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.
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.
Dr. Keith Ly combines the experience of a board-certified physician with the creativity of an inventor—his past projects include a painless hypodermic needle and an anti-headache pillow—at PureLy Skin Clinic. Here, Dr. Ly offers clients a wealth of aesthetic treatments that help them project outward beauty and confidence. Surgical procedures such as Silhouette lifts—which use minimally invasive sutures to lift and tighten faces—help restore forms to their more youthful selves. Non-invasive treatments include skin-smoothing Botox injections and laser hair-removal, which zaps away unwanted fuzz and any barnacles picked up from sitting motionless in a tide pool.
A chandelier twinkles against the backdrop of cream- and sea-foam-hued walls, spilling light onto hardwood floors and modern, aluminum-steel manicure stations. But this spa-like vibe is only part of Splash Nail Bar’s charm. Its talented staffers pull from the finest products to revitalize hands and feet during mani-pedis—always adhering to strict sanitary practices. They also dole out luxurious extras, such as extended massages, paraffin wraps, and long-lasting gel manicures.
The stylists at Maida Hair Salon are ready to provide clients with new looks, which range from classic to contemporary. Along with haircuts and styles for adults and kids, they transform tresses with perms, highlights, and updos or flat-iron styles. The salon also offers fuzz-banishing facial waxes.
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.