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.
From the outside, Sozo Hair Studio might look like a cottage plucked straight from Cape Cod, but don't be fooled. Inside, stylist Julia Goral is busy beautifying hair with flattering cuts and styles. Soft blowouts and gloss treatments add the final touch to new looks.
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.
Under the watchful gaze of owners Breyana and Kenny Oliver, the staff at Haute Philosophy Salon style male and female clients’ hair with the 100% sulfate-free Paul Mitchell product line. The stylists trim ends or overhaul hairdos after discussing it with the clients and their evil twin, in addition to moisturizing dry strands with Awaphuhi wild-ginger products enriched with protein and vitamins. Hair extensions in a variety of shades and textures add length and volume, or feather extensions bring bright color accents. Facial-waxing services and moisturizing hand treatments round out the list of beauty treatments. Light walls surround white styling chairs, silver chandeliers, and a color bar stocked with Paul Mitchell hues, creating a modern atmosphere with a touch of coziness from the plush couches in the waiting area and a glass dome filled with complimentary Otis Spunkmeyer cookies.
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.
All of the products at Trendz are custom mixed to the salon's exacting standards, and the mani-pedi services benefit the most from this attention. Pour your hardworking digits a drink with the amazingly scented piña colada mani-pedi, beginning with a smoothing exfoliant scrub to polish away calluses and rough spots. When your limb termini are smoothed, your hand-shakers and potato-kickers will soak in a warming bath, followed by a nail shaping and cuticle treatment with hydrating pineapple oil for all 20 of your keratin-based tips. Trendz's expert nail-whisperers will gently massage your hands and feet, lightly exfoliating your heels before moving on to the buffing and polishing stage, which readies your digits for their close-up with your chosen shade of rich OPI lacquer.
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.