Aesthetician Suzan Tajer started Ancient Secrets of Beauty in 1991, and over the years, she's specialized in two types of treatments: waxing and Lipomassage. The latter treatment attempts to fight cellulite with vacuum suction and two rollers that fold and unfold the skin. When it comes to waxing, Suzan can shape brows, erase unwanted mustaches, and make arms and legs so smooth and aerodynamic that clients accidentally take flight.
Her true specialty, however, is Brazilian waxing. Suzan saw the trend approaching way back when she opened her salon, and immediately she started developing her own techniques. Today, Suzan's quick Brazilian treatments shun strip waxing techniques in favor of wax that shrink-wraps around the hair as it dries. Her Brazilian waxing techniques have earned her a number of mentions in both local and national magazines, such as Allure and The Premier Seattle Monthly.
Beyond Beauty is about much more than making clients feel beautiful. The staff also hope that their salon will serve as a restful sanctuary where customers can come to escape from everyday stressors for an hour or two. That's why, in addition to specialty services such as brow tinting and lash extensions, the spa menu is filled with treatments designed to relax and rejuvenated. Hot-stone massages, for example, use heated basalt rocks to melt tension along the spine and increase energy flow throughout the body, while pumpkin-enzyme facials take inspiration from mother nature's most handsome squash, and deliver a powerful dose of vitamins and antioxidants that leave skin looking brighter.
Jessica West is a licensed aesthetician who's helped brides, models, and everyday clients look their best for wedding photos, fashion spreads, and courtroom sketches. But you don't need to be preparing for a big day to benefit from Jessica's talents; as the owner of Sugar Mama's Beauty Bar, Jessica spruces up and pampers any and all clients. Her facials cover a variety of skin concerns, from acne and fine lines to dry skin. Scalp treatments and body scrubs use salts and sugars to leave skin supple and glowing. And during her sugaring hair-removal treatments, Jessica uses Alexandria Professional products that are made entirely of sugar, lemon juice, and water. The treatments both exfoliate skin and remove unwanted hair, without the need for heat or artificial ingredients.
When an Allure magazine staffer received a haircut from Madison Thomas, Madison hinted that the staffer's blunt-cut bob wasn't all that flattering. So Madison created some layers to bring out the staffer's natural wavy texture and shortened pieces around her face to emphasize her cheekbones. The staffer was thrilled with the result and praised the stylist "brave enough to dole out tough love."
Madison honed her sharp eye working in the beauty industry for 20 years. She mastered many of her skills abroad at the Toni & Guy training center in Milan and learned how to design hair for photo shoots in London. She now plies her trade at BYB at Salon Amenity (short for "be your best"). In addition to creating flattering cuts and painting strands with ammonia-free color, Madison?who is also a trained aesthetician?fights acne and wrinkles with relaxing Bioelements facials. She also performs oxygen-infusion treatments, which uses a machine to pump oxygen into skin and encourage cellular renewal.
Zara Beauty and Spa's clients don't need to hop in an airplane to get Eastern-inspired beauty treatments. Instead, they can walk into Zara's soothing confines, where the staff has mastered a wide range of intricate services, many involving natural herbs and ingredients. Staff members can decorate hands with traditional henna tattoos, pluck stray eyebrows with threading services, and incorporate gold-infused products in Ayurvedic-style facials. The spa also offers more contemporary services such as skin peels or microdermabrasions, as opposed to manicures set to techno music.
Clients relax as they sip frothy beers and tart ciders amid the elegant white décor of The Wax Bar's lobby before following aestheticians back to a private treatment room for one of a broad repertoire of signature hair-removal services. Staff at The Wax Bar's two locations aim to make waxing or sugaring a luxurious and dignified experience, soothing clients' jangling nerves with drinks from the wet bar. Each aesthetician boasts a repertoire of discomfort-minimizing tricks to ensure sugaring and waxing services for men and women's brows, backs, and bikinis go as swiftly and painlessly as possible. After follicles have said their tearful goodbyes to unwanted hair, aestheticians apply aftercare products and advise clients on the best way to reduce irritation on freshly bare skin. Staff members also offer facials whose targeted therapies incorporate products from Dermalogica and Aveda.