In the space formerly occupied by The Chop Shop, new owner Jim Schmaltz channels classic barber techniques to cultivate sharp, face-flattering cuts. Jim's old-school barbers are also highly trained in hair coloring, lather shaves, and beard braiding.
Signature Service: Haircuts
Brands Used: Enjoy and Schwarzkopf
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Good for Kids: Yes
When and how did you first realize you wanted to be involved in hair styling?
When I was a teenager I loved playing with everyones hair. My aunt owned a salon, so I knew I wanted to have my own one day. And now I have hers.
What's the biggest mistake you see clients make when they style their hair at home?
They are not taking care of their hair and color by not using professional shampoo and styling products.
For many people, a trip to the salon is a way to enjoy some "me time." What supplemental courtesies do you offer to make guests feel relaxed?
It's a comfortable, mellow environment.
At Tan Republic, the staff doesn't just sit by while you tan?they advocate for responsible tanning. Within the upscale and modern salons, they carefully oversee the use the latest tanning equipment, including Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths as well as the high-pressure tanning beds, controlling clients' exposure to UV rays and cosmetic tanning compounds. They also ensure that every tanner uses FDA-compliant protective eyewear, and prevent any one visitor from wearing multiple pairs and making everyone else feel uncool. They even enhance their clients' tans with six varieties of lotion, each designed to produce a different intensity of bronze.
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.
With gentle hands and focus, Heather beautifies and clarifies skin with facials using products not tested on animals. It's all in a day's work for the aesthetician, who doesn't just do facials but also waxes unruly hair, performs, microdermabrasion treatments, and applies makeup. Esthetics by Heather is part of the family-run Big J?s Bikes & Pain, an eclectic venture that specializes in aesthetics, motorcycles, and tattoos.