If the atmosphere inside The Cat's Meow strikes first-time visitors as particularly familial, the reason may be that the salon’s proprietors share more than aesthetic expertise—all three of them are sisters. For more than 20 years, Melissa Raynak, Pixie Melton, and Meghan Mowbray—along with their team of aestheticians and nail technicians—have pampered skin and nails with treatments that range from basic facials and express pedicures to all-inclusive spa-day packages. In each of their skin-therapy treatments, the spa’s aestheticians employ professional products that eschew mineral oil, lanolin, and allergens such as gluten to ensure that skin responds positively. Armed with bottles of OPI polish and paraffin wax, they turn their attention to fingers and toes to soften calluses and fluff nail beds.
The Big Funky Hair Salon welcomes clients with vintage furniture and a homey, residential vibe. Stylists use these quirky accents as their muse when crafting custom cuts and colors to fit each individual's features. A team of skincare pros works alongside them, cleansing complexions with facials and waxing away unwanted hair from upper lips, bikini zones, and legs. Meanwhile, nail techs pamper hands and feet with relaxing mani-pedis and decorate nails with custom designs that include ribbons, feathers, and whimsical renderings of social-security numbers.
Andrea Nasholm?s dream as a 5-year-old to one day work in the beauty industry came to fruition when she graduated from A?Art College of Beauty in 2000. Now an experienced nail technician, Andrea files digits and covers them in regular, glitter, and Shellac polishes. Her passion is creating the perfect pedicure, which includes a mask, scrub, and two rounds of "This Little Piggy."
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.
Krissie brings nearly a decade of beauty-biz experience to every head of hair she cuts and colors. She deftly snips away dead ends and shapes locks into flattering new dos, or dyes tresses to complement each client's personal style or favorite flavor of Starburst.
Inside B. Suite Studio Salon, Jennifer McGowan decorates nails on the hands and feet with Shellac polish that lasts up to two weeks without chipping or whimpering. She meticulously shapes the nails and evens out their lengths with clippers, also tending to cuticles. Jennifer also offers hair and coloring services, regularly attending hair shows and using her post-cosmetology school training to show her passion for color through the hairstyles of her clients. She and the salon's other beauty professionals also apply spray tans and remove body hair with waxing services.