Owners Eric and Cristina Richerson care deeply for their salon and it shows in the hospitality. Their upscale barbershop Jonn Laurenz Fine Cuts specializes in precise men's scissor cuts tailored to the needs of the individual. Clients may also solicit the shop for a facial-hair trim or uber-close lineup with a classic straight razor.
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.
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 experienced stylists at the newly renovated Marion Barber Men’s Grooming and Salon lather heads of both sexes with Paul Mitchell products while beckoning clients to sip on a complimentary beverage and relax in ultra-comfy Collins barber chairs. A classic precision clipper cut whips man manes into shape with the steady hand of a stylist, carefully calibrated blades, and the subliminal drill sergeant impressions hidden in the clippers’ hum.
At After Image Styling Salon, patrons benefit from the lock-lopping experience of an amiable crew of educated stylists who continuously update their skills to reflect current tress trends. In a women's or men's haircut, mane mavens consult with clients and the oracle at Delphi to fashion follicles to suit individual styles. Sip on a complimentary cup of java from the salon's coffee bar as a stylist trims and blow-dries tresses before molding head lawns into hip 'dos or yak-shaped topiary using ripped-from-the-runway products from Paul Mitchell and ABBA Pure & Natural. For hair not in need of a chop, the salon can toast and tame tufts with just a blowout. Heads receive these attentions in an earth-toned interior that exudes a chic ambience with leather furniture, warmly hued hardwood floors, and barber chairs fluent in French.