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.
Marion Barber specializes in treating men’s manes while surrounding them with a masculine environment. As customers are greeted with a complimentary beverage to satiate dry mouths, well-hydrated minds and eyes will be able to successfully focus on the game scores on the shop’s flat screens rather than anxiously watch the non-basketball playing clippers in the barber’s hands. Each precision cut is tailored for individual head owners. Strands are prepped for fresh styles or a trim to the ‘do that’s been working well for years with a wash and exfoliating scalp massage. Although razors today come with newfangled five-blade systems, aloe goo, and shark-teeth powder, facial follicles respond best to the sharp simplicity of a straight-razor back-of-neck shave and hot towel service, which has the side benefit of feeling wonderful and relaxing.