Melissa Hintz is a whiz with scissors. She snips away at clients’ hair, creating classic and modern styles with embellishments such as sweeping bangs and layers. Her coloring skills are also well-honed, with expertise in all-over color, highlights, and camouflaged locks.
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.
Curly-hair specialist Michelle Newkirk opened Hair Designers to cut, color, and straighten hair on men, women, and children. Surrounded by a brick fireplace, large windows, and plenty of sunlight, she warmly welcomes guests who sink into the salon's black leather seats. Equipped with Deva Curl products to add bounce to curls and certified in the Japanese hair straightening system to smooth unruly locks, Michelle will work to achieve any hair-based request.
Signature Service: Hair services
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Metered street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Clients seem to love their stylists at Willamette Hair Studio. Maybe it's because the stylists here know exactly how to give people the looks they want. The team finds inspiration for formal updos in their clients' existing hair styles and streaks in natural-looking highlights that give 'dos an extra bit of flair. In the same visit, an aesthetician can remove stray brow hairs or make underarm fuzz a concern you can shelve for a few more weeks with waxing. All the little extras count, too: a private treatment room gives clients plenty of breathing room during waxing treatments, and a line of hair products for dogs makes it easy for your furry friend to look put-together at his next outing to Dawg Haus, the hottest dog nightclub.
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.