Although many people choose to share their interests in a casual setting, stylist Lauren Coyle shares hers professionally. At Identity Salon, she specializes in reshaping clients' hair with custom cuts and blowouts, or giving strands a sun-kissed sheen with coloring and foil highlights. And yet Lauren doesn't just transform existing hair—she also applies Hotheads hair extensions, which are made from real human hair.
The professional team of stylists at Escape Salon and Spa tames unruly tresses with the plant-derived Brazilian Blowout Zero. The treatment requires no formaldehyde, relying instead upon plant-based KeraSafe to introduce essential amino acids to the hair. Tress tamers gently scrub scalps with a clarifying shampoo, washing away hair-product residue, oils, and climbing princes, and then apply the formula. The protein dives deep into the cuticle, with stylists maneuvering blow-dryers and flatirons to straighten out manes. Results can last up to 12 weeks.
Floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate deep-orange walls, all of which are dutifully reflected in the salon's faux-marble tiles. Amid these modern accents, licensed cosmetologists nix fuzz from brow fringes with specialty wax sessions and revamp strands with European cut-and-color techniques. Clients also may retreat to a private room for a relaxing tan, or request nail art in the form of butterflies, roses, or close-ups of Mona Lisa's bling teardrop tattoo.
It sure isn't hard to spot Studio 5 Hair Design from the street with the business's vibrant green and orange color scheme. The funky color scheme continues inside, where guests walk past bright-orange walls to get to hot-pink rooms, on the way passing the murals of swirling fluorescent hues that cover entire walls. It's all accented by mod mirrors, pink shag rugs, and mismatched neon furniture that plays up the already daring decor and suggests the adventurous taste of the boutique's stylists.
Here, men get mohawks, and women get cuts and updos, not to mention facials that prime their skin for the work of a makeup artist. Plush pedicure chairs let patrons rest their feet in whirlpools while they decide on a holographic design or try to say the word "yawn" in their heads without yawning. The team's hygiene practices keep guests as healthy as they do beautiful.
Located between the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound, and housed within the Medallion Hotel, The Smokey Point Spa & Wellness Center is an apt place for escape based on its location alone. But location doesn't give massages. The staff at The Smokey Point Spa channels their environment into uplifting spa treatments like hot stone massages, sugar scrubs, and warm foot baths. And then there are the body-slimming wraps, which use marine algae, seaweed, and sea salt to help the body detox and perhaps fit back into a favorite parasail harness. Skincare experts, meanwhile, administer facials that draw out natural complexions and pare down blemishes, and the salon staff does its part with hair design, makeup, and mani-pedis.
The walls at Crown Creations Hair Design are always watching you??sort of. Large framed photographs of ravishing women hang all about the butter-yellow salon; with eyes forward and faces framed by bountiful flowing locks. This gallery is an appropriate evocation of owner Marielle O'Neill's gift of sculpting to hair into sleek layers. As natural light pours through the space?s window, tresses regain their youthful bounce with deep-conditioning treatments and bold color highlights. Clients also may request a decorative updo, or restore smoothness to brows and lips with a personalized waxing session.