Within A New You Salon and Spa's 1,200-square-foot studio, aestheticians employ organic products and gentle waxes to oust unwanted hair and refine complexions. Five stylists man haircutting stations in the main salon area, and a warren of private treatment rooms allows aestheticians to cleanse pores with organic ingredients or wax away unwanted hair in privacy. During waxing services, staff members cut down on discomfort by using numbing antiseptics, gentle lavender or zinc waxes, and a promise of monthly postcards to suddenly lonesome hairs as they de-fuzz bodies.
With many locations throughout Washington, Tan Republic outfits their salons with sleek, modern designs and earth-toned walls, filling private tanning rooms with a suite of melanin-conjuring machines. Guests can choose from Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths, high-pressure tanning beds, or jars full of fireflies that can be held against the skin for a natural glow. The salons also offer six varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.
Hair Ink’s stylist Lena Henry crafts cuts that flatter face shapes and pampers hair with professional quality products and dyes. Clients are prepped for scissor treatments with a wash, complete with a scalp massage that puts minds at ease and ears to sleep before the snipping begins during the 45-minute precision cut. Lena uses Alfaparf or Vivitone products to impart strands with bands of natural color during the partial-highlight treatment, which involves a thorough, two-hour rinse-in process. Both cut and color are toasted with a glass of champagne and finished with a blow-dry and style using Kenra and Sexy Hair products, ensuring onlookers see the transformative effect when admiring strands from afar or observing them under a microscope.
Modern Elegance’s licensed crew of aestheticians and massage therapists polish nails and relax tense muscles with practiced ease. A 45-minute petite manicure rewards hard-working hands with an aromatherapy soak, giving cuticles and nails their day in the sun after weeks spent working nights as finger-puppet fill-ins (a $40 value). Toe technicians perform similar polishing or oil-buffing work, also administering a moisturizing massage in a 45-minute petite pedicure session (a $45 value).
Nails by Jamie's eponymous nail technician caters to cuticles of the fingers and toes from within the confines of her French-themed salon. Jamie and her staff luxuriate clients with relaxing services that indulge not only nails, but also palates with a glass of tea or wine. After feet exit their shoes or an antagonistic neighbor's flower bush, they plop into a warm bath as their upper floors recline on a sleek and sanitary new pedicure station during the one-hour spa pedicure. While bubbles and jets tickle tension from toes, a massage accomplishes the same on calves but with firm pressure and smooth strokes. Once nails and skin have softened, techs scrub feet and treat calluses. When both fingernails and toenails have been trimmed, treated, and shaped, the surface is prepped for polish. Nails are draped with an ensemble of color that displays a conservative sheen or an extreme sky blue to make fingertips invisible when waving on a clear day. Customers can check out the online gallery to see some of Jamie’s past cuticle creations.