The stylists and aestheticians at Indulge glamorize their clients with a full menu of hair, skin, and nail services. They dapper and gussy up men's, women's, and kids' locks during cuts, and artfully apply color to create foiled, balayage, and ombre styles to give hair depth and sheen. Facials and waxes smooth skin, and massages oust tension from muscles more safely than a silk-covered steam roller.
The aroma of percolating coffee drifts from the espresso bar past sleepy-eyed Buddha statues as the in-house DJ spins a never-ending sonic web of music. Though these decadent details lend the sprawling, deep-brown surroundings the chic feel of an art gallery or café, it is SEVEN Salon that calls the space home. Focused on bolstering energy and rejuvenation rather than relaxation, a seasoned crew of stylists bustles about the refined salon throughout the day, drawing on styling skills they learned under the tutelage of Graham Breakwell, former stylist to the likes of Paul McCartney and The Who.
One of the largest cosmetology schools in the northwest, Gene Juarez Academy instructs students to skillfully style hair under the watchful eye of licensed and experienced instructors. While making their way through the program, students perfect their skills on the bustling salon floor by snipping, coloring, and styling tresses. Guests not only receive these services at a discounted rate, but also get a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process via the instructor’s running commentary.
Salon Tewl's experienced staff sculpts hair into stylish and personalized head ornaments. A pre-treatment consultation educates 'do owners about their coiffure choices, discussing desired styles and offering ample time to talk customers out of donating their hair to a reptile. The experienced stylists then tackle wayward locks with carefully controlled cutters, shaping scalp coverings to delicately frame the face.
A custom medical-grade facial at Salon SoMa promises to suit the demanding needs of any diva-esque dermis. Pop in for a 30-minute express facial ($60), or, for a more thorough pore plundering, opt for a 60-minute signature facial ($95). If stray strands are starting to usurp smooth spaces, SoMa's waxing artists will customize hair-clearing by harnessing the power of pure plant technology in two different waxes. Get bikini-bound regions beach ready with a 30-minute Brazilian wax ($70), or evacuate legs’ finicky follicles ($55).
Mollie Michelle Boutique Salon was nominated by Evening Magazine for best hair salon, and it probably had something to do with the stylists' color work. They don't simply dye hair—they alter hair hue in a variety of ways, from all-over, single-process color to balayage highlights, painted in by hand. These tress technicians design their similarly customizable cuts around the client's preferences and face shape, ensuring no one with a round face gets a cut that rolls right off. To further beautify their clients, they pamper hands and feet with mani-pedis, and straighten curly locks with relaxers and Japanese straightening treatments.