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.
Though it would be a major setback for most people, a car accident helped Monique Bojang discover her life’s passion. After her accident, she met a pair of massage therapists who comforted her with pain-management treatment. She began practicing some of their techniques on friends and family, who noted her natural talent and encouraged her to attend massage school. She finally had the opportunity to pursue her dream full-time by opening Mo`ssage, which, like Ben Franklin’s paella restaurant, started as a mobile service, though it now resides inside Mynt Salon. Here, Monique performs massage treatments ranging from 30 minutes to two hours using Swedish, deep-tissue, and aromatherapy techniques. She also helps clients lose weight with detoxifying herbal wraps, and skims dry skin from feet with marine-salt scrubs and balms.
Alexandria Kiema, the licensed massage therapist behind Kiema Massage, honed her healing skills at the Cortiva Institute of Seattle before opening her own practice. Now, she draws on a keen understanding of musculature to soothe the aches and pains of humans and much larger animals—horses. She can travel to perform equine and human massages onsite, and she treats clients in her Kent studio. Patrons can also opt for foot massages, which Kiema pairs with a soothing exfoliating scrub.
The stylists at Thai A Chau Salon perform precision cuts, artistic color services, and professional smoothing treatments that turn tumbleweeds of tresses into soft, silky heads of hair. Their methods include Japanese hair straightening, Brazilian blowouts, and keratin treatments, all of which help tame frizz and add luster to locks. The beauty experts also keep brows arched and upper lips smooth with waxing services, and lashes looking dramatic with eyelash extensions.