Though Seattle's famed Space Needle and mountains lend the city a sense of grandeur, they attract the most attention with their finest point: the peak. Many Seattle spas take the same approach, lining their broad menus with specialized detail work for the extremities, or nuanced techniques that shape small features. Hidden amidst lists of full-body massages and wraps, these treatments prove that a tight focus typically results in beauteous trends.
Jessica Norton, owner of Spa Noir, once told NWsource that eyebrows are "sisters, not twins." She therefore treats each brow as an individual during her meticulous shaping appointments. A similar amount of concentration goes into a Star Session, a massage treatment that plies the body's five ends—the head, each hand, and each foot—with pressure-point practices. The space itself is an homage to intimate boutiques. An armchair draped in red fabric acts as "the pedicure throne," though it is reserved for clients rather than King, the tiny dog mascot who often greets visitors.
Gene Juarez Salons & Spas trades the boutique feel for a luxurious vibe. Still, despite having several locations spread across Washington, they've bucked the impersonal stereotype that can haunt large businesses. The staff customizes their Kératese conditioning treatments for each client's hair-care needs, a touch that earned them a spot on _Allure_ magazine's A-List in 2008 as Best Hair Salon. They also lay claim to a one-of-a-kind blow-dry process, whose finishing flair is unique to their trained stylists. Their targeted skin treatments are equally specific, with remedies such as "breakout emergency" and "brighten up" complementing more general facials and peels.
Habitude, meanwhile, bookends its hair appointments with pampering bonuses: an Aveda stress-relieving scalp treatment, and a complimentary makeup touchup. The team handpicks art for the flagship location's gallery as carefully as they hand-collect stones along the Olympic peninsula—necessary tools for the spa's River Rock Rub. Clients can augment massages with a hot-stone spot treatment, or further isolate their kneads with a neck relief massage.
In contrast to the all-purpose day spas above, some Seattle spas deal in exclusive disciplines. The Sweet Spot is one such place, and was featured on CBS Local's list of Best Day Spas in Seattle for its sugaring treatments. Its aestheticians apply an all-natural mix of sugar, lemon, and guar gum to the skin, which is then flicked away along with unwanted hairs. Having mastered the art of gently clearing strands from sensitive areas, the staff specializes in Brazilian services for men and women.
Stacya Silverman's forte is even smaller. At Stacya Silverman Art & Beauty, she wields wax and Ultra Tweezers to pluck and define brows. Her preference for a natural aesthetic prevents arches from looking too thin; instead, her signature $27 brow waxes aim to bring flattering balance and lift to the face.
Despite the uncooperative weather, looking beautiful in Seattle is rather easy and the city’s beauty experts make sure that it’s also fun.