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.
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.
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.
Like a bit of Brazil set in Seattle’s University District, the Waxing Boutique offers a full range of hair removal services, facials and related products for both men and women. Faux-leafy treatment rooms are situated away from the waiting area and emphasize privacy, with attendants working to make sessions as comfortable as possible. Considering the painful nature of such a sensitive procedure, customers can ask for Topicaine-like solution, used by estheticians as a topical numbing agent, or purchase the at-home Folique solution that works to keep skin healthy, smooth and comfortable between treatments. A sunny waiting area further helps to alleviate any potential stress, thanks to comfortable chairs and colorful wall decorations that further drive home the Brazilian influence.
Clients stepping into Urban Yoga Spa— with its rows of candle votives and futuristic white decor—may feel as if they’ve entered a meditation chamber in the twenty-third century. Designed by award-winning architects, the minimalist decor aims for a specific effect; the intentional absence of color evokes the look of a blank canvas or Ted Turner’s worst nightmare, helping clients to clear their minds during intense yoga sessions led by skilled instructors. Hot Hatha and power Vinyasa classes held seven days a week help inspire practitioners to find the serenity in a challenging series of poses. Meanwhile, the spa’s aestheticians pamper newly toned bodies with massages, nail treatments, acupuncture, and waxings.