For former Seattle Seahawks cheerleader Sequoia Leopold, lying in tanning beds was as much a part of the job description as tripping opposing players. She estimates that during her tenure on the sidelines, she tanned four times per week in a traditional UV bed, a practice that left her feeling like she was ruining her skin.
When Sequoia ultimately left the squad and opened her own tanning studio, Flawless Beauty Bars, it was a no-brainer to opt for airbrush tanning services. Instead of UV rays, she and her staff use organic tanning solutions to give skin a natural-looking bronze color. They use a similar airbrushing technique for makeup application, since the mist creates uniform coverage and doesn't leave messy-looking brush strokes.
Nurse practitioner Olga Voloshina and her team of aestheticians divide their services into three categories, though all three serve the same purpose: to enhance the appearance of skin. The medical-grade facial services do so traditionally, with the help of cleansers, moisturizers, and exfoliation in the form of peels and microdermabrasion that are individually customized for each client. The laser and light treatments help clear up conditions such as rosacea, acne, and sun damage. They also administer injectables such as Botox and Juverderm to smooth out wrinkles on the skin's surface. Of course, before beginning any procedure, a staff member consults with each client to devise the proper treatment plan for the client's skin woes.
The team of spa and medical professionals at Aura Laser Skin Care dispenses FDA-approved treatments whenever possible. Among the experienced staff is Dr. George Allen, a board-certified physician specializing in allergies and asthma for over 10 years. When the professionals fine-tunie the appearance of men and women through laser hair removal, SmartLipo, laser skin resurfacing, or chemical peels, only treatments given the official thumbs-up are used on clients. For newer procedures, the staff relies on advanced systems to soften skin, slim shapes, or eradicate troublesome moons orbiting newly glowing complexions.
Situated on a quaint, tree-lined street in downtown Kirkland, Hair Factor & Spa's salon helps men and women sport a signature 'do with haircut, coloring, and texturizing services. After consulting with one of the attentive stylists, manes are tamed with precise snips to shape a new cutting-edge 'do or a classic style. Coloring services include permanent and semipermanent treatments to cover up grays or to help superheroes blend in with civilians. The stylists can also retexturize clients' hair, infusing locks with basic and spiral perms or performing a Japanese straightening treatment.
At North Creek Medicine, Dr. Mark Swyer and his trained staff treat the body both inside and out with their range of health and beauty services. Laser technicians harness the dual power of the el?s system, which uses radio and light frequencies to gently, yet effectively, eliminate unwanted hair and diminish rosacea, spider veins, and other epidermal flaws. The team also welcomes the entire family into their care for gunnysack races and preventative medical screenings. Aside from physical wellbeing, the center cares for mental health with psychiatric counseling for adults and teens.
The stylists and aestheticians of Bella Sirena Aveda Salon rely on the plant-derived products of Aveda for their slate of salon and spa services. Each product, from shampoo to skin moisturizer, represents more than 30 years of researching the best uses for botanical ingredients, a process Aveda calls “Soil to Bottle.” Aveda products are shipped in eco-friendly packaging, earning them a respectful head nod from every plant and animal they pass.