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 DermOrganic shampoos empowered by argan oil from trees and resurrect 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 Éminence Organic Skin Care salves and bedazzle digits with polishes from CND Shellac. Also, massage therapists need little more than their hands to oust aches with reflexology and therapeutic massage techniques.
Mode Organic Salon's commitment to organic practices extends beyond its services: even its complimentary beverages and buildings are eco-friendly. The Redmond location on the Microsoft Commons campus earned a LEED Silver rating for the studio's green construction. Mode Organic Salon’s strong emphasis on organic standards also helped earn it a spot on Seattle magazine's Best of the Decade list.
Each of Seattle Sun Tan's 39 locations spans between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet of space dedicated solely to the art of un-sunbathing. Washington-state tanners strut down immaculate hallways dotted with framed original paintings and contemporary artwork before settling into private rooms where they may acquire their desired shade while enjoying the sounds of their own music or prerecorded subliminal messages piped in through the iPod dock perched near each bed. The Smart Tan–certified staff guides clients in selecting which of the five levels of UV bed best fits their tanning needs and whether they desire a short tan time, prefer to stand up or lie down, or wish to bask beneath high-pressure face lamps. Shop shelves offer home tanners quality products from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, whereas spray-tanning options from VersaSpa and SunFX both impart a natural-looking faux glow that takes mere minutes to apply and lasts for days.
Petra Tuss—who honed her skills during extensive training with Goldwell and Scruples hair color, KMS, and American Crew—has an impressive portfolio spanning more than a decade. She can cut a sleek bob or infuse long, wavy locks with an ombre effect. She can cover select strands with foil to produce eye-catching highlights or better television reception. She can also make frizzy hair smooth with a keratin treatment that lasts up to six months.
Tucked inside the Crossroads Mall, Signature Nails & Spa helps transform fingers and toes with detailed and luxurious nail services. Nail technicians wrap hands and feet in comfortable hot towels, allowing the warmth and steam to nurture and relax the muscles and skin. The spa's deluxe pedicure includes a reflexology treatment for the feet, further increasing the relaxing effects.
Back when it opened its first location, Crunch gym had no air conditioning or locker rooms, so staffers had to invent novel tactics to attract members, such as enlisting a live rapper to accompany hip-hop aerobics sessions. Bereft of fancy trimmings, the staff relied on imaginative classes that combined exercise with fun to build a base of loyal fandom and positive buzz. Their judgment-free attitudes and creativity eventually paid off, giving them enough steam to accrue new equipment, several franchise locations, and a reputation for turning boring workouts on their heads.
Today, Crunch locations have all the expected amenities. They boast brand-name machinery and certified trainers, as well as involvement with dotFIT, an online fitness and nutrition resource for members. They also host a range of group fitness classes, covering disciplines such as Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and TRX.
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, skin, and waxing services. Dedicated to making lasting impressions, the team of beauticians purifies complexions with deep-cleansing facials, darkens and defines lash lines with eyelash extensions, and subtracts unwanted hair from body parts. 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.
Aveda’s botanical-based products are at the forefront of any treatment at Ra Salon & Spa. Massage therapists use its line of aromatic oils and nourishing lotions to knead knots, and stylists pull from its line of nourishing conditioners and styling creams when trimming split ends, adding color, or twisting hair into enchanting updos. Likewise, aestheticians use its eco-friendly serums to provide gentler forms of facial treatments. The line’s natural extracts take the place of glycolic peels to fade pigmentation and tourmaline sloughs away dead skin cells in lieu of microdermabrasion wands or tiger kisses.