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.
The aestheticians and therapists at Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa harness the power of both topical and medical spa treatments. Using organic ingredients, traditional facials and massages pair with medical-spa technologies such as Dermaroller and LHE. The staff doctor oversees consultations regarding weight-loss services and vitamin B-12 injections.
The Beauty Lab's aestheticians keep faces looking their best by focusing on one feature at a time. They can install eyelash extensions that subtly enhance the length and volume of each lash, and they can tint brows for an extra bit of drama. They can clear away blemishes with PCA Skin treatments, and they can wax away stray hairs to keep chins and upper lips smooth. Combine all of the above treatments—or even just one or two of them—and you're left with a complexion as beautiful as nature intended it to be. Once you're looking your best, pay a visit to the massage therapist. She's an expert in soothing away the aches that prevent you from tackling the world, or that new IT guy who looks like he could really use a good tackle.
Two talented staffers make treatments at Good Electrolysis & SkinCare possible. Marcella Good is the resident electrolysis expert, motivated to start her career after receiving treatments herself. "As a client," she says, "I understand the frustration and embarrassment of unwanted hair."
Amelie Stevens is the spa's aesthetician, and she, too, removes unwanted hair. But her mode of operation is waxing, instead of using lasers or waiting for hairs to migrate for the winter. Amelie's fascination with the science of the human body has given her a uniquely holistic view of skincare. She feels education is important, so when clients come in for facials, they're also regaled with Amelie's in depth instructions for preventative care. "The more experience I gain," she says, "the more it fascinates me how the face forms the connection between the internal and external world."