Roosevelt Barber Shop is a small, no-nonsense haircut spot with checkered floors, bright lights and wooden benches. The old-school shop gained some serious Seattle street cred in 2012 when its owners refused service to a local who praised the relocation of the Seattle SuperSonics basketball team to Oklahoma City. Roosevelt’s gesture resonated with fiery sports fans in the area, and the barbershop’s name is now much more widely known as a result. Thankfully, their dedication doesn’t stop at Seattle sports teams; on-hand barbers are committed to providing haircuts, line ups, beard trims and straight razor shaves, each available only on a walk-in-basis. There’s also “The Roosevelt” deluxe package – a haircut and a hot lather shave, provided by appointment only. Just don’t say the words “Oklahoma City Thunder” while the clippers are out.
From a storefront tucked inside one of Capitol Hill’s many brick buildings, stylist-owned Salon Moxi offers basic cut and styling services, as well as full and partial-foil color, balayage color application, hair extensions and chemical-free dreadlocks. Inside, high ceilings, stormy blue walls, wood floors and large plants and trees create a safari-like feeling for customers hunting for that elusive perfect look. Funky stylists love to deliver a dramatic look, but still play well with requests from those who keep it safe for work or like a more understated look. Hairdressers use sustainable and eco-friendly product lines containing natural ingredients and excluding harsh chemicals, including Italian brand Davines, Kevin Murphy’s salon line and sulfate-free line Loma, meaning customers never need to feel guilty for looking good.
Recognized as one of Seattle’s coolest and hippest hair salons, people are often surprised by the welcoming, laid-back ambience of this spacious brick-walled storefront in Belltown. The dark walls create a cozy setting that is trendy but never off-putting, and Vain’s talented stylists are known for listening to clients and creating fashion-forward, contemporary color and cuts. When you schedule an appointment, you’ll be asked questions before being matched with the appropriate stylist to craft your dream cut, from an avant-garde masterpiece to simpler trims. Vain’s attached boutique offers a fun, affordable selection of jewelry, gifts and accessories. With other locations in Ballard and West Seattle, Vain even works with hard-to-service hair like dreadlocks, making it a truly all-encompassing salon.
Open since 1946, Frederick’s Beauty Salon sits along a busy street in Seattle’s north-side Greenwood neighborhood. On any given visit, expect to see children getting their first haircuts, brides receiving wedding advice and women of a certain age sporting old-fashioned hair curlers. Frederick’s boasts a staff of seven whose expertise runs the full complement of services for women, men and kiddos, and who cater willingly both to newcomers and longtime clients. With a distinctly mid-century vibe, complete with scripted detailing and on the plate-glass window and vintage touches, the shop’s staff love pampering customers. That means in-salon bridal styling, facial waxing and ultimate treatment blowouts, with promise to restore sheen to “dull, lifeless, dried and fried” hair.
This warm and informal salon, with its exposed brick walls and red and gold accents, sits behind a picture window on Belltown’s charming retail corridor of independent shops, bars and restaurants. At Salon Ciba, unisex and children’s cuts are available seven days a week, as is a full menu of coloring services, including foils, bleaches, glosses and conditioning. Texturing services include Brazilian blowouts, keratin smoothing treatments, permanents, relaxers and thermal straightening. On-staff specialists can handle hair extensions, braiding or wedding and special occasion styling, too. Salon Ciba’s Belltown location offers makeup consults and Tigi makeup products. Those with hair appointments get free makeup touchups, too.