Beyond Beauty is about much more than making clients feel beautiful. The staff also hope that their salon will serve as a restful sanctuary where customers can come to escape from everyday stressors for an hour or two. That's why, in addition to specialty services such as brow tinting and lash extensions, the spa menu is filled with treatments designed to relax and rejuvenated. Hot-stone massages, for example, use heated basalt rocks to melt tension along the spine and increase energy flow throughout the body, while pumpkin-enzyme facials take inspiration from mother nature's most handsome squash, and deliver a powerful dose of vitamins and antioxidants that leave skin looking brighter.
Jessica West is a licensed aesthetician who's helped brides, models, and everyday clients look their best for wedding photos, fashion spreads, and courtroom sketches. But you don't need to be preparing for a big day to benefit from Jessica's talents; as the owner of Sugar Mama's Beauty Bar, Jessica spruces up and pampers any and all clients. Her facials cover a variety of skin concerns, from acne and fine lines to dry skin. Scalp treatments and body scrubs use salts and sugars to leave skin supple and glowing. And during her sugaring hair-removal treatments, Jessica uses Alexandria Professional products that are made entirely of sugar, lemon juice, and water. The treatments both exfoliate skin and remove unwanted hair, without the need for heat or artificial ingredients.
Zara Beauty and Spa's clients don't need to hop in an airplane to get Eastern-inspired beauty treatments. Instead, they can walk into Zara's soothing confines, where the staff has mastered a wide range of intricate services, many involving natural herbs and ingredients. Staff members can decorate hands with traditional henna tattoos, pluck stray eyebrows with threading services, and incorporate gold-infused products in Ayurvedic-style facials. The spa also offers more contemporary services such as skin peels or microdermabrasions, as opposed to manicures set to techno music.
Aesthetician Suzan Tajer started Ancient Secrets of Beauty in 1991, and over the years, she's specialized in two types of treatments: waxing and Lipomassage. The latter treatment attempts to fight cellulite with vacuum suction and two rollers that fold and unfold the skin. When it comes to waxing, Suzan can shape brows, erase unwanted mustaches, and make arms and legs so smooth and aerodynamic that clients accidentally take flight.
Her true specialty, however, is Brazilian waxing. Suzan saw the trend approaching way back when she opened her salon, and immediately she started developing her own techniques. Today, Suzan's quick Brazilian treatments shun strip waxing techniques in favor of wax that shrink-wraps around the hair as it dries. Her Brazilian waxing techniques have earned her a number of mentions in both local and national magazines, such as Allure and The Premier Seattle Monthly.
In Focus: Haven Skin Care
The mission: to help improve the look and texture of clients’ skin with facials, waxes, peels, and makeup applications
Where to find it: It’s inside the Mosaic Salon.
How everyone books their appointments: with telepathy or online through the website
How to prepare for a wax: Haven Skin Care recommends that you exfoliate with a mild scrub the day of your service.
Why you should throw away your lipstick immediately: The aestheticians specialize in semi-permanent makeup.
The quickest way to a smooth complexion: the 30-minute mini facial, which also includes a soothing massage
The staff: Jamie Alderete and Rachael Furman, both of whom have been in the industry for more than 15 years
In Focus: Studio JYC
Staff: Studio JYC is a one-person business, owned and operated by Jane.
Services: waxing, sugaring, and facials
Types of wax: Hard or soft waxes are used depending on the client's skin and the area where hair is being removed.
Bad news for gentlemen: Only women can receive Brazilian waxing.
Payment accepted: cash, check, or the deed to a private island only
Hours: It’s open by appointment only. Texting or emailing is the fastest way to make a reservation.
Amount of satisfaction guaranteed: 100%