Lips, eyes, eyebrows, and skin—those are the living canvases on which Lisa Wilson practices her aesthetic arts. As a permanent makeup artist, Lisa draws on more than 25 years in the beauty industry to transform such features with permanent makeup, facials, and waxing. In addition to wielding cosmetics and wax, she clips manes into trendy cuts or classic styles that are innocuous enough for time traveling. Whether she’s tinting lashes or shading lips to rosy hues, she approaches each appointment with a positivity and sensitivity that helps her clients leave looking and feeling their best.
Curly-hair specialist Michelle Newkirk and her cohort, Pat Kesler, joined forces to open Hair Designers, pooling more than 50 years of collective experience to cut, color, and straighten hair on men, women, and children. Surrounded by a brick fireplace, large windows, and plenty of sunlight, they warmly welcome 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, Pat, and their team will work to achieve any hair-based request.
The aestheticians at Serenity Salon welcome clients into a salon whose eggshell-blue walls surround peach-colored manicure stations and sumptuously cushioned pedicure chairs separated by swoops of blue and white chiffon. Nail artists enhance fingertips with bright polish and refresh weary soles with footbaths before layering toenails with a sweet pink or the blushing red of a fire engine caught practicing its dance moves on the station's pole. While banishing fuzz from bikini areas or upper lips, waxing technicians maintain a friendly rapport with clients.
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.
In addition to its expertise in follicular evictions, Unique Arch boasts a convenient downtown State Street location with free two-hour street parking, resulting in stress-free hair removal of even the most unruly head caterpillars. Walk-ins are welcome.
Ariadna Sanchez, an aesthetician and a certified NovaLash technician, beautifies complexions and embellishes lash lines in her tranquil, earth-toned boutique studio. Guests seeking to draw attention to their ocular region without having to wink uncontrollably or don a pair of Hubble telescope lenses can rejoice in a full set of NovaLash extensions, which Ariadna applies strand by strand to existing eye fringe. During the 2- to 2.5-hour appointment, she'll customize lash looks to ensure natural, evenly placed eye adornments. Waterproof extensions last up to eight weeks, though Ariadna recommends touchups every two–three weeks. Alternatively, clients can opt for a 45- to 60-minute organic facial, which purges pores of dirt, grease, and loose change in the hope of yielding a cleaner, younger-looking visage.