When they're learning basic and advanced skills, student stylists at Cascade Beauty College don't just practice creating different haircuts and braids on mannequin heads. They also listen to expert guest lecturers and follow along with videos before heading to the salon floor to style a client's hair. There, intermediate-, junior-, and senior-level stylists wield products from such brands as Matrix and Enjoy while trimming split ends, adding dimension with highlights, creating bouncy curls, and blow-drying hair smooth. Instructors are onsite to give advice and look over each student's work.
After graduating with a degree in interior design, Jamila April felt unfulfilled by her experiences in the design industry. She left the field to pursue massage therapy, her true passion, and now strives to improve her clients' lives through the art of massage. Jamila works to make each customer feel like they've entered a sanctuary far away from hassles such as going to work, paying bills, and having to take their family out for walks. A heated bed, natural oils and lotions, flickering candles, and gentle music go a long way to making the sanctuary a reality.
Don’t be surprised if you walk into Derm F/X Tattoo and find a fellow patron taking a nap on the couch. The shop’s regulars are known to come in and hang out, which is perfectly fine with the staff. Derm’s three artists—Cody, Scotty, and Chentelle—have spent 10 years making their studio the type of place where clients also feel like friends. It’s probably not hard for them to bond with their patrons: approximately 98% of their work is custom tattoos they’ve created by collaborating with clients. And they’re honest—if they feel a guest is asking for art that isn’t doable, they’re not afraid to say so. Unlike the key to never losing one's keys, Derm’s excellent reputation isn’t exactly a secret, as they have attracted clients such as Seahawks players Kam Chancellor and Marcus Trufant.
U-Float's technicians offer a unique experience: the chance to escape the world adrift salt water in a private, person-sized tank. The experience belongs to the client and the 10 inches of heated water. Though not even a foot deep, the water inside every unit contains 1,000 pounds of dissolved, pharmaceutical-grade epsom salt, turning the liquid into the next best thing to a mattress. Heated to the same temperature as the skin, the water creates the sensation of simply floating in air, unfettered by gravity and finally able to turn off internal chatter. Other benefits include a reprieve from joint pain, insomnia, or stress.
Licensed massage therapist Phoenix Alexander understands that massages are about more than pampering. With more than 20 years of experience giving clinical massages to help clients overcome injuries, even her luxurious spa massages help unwind muscle knots, release tension, and remove stuck-on stethoscopes. Her specialty modalities include reflexology and craniosacral therapy—two styles that help reinvigorate the body’s natural healing abilities. But massage isn’t all that Phoenix offers; she also enhances outer well-being with noninvasive massage face-lifts, herbal body wraps, and glacial-marine-mud masks.