It's hard not to want some of the pampering that Allure's team makes appear so inviting. Amid potted plants and cushy chairs, the salon offers something to soothe just about any part of the body, with nail services, waxing, facials, hair, and lash extensions. Aestheticians here help nix unwanted fuzz from the body and stylists redefine your look with clippers, custom color, and the magic potions given to them upon graduating beauty school. Whichever service clients come in for, each session tailored to individual needs and lifestyles, making sure clients get just the look they want.
One of the largest cosmetology schools in the northwest, Gene Juarez Academy instructs students to skillfully style hair under the watchful eye of licensed and experienced instructors. While making their way through the program, students perfect their skills on the bustling salon floor by snipping, coloring, and styling tresses. Guests not only receive these services at a discounted rate, but also get a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process via the instructor’s running commentary.
Mollie Michelle Boutique Salon was nominated by Evening Magazine for best hair salon, and it probably had something to do with the stylists' color work. They don't simply dye hair—they alter hair hue in a variety of ways, from all-over, single-process color to balayage highlights, painted in by hand. These tress technicians design their similarly customizable cuts around the client's preferences and face shape, ensuring no one with a round face gets a cut that rolls right off. To further beautify their clients, they pamper hands and feet with mani-pedis, and straighten curly locks with relaxers and Japanese straightening treatments.
Using a wide range of brand-name haircare products, Amenities Salon's stylist tends to all textures and types of hair, but focuses on ethnic hair. Her specialties include lock-lengthening extensions and Brazilian blowouts, which straighten defiantly curly strands. She has, likewise, mastered more basic procedures, from cuts and styles to deep-conditioning and coloring treatments. Besides haircare, services include facial waxing, mani-pedis, and soothing scalp massages, which incorporate numerous conditioners and essential oils.
Stylist and Northwest native Lisa "Lala" Davies sculpts, colors, and conditions manes with a finesse she honed over the course of more than 10 years, 7 of which she spent manning her own salon in Monterey Bay, California. Today, Davies returns to her roots to flaunt her skills and command of local road maps within Sola Salon Studios, a full-service salon where a team of stylists and aestheticians can complement Davies's adeptly crafted hairdos.
Michelle Metzger has spent her 14 years in the beauty industry perfecting each of her specialties. Those include trendy haircuts and Coppola Keratin hair-smoothing treatments that reduce frizz and add shine. She also doles out expert blowouts using either a blow dryer or a hand fan, whichever the client prefers.