A luxurious interior welcomes men to Weldon Barber, which blends a warm, modern aesthetic with rustic accents, such as a fireplace tucked into a stone wall. While waiting for a cut or shave, guests sink into plush leather chairs and sip complimentary coffee, cola, or bottled water while feasting eyes on a flat-screen TV or a selection of men's magazines.
During signature haircuts—the shop’s bread and butter—stylists commence to pamper with a shampoo and a scalp massage before snipping away extraneous strands to craft a custom haircut inspired by a favorite celebrity or janitorial mop. A delicate detailing of brows, ears, and the nose eliminates rogue facial hairs, and a hot face towel and neck shave leave visages smooth. Clients can pair cuts with a timesaver or a signature shave to quickly and comprehensively free jawlines of five o’clock shadows. Throughout the entire andro-aesthetic adventure, stylists lavish clients with Aveda, Jack Black, and American Crew products.
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.
At Mill Creek Skin & Laser Center, a full-service anti-aging emporium led by Medical Director Dr. Yann G. Lin, the staff uses treatments from beauty injections to spider-vein removal to take years off their clients' exteriors. The plush spa-like center is designed to keep clients' visits stress-free. First-time visitors begin with a complimentary, one-on-one consultation with a staff member well versed in the center's treatment methods before embarking on a treatment plan that can include advanced laser systems for acne, Botox injections for wrinkles, and fillers to increase volume in the lips or in fine lines around the mouth. In addition to more intensive med-spa services, Mill Creek offers a range of traditional spa treatments designed to make skin smooth without having to enroll it in a How to Flirt at Bars dating class.
Balanced Body Massage & Pilates's team of licensed massage therapists appease achy muscles with multiple-modality rubdowns as gentle music rolls through the studio's warm, private rooms. During the 60-minute full-body massage session, nimble fingers trace miniature road maps on backs, arms, legs, feet, hands, heads, necks, and shoulders. Deep-tissue pressure and soothing relaxation strokes welcome tranquility into tissue and may help improve posture, lessen muscle aches, and boost mental acuity. Heated stones infuse muscles with calming warmth to restore health and banish stress from corporeal empires. Afterwards, a shea-butter foot rub taunts tension out of pavement pounders while slathering them with hydrating serum, leaving them softer than a baby cloud fresh out of the dryer.
The savvy stylists of Chemistry, a Celsius Salon practice shampoo shamanism in a modern industrial setting. Gentlemen can check follicular overgrowth with the men’s cut ($30+), and ladies can shoot for a smart new ‘do with the women’s styling ($40+). The Virgin Tint ($60+) allows devious locks to hide the colorful trysts of their past, and the Hair Reconstructive System ($25+) recharges protein- and moisture-starved head hides. Special occasions and depressed 'do's can call for the gravity defying updo service ($50+). Both salons’ sleek furnishings create a chic, futuristic ambience akin to the cryogenically frozen Burt Gilliam.
At Antonio Melani Salon & Spa, there’s more to a haircut than trimming off split ends. Before each treatment, stylists fire off questions to garner information about their clients' visions for their hair, their lifestyles, and their daily routines. They then analyze their face shapes, hair types, and skin tones so they can design a look that accents their features, in addition to their personalities. And after all that, they still don’t start cutting until they treat scalps to a sudsy shampoo and purge stress from the shoulders and neck with a soothing massage. From there, their creativity and hair-cutting talent shines, as they take into account everything gathered from the consultation to create a chic, yet practical style. After ribboning locks with foil highlights or glosses, they style strands with Aveda products and teach clients how to re-create the looks at home or in a telephone booth during a superhero mission.
Though hair is clearly the bread and butter of Antonio Melani, the beauty team also caters to the skin and body with several treatments, including a gentleman’s facial featuring licorice root and hot-stone massages. The aestheticians also smooth skin with sugaring—a gentler and tastier alternative to traditional wax.