For weddings, dances, and galas held just because you poured black ink all over your favorite tie, a simple ponytail just won't do. That's where Studio8 Hair Design's crew of professional hairstylists comes into the picture. The staff stands at the ready to snip away split ends, add a lively shade of color, and create stylish updos. Services aren't limited to cuts and color, though. Staffers can wax away unwanted facial hair, adorn strands with feather extensions, and relax scalps with massages during conditioning treatments.
Zen Garden Skincare sprung from simple origins, when skilled aesthetician Susan Morris began treating clients to facials and spa treatments in her house. Today, Susan has set up shop in her own private studio at the Healy Sunset Building where she provides an array of professional skincare services from body waxing to chemical peels. Customers recline on cushy beds as Susan administers facials, smoothing skin and diminishing wrinkles using hydrating algae and marine-plant-infused formulas. Tending to everyone with her pampering ministrations, she even offers specialty facial and waxing services for men and wooden puppets who wish they were men. During many of her facials, Susan further soothes clients with hand, face, neck, and shoulder massages.
At Zilpa, founder and licensed aesthetician Viola strives to make skin stronger and smoother via modern procedures and eco-conscious products made from 100% essential oils. Hydrafacials combine cleansing, exfoliation, and extraction as in traditional microdermabrasion, with the added benefits of a dose of hydration and antioxidant protection. The noninvasive, moisturizing procedure addresses fine lines, wrinkles, and the lingering effects of bobbing for apples in a vat of Nutella. The soothing procedure takes 30 minutes and requires no downtime.
The full-service day spa has been in business for over a decade and is headed by founder and clinical director JoAnne Mendenhall, L.P.N., who has over 20 years of medical experience and extensive training in internal medicine, infectious disease, oncology, dermatology and plastic surgery. Pelage's expert staff fosters an elegant atmosphere to ease long-standing political tensions and military buildups along your body's outer borders. One of these aestheticians will exfoliate your face's desert regions and deep-cleanse pores to remove built-up makeup, trapped skin oils, and daily grime with a HydraFacial—bringing new, glowing life back to dull areas while smoothing roughness. A final application of moisture-laden serums will calm skin irritation caused by cosmetics or the voice of Gilbert Gottfried and encourage cellular regeneration. In the process, it will also help reduce and remove fine lines, wrinkles, acne, scars, and hyper pigmentation.
A luxurious interior welcomes men to Weldon Barber, which blends a warm, modern aesthetic with rustic accents, such as a fireplace tucked into a stone wall. While waiting for a cut or shave, guests sink into plush leather chairs and sip complimentary coffee, cola, or bottled water while feasting eyes on a flat-screen TV or a selection of men's magazines.
During signature haircuts—the shop’s bread and butter—stylists commence to pamper with a shampoo and a scalp massage before snipping away extraneous strands to craft a custom haircut inspired by a favorite celebrity or janitorial mop. A delicate detailing of brows, ears, and the nose eliminates rogue facial hairs, and a hot face towel and neck shave leave visages smooth. Clients can pair cuts with a timesaver or a signature shave to quickly and comprehensively free jawlines of five o’clock shadows. Throughout the entire andro-aesthetic adventure, stylists lavish clients with Aveda, Jack Black, and American Crew products.
Established in 1979, Salon Boulevard has a long history of making clients look beautiful with haircuts, color treatments, and waxing. Though it has been around for more than 30 years, the salon employs stylists that stay at the forefront of the field by keeping up with the latest styles, techniques, and ways to get rid of frizz by channeling the spirit world. The staff offers a variety of services, and includes a stylist with 20 years of experience, another with 30 years of experience, and a barber who has been with the salon since it first opened its doors.
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.