According to a recent report by market-research firm IBISWorld, there are roughly 1.2 million hair-and-nail salons in the United States. It's all the more impressive then that Sozo Hair Studio was ranked one of the top 425 salons by popular mag 425 magazine. Expert stylist Liz Fraine is no small part of this fete. Liz is always on the fringe of the latest fringe, employing high-end brands such as Redken and American Crew to transform bland strands. Sozo's guests also may solicit her waxing know-how to clear away unwanted hair from eyebrows or a beloved bowling ball.
The highly trained professionals at Enchante Day Spa and Salon strive to relax clients while providing them with beneficial skin and body treatments. Aestheticians coddle faces with lavish services that include cleansing, exfoliation, and customized masks. Massage therapists specialize in 11 modalities of massage that help to dissolve away stress, and spa specialists can further purify bodies with detoxification treatments and nutritional advice. On the salon side of Enchante, clients can take advantage of makeup services, hair care, waxing treatments, and mani-pedis.
Under the high ceilings and modern angles of their Kirkland boutique, Winslow Salon's team of mane-tamers soothes and shapes locks into couture coifs with services for both men and women. Shape up feminine foreheads with a personally styled women's cut ($50+), or go for an all-over double process blond bleaching ($90+) to one-up the sun's perky personality. Masculine melons can opt for Winslow's men's cut ($40+), a scissor showdown that leaves gentlemen ready for gator wrestling, pickle jar opening, and single tear shedding during Lassie viewings.
After serving in the United States Air Force for nine years, co-owner Jaymie Larsen decided to pursue a career that would allow her to reclaim her feminine side and indulge her passion for beauty. After graduating from the Euro Institute of Skin Care, she dove into a lash-extension course and knew she wanted to open a business where she could concentrate on building better blinks for eyes of all shapes and sizes.
At the same time, aesthetician and fellow Euro Institute graduate Athena Nazarian was gaining experience working as a consultant for Christian Dior and honing her skills at a Pro Sports Club spa, where she specialized in medical skincare treatments, makeup, waxing, and eyelash extensions. After opening her own lash boutique, Lashes by Athena, she soon found herself with more clients than she could handle, leading her to partner with Jaymie on a brand new venture.
Today at Eye Candy, the duo combine their attention-getting expertise to plump up lash lines with synthetic strands that are naturally curved to mimic the natural lashes. They also foster smoother skin with 30-minute Jessner peels and facial waxing, flatter features with professional makeup, and even lead lessons for makeup novices or those raised by clowns.
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.