If you hang around outside Distinctive Tan, you might notice a trend: everyone leaving the building has great-looking skin. At both locations, clients can get a custom bronze in either a UV tanning bed?of which the facilities offer a diverse array?or within Mystic Tan airbrush booths. But tanning isn't the only focus of the salons, which have been in business for more than 20 years. Their knowledgeable, Smart Tan?certified staff also supplies WhiteICE teeth-whitening kits and administers red-light therapy, a treatment designed to firm skin and minimize wrinkles wrought by age or time spent trying to impersonate an accordion.
Mode Organic Salon's multitalented staff transforms visitors into beacons for compliments with its beauty-boosting expertise and arsenal of organic products enriched with natural ingredients. The salon?s hairstylists refresh locks with Davines nourishing conditioner, which is empowered by vitamins, amino acids, and essential oils. The team also resurrects graying hairs with coloring products free of commonly used harsh substances, such as ammonia, resorcinol, and lead-based house paint. The facility?s aestheticians keep skin in fine fettle with ?minence Organic Skin Care salves, and unwanted hair is kept at bay with organic waxing.
Mode Organic Salon's commitment to organic practices extends beyond its services: even its complimentary beverages and business practices are eco-friendly. Mode Organic Salon?s strong emphasis on organic standards also helped earn it a spot on Seattle magazine's Best of the Decade list.
Though their moniker implies a limited focus on only two treatments, the staff at The Lash & Wax Boutique has padded their aesthetic portfolio with far more services than just eyelash extensions and body waxing. Their classic and clarifying facials keep complexions smooth, and six assorted peels help fight signs of aging in delicious flavors such as blueberry and pomegranate. Spray tans, permanent-makeup applications, and long-lasting mink and synthetic lashes give the facility a spa-like feel. However, the real staff specialty is hair removal that reaches way beyond wax?the staff also banishes unwanted strands via threading and body sugaring, which is not only a gentler depilatory than wax, but receives a far warmer reception when accidentally dropped into a pot of coffee.
Veracruz, Mexico native Ismael "Ismalss" Álvarez calibrated his keen eye for art with more than 12 combined years of image-design study in Mexico and Europe, experience as a marketing representative for an international beauty company, and involvement in several international design shows. Moonlighting as a hairstylist, Álvarez applies art and design concepts he learned throughout the years to sculpt elongated coiffures into face-flattering hairdos. Before Alvarez makes masterpieces out of manes, he listens to clients’ hairstyle aspirations and studies the way they dress and comport themselves to devise a personalized style. Like an employee at a paper-snowflake factories, he then uses a signature cutting method that involves using two pairs of scissors at the same time: one to give hair texture, and the other to perform a technique known as degrafiling, which adds or reduces volume. Álvarez specializes in asymmetrical cuts that create casual, youthful looks and performs an array of other services, such as coloring, hair straightening, and makeup application.
Polished Nail Salon & Spa's neon sign may draw in patrons like moths to a flame, but it?s the skilled technicians who work hard to keep clients coming back for more nail and waxing services. Nail technicians also personalize mani-pedis, which can mean treating feet with a citrus scrub and cooling mint mask or crowning fingernails with CND Shellac, which imparts color that lasts longer than regular nail polish or homemade paste dyed with food coloring.
Inside this Barclay Square salon, owner Kim Nguyen and her licensed nail technicians hover over appendages to give overworked digits the attention they deserve. Exfoliating scrubs slough away rough skin and co-dependent socks from hands and feet, and products from Essie, OPI, and China Glaze add a protective layer and colorful pop to each newly groomed nail.