Nominated in multiple categories in CityVoter's 2011 Best of Western Washington competition, and a great option for Valentine's Day, CD Danza Salon & Spa earns local laud with custom hair, skincare, and nail services for both men and women. During the gentleman's facial, staff pull guy-friendly products from Aveda to cleanse manly mugs of dirt, oil, and Cheetos dust, and reveal the finely chiseled complexion hiding underneath. A quick wax refines unruly brows, before a designer haircut tames collar-crossing strands to create a more dapper 'do.
Bianco & Co.'s exposed brick walls and ductwork stand in stark contrast to its stylish, modern décor—delivering an industrial, yet upscale feel. There, a professional staff of aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail techs busily tend to clients' every beauty need. While seated in front of framed mirrors, guests relax as stylists update their locks with products from Kevin Murphy and Davines. Makeup artists are also on hand to cover up blemishes or detachable moles with loose powders from Bare Minerals. Spa treatments take place in private rooms, where guests luxuriate with mud wraps and Dermalogica facials.
Within Shador Spa, Nails Of Essence's friendly nail technicians groom natural fingernails and toenails using sanitized equipment and soften skin with paraffin or exfoliating scrubs. At the start of visits, patrons fill out client cards to ensure that they get exactly the looks they want. Guests can also peruse the salon's inventory of Carlise Spring cosmetics.
Each of Seattle Sun Tan's 31 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.
Beauty for Life maintains clients' healthy, glowing exteriors through a variety of skin services that fight aging, acne, and skin dullness. The premium microdermabrasion treatment begins with a skin analysis, then gently sloughs away dead skin using a diamond-tipped wand, extending care to include the neck area and second heads. After removing the superficial layer, a skin professional swaddles skin with products that fight signs of aging. Steam therapy opens pores, and a facial massage works out tension caused by overfilling cheek pockets with mashed potatoes. Deep cleansing and optional extractions help dirt and oil vacate pores, and a cooling mask fills the void with moisture.