The skilled tress tamers at Chocolates, Cherries & Blondes shear, shade, and mold manes with singular products in an upbeat, airy setting. Lemon walls envelop the studio's hanging mirrors as clients’ frazzled follicles receive a stress-relieving complimentary head massage before each treatment. During a one-hour haircut, a stylist shampoos out oil, dirt, and fruit headdresses to invigorate scalps, then clips and reconstructs head hedges with face-framing layers, a reverse Bobby Darin, or an eye-catching tri-hawk ($20+ for men, $30+ for women). Transform ’dos with a mini foil ($40+), vibrant all-over color ($60+), or partial-foil ($70+) or full-foil treatments ($90+), generating radiant locks that give off sparks when placed inside a microwave.
Aesthetician and Elite Skin & Esthetics owner Paula O'Fallon knows the most important element of running a successful med spa: teamwork. That's why her staffers?including a doctor with a degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?work together to cater to the specific needs of each individual client. The multitalented group of specialists helps clients realize their aesthetic potential with services including facials and deep sea algae wraps. They employ medical-grade products from lines such as Epionce, which helps treat rosacea and acne, and Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup, which is recommended by the American Cancer Foundation for its skin-protecting ingredients. In addition, the spa specialists hold degrees from the Euro Institute of Skin Care, a renowned institution that grants students advanced skincare knowledge and especially charming accents.
Starting in 1985 with a single location on Pacific Highway, Stan Parente proceeded to build a large client base at his eponymous salon, eventually expanding to his current locations in Federal Way, Maple Valley, and Bellevue. Despite the steady march of his hair empire, Parente remains true to the fundamentals that led to his initial success. He still works onsite in each salon and keeps shelves stocked with products from quality brands such as Oribe Hair Care and Bumble and bumble. Professional seminars and practice sessions hone stylists' skills until they can make unkempt hair arrange itself with a single, intimidating glance. Each location boasts its own unique aesthetic: Federal Way is decked out in vibrant yellow walls and high ceilings, Maple Valley sports rich wooden floors and brick walls, and the newly remodeled Bellevue branch is kitted out with corrugated-metal stations and unvarnished, wooden walls.
Newly renovated in 2011, Mynt Salon's contemporary confines mirror the contemporary looks they bestow upon their clients. The experienced staff, led by owner My-Hanh, consult with their guests as they discuss their different treatment options. The staff includes experts in various color techniques, such as root retouches, full foils, and having clients bob for apples in a tie-dye whirlpool. By staying up-to-date on the latest trends, stylists are able to add services such as feather extensions to their already lengthy repertoire of salon treatments—haircuts, for example, are available for everyone from kids to seniors.
Humanity’s chic, friendly crew of stylists and aestheticians begin each treatment with a personalized consultation to determine the exact look you’re going for, as well as how to keep you comfy throughout. Most services are executed with the assistance of earth-friendly and aromatic Aveda’s earth-friendly, aromatic line of products, so you won’t spot any adorable baby penguins being used as aerosol cans. To tame tangled tresses, opt for a cut and color ($94 and up), or ease both stress-induced acne and acne-induced stress with a 60-minute outer peace facial ($70). A full range of nail ($5 and up), massage ($30 and up), and waxing services ($12 and up) are also available for your pampering pleasure. Expect to leave Humanity Salons fully satisfied and glowing like freshly spewed lava. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Tiptoe into Lemon Drop's quaint and quiet confines for a secret rendezvous with one of the spa's relaxation professionals. Lemon Drop dons a full-length shawl of luxurious services, including European-style facials, therapeutic massages, facial and body waxing, and more. The lemon drop facial ($75 for 75 minutes) is the most popular treatment; in addition to deep cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and application of a custom-blended mask, this treatment includes a light tweeze and trim for unwanted facial fuzz and an aromatic shoulder, neck, décolleté, hand, and arm massage. If grounding your face from TV has gotten you nowhere, enlist the expert help of the blissfully blemish-free facial to effectively reprimand your rebellious pores ($65 for 55 minutes). Massage therapies at Lemon Drop run the gamut, ranging from the focused kneads of the deep Swedish massage ($65 for 60 minutes) to the soothing, specialized strokes of the pregnancy massage ($70 for 60 minutes). If you're looking to combine an end-of-summer beach vacation with a vacation from your razor, take a peek at Lemon Drop's long list of waxing services ($10–$115).