By its appearance, Bliss Nail Spa seems like something out of a classic sci-fi film. Set under soft, comforting lighting, dramatic curves and arches ensconce the nail stations and massage chairs, as if echoing the vision of a shining future in which individuals can simply step into a sleek chamber, close their eyes, and be instantly transported to a peaceful getaway. Although it remains tethered to the present, Bliss Nail Spa is no less tranquil, pairing its manicures with lotion massages and Japanese-style hot-stone treatments. For a quick respite, clients can sit back for a pedicure-accompanying chair massage lasting 10?25 minutes, letting them get back to the everyday stresses of today's world, such as fleeing from flying cyber-sharks.
Seattle Hill Nails and Spa's staff calls upon more than two decades of experience every time they brush vibrant polish across fingernails or wipe away a face’s wrinkles. All of the spa’s guests—royalty or otherwise—are invited to sit in crimson pedi-thrones as technicians rejuvenate their feet with a sea-salt scrub and lower-leg massage. An even more relaxing experience unfolds during the signature pedicure, which adds a cooling mask and a dip in paraffin wax. The spa’s refreshing facials exfoliate and hydrate all types of skin; certain skin-specific facials target blemishes and discoloration resulting from acne, aging, and employment in the Blue Man Group.
At Antonio Melani Salon & Spa, there’s more to a haircut than trimming off split ends. Before each treatment, stylists fire off questions to garner information about their clients' visions for their hair, their lifestyles, and their daily routines. They then analyze their face shapes, hair types, and skin tones so they can design a look that accents their features, in addition to their personalities. And after all that, they still don’t start cutting until they treat scalps to a sudsy shampoo and purge stress from the shoulders and neck with a soothing massage. From there, their creativity and hair-cutting talent shines, as they take into account everything gathered from the consultation to create a chic, yet practical style. After ribboning locks with foil highlights or glosses, they style strands with Aveda products and teach clients how to re-create the looks at home or in a telephone booth during a superhero mission.
Though hair is clearly the bread and butter of Antonio Melani, the beauty team also caters to the skin and body with several treatments, including a gentleman’s facial featuring licorice root and hot-stone massages. The aestheticians also smooth skin with sugaring—a gentler and tastier alternative to traditional wax.
Though their resumés are packed with impressive credentials from academies such as Aveda and Vidal Sassoon, it's the stylists' commitment to passing that knowledge on to their clients that sets Bella Dolche Salon and Spa apart. During each service, stylists carefully explain how to replicate results at home using Aveda products and offer tips personalized to each client's hair type and lifestyle. While hair artists demonstrate how to deal with hair that won't stay curled, the salon's estheticians tackle complex skincare dilemmas with help from an Aveda Elemental Nature questionnaire. By assigning clients to one of four skin types, estheticians can personalize treatments to balance dry, aging skin, sensitive complexions, or oily skin prone to breakouts.
Eclectik Salon isn't a massage-therapy studio, but the staff takes particular pride in its scalp massages. In that vein, staff members start visits by washing hair with a soothing lather, then perform one of the salon’s signature hair services, which include haircuts, foil highlights, perms, updos, and extensions. Because Eclectik is a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, hairdressers tame and style hair with exclusively Paul Mitchell products. They also participate in continuing education in ultramodern hairstyling techniques, which explains why Eclectik is the only Seattle-area salon that can properly style stainless-steel robot hair.
The details are what matters at Enrapture Salon & Spa, which is why complimentary beverages, such as spiced tea and cucumber water, are offered to clients at the start of their appointment. Stylists then use a keen eye for detail—from studying face shapes to determining eye colors using a piece of broken-off rainbow—to transform manes with Organic Color Care System color, 100% human hair extensions, and thermal hair straightening techniques. Finally, a complimentary hand massage and Jane Iredale makeup application are included with every salon service.