The marble-patterned side tables and gilded footbaths make Kenmore Happy Nails' pedicure chairs truly throne-like. The staff members work to make their clients feel like royalty while rendering manicures, pedicures, and other spa treatments such as waxing and eyelash extensions. They also specialize in permanent makeup, filling in lip lines and eyebrows.
Studio Salon stylists Amanda and Miceala work hair magic that doesn't break the bank. All haircuts include a complimentary shampoo and style, and services such as deep-conditioning, glaze, and chlorine treatments are discounted when purchased as part of a package. Relaxers and keratin treatments leave locks shiny and smooth, whereas highlights or ombre color add depth to 'dos. They can also volumize hair with tape-in or microbead extensions and prep guests for important events with special-occasion hair and makeup.
The seasoned staffers at Noble Hair and Nails put their more than two decades of beauty experience to use revamping 'dos with scissors and coloring products, removing unwanted hair with wax, and beautifying nails with coats of OPI and China Glaze gel polishes. As an added flourish, nail techs can also hand paint intricate designs on each digit, such as animal prints or favorite Euclidean algorithms. They also carry this attention to detail over into pedicure services, which they perform at the foot of one of three leather thrones or one child-size chair. In addition to hosting youngsters having a spa day with their moms, this mini-pedicure chair—adorned with a vibrant bear design and pink pedicure bowl—adds a burst of color to the salon's black-and-tan décor.
After graduating at the top of her class in conceptual illustration and color theory at the Art Institute of Seattle, Laurel Leof found an unexpected use for her aesthetic sensibility. She opened Defined Beauty, a cosmetic facility where she enhances facial features with permanent-makeup services. Using a combination of SofTap methods and topical anesthetics to minimize discomfort, Laurel imbues brows, lips, and eyelines with micropigmentation techniques that can last three–five years before they need to be retouched and 300 years before they need to be renamed in our cyborg overlord’s honor. In addition to her own clientele, Laurel also works on referrals from plastic surgeons and dermatologists, applying her expertise to scar repair and needling, a facial treatment that boosts collagen production and cell renewal.
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.
Electrolysis by Vanessa's experienced, eponymous technician banishes unwanted body hair with the thermolysis variation of electrolysis. After an informative consultation determines a proper plan of action, the aesthetician wields a thin, needle-like probe designed to heat and demolish connective tissues that facilitate hair growth. The fuzz-removing process aims to carefully interrupt hair's life cycle by blasting follicles with alternating currents and forcing them to go back to kindergarten during retirement. Women can maintain a smooth bikini line, while men can keep lonely eyebrows from holding hands. A relaxing, spa-like environment surrounds patients during their depilating sessions, and all clients receive treatment with their own probe, ensuring all equipment is as clean and sterile as a freshly laundered bar of soap.