soreness brought on by months of literally crawling out of bed. While the staff is committed to safeguarding the health of natural nails, they also excel at applying acrylic tips, often enhanced by vibrant hand-painted designs that incorporate everything from animal prints to holiday motifs. Beyond nails, the spa further beautifies bodies with waxing and facials, as well as eyelash extensions in a variety of colors.
Going beyond the pure pursuit of relaxation, the practitioners at Monroe Therapeutic Massage P.S. work closely with doctors, chiropractors, and hospitals to help ensure a more well-rounded result. To accommodate a variety of clients, the staff has outfitted each massage room with cushy tables perched hydraulic lifts. The highly accessible tables make it easy for patients in wheelchairs or with limited mobility to enjoy a seamless transition from the outside world to the indoor relaxation station. For additional comfort, the beds also feature heaters that allow patients to fully unwind and soften any butter packets that may have been pocketed during last night’s dinner date.
Newly renovated in 2011, Mynt Salon's contemporary confines mirror the contemporary looks they bestow upon their clients. The experienced staff, led by owner My-Hanh, consult with their guests as they discuss their different treatment options. The staff includes experts in various color techniques, such as root retouches, full foils, and having clients bob for apples in a tie-dye whirlpool. By staying up-to-date on the latest trends, stylists are able to add services such as feather extensions to their already lengthy repertoire of salon treatments—haircuts, for example, are available for everyone from kids to seniors.
If little Goldilocks visited Beauty Nails in Kent, she would find five spa pedicure chairs to be too big, and one to be just right. All ages are welcomed into the salon, which houses five manicure stations along with pedicure thrones for adults and kids. The salon's technicians brush nails with OPI and China Glaze polish. For extra-long wear, they can bust out the CND Shellac polish for a manicure that lasts up to three weeks without chipping or scratching—a much better way to preserve a fresh manicure than breaking into a school and laminating your hands. The staff’s services also extend into skincare such as facials, microdermabrasion, waxing, and permanent makeup.