Like a good relationship or a flower with a fertilizer addiction, Shador is growing. The staff of sugaring experts and aestheticians recently migrated to a new space, which has meant an upgrade in facilities and the ability to offer massages. Each service, from botanically based detoxifying body wraps to custom facials, helps to beautify and relax clients. For hair removal, the staff eschews the discomfort of hot wax in favor of a natural sugaring serum that pulls hair out in the direction of growth, and favored strands are magnified through the individual application of synthetic or mink eyelash extensions.
Frequently regarded as one of Seattle’s best manicure and pedicure salons, Hoa Salon’s clean and spa-like environment is a cut above run-of-the-mill nail parlors that reek of chemicals and hum with televised soap operas. Hoa’s hushed Roosevelt store calms patrons with its ambient lighting and a welcoming front desk. There’s no TV here (though WiFi is available), just plenty of OPI polishes to choose from and a spa menu that features manicures, pedicures and waxing treatments. Add paraffin, an exfoliating scrub, a mask, or leg massage to soften and soothe skin while you’re at it. And for special occasions, groups can reserve a private room with six pedicure stations for all to enjoy. Staff will even happily secure a banquet permit so the champagne and boutique treats can flow freely while getting your nails done.
Red Chair’s Capitol Hill storefront salon, with its festive streetlights and bright red walls, offers an energizing take on the hair care basics — cuts, styling and color — and delivers them with thoughtful touches like a scalp massage with shampooing. Style seekers can get a flatiron or updo for a special occasion, and those seeking a color shift can choose from full foil or partial foil treatments, cellophane therapy and balayage techniques, as well as lash tinting to make sure brows match the mane. Moroccan Oil treatments and products are available to hydrate all hair types, and those interested in hair removal can choose from sugaring or waxing (including Brazilian). Online appointment scheduling is a nice perk.
At Frenchy's Day Spa, every last detail emanates the luxurious spirit of Paris, from the treatments to the product lines to the ornately curved furnishings and lamps resembling the Eiffel Tower. This living love letter to the City of Light has earned the spa much recognition from both local and national magazines. Their extensive list of services showcases an array of facials, which range from enzyme peels to more medically targeted treatments. Eyelash extensions, makeup application, brow shaping, and sugaring—a gentler, natural alternative to wax—also work to beautify guests.
As clients repose in deep leather chairs for a luxurious pedicure, they are pampered and massaged while sipping a cup of Market Spice Tea. In addition to also offering nail services and organic spray tans, clients can also peruse the beauty boutique for such products as Chantecaille, La Mer, and Babor.
The estheticians-in-training at Gary Manuel Aveda Institute promote inner and outer beauty with an array of skin and hair services in an atmosphere that celebrates the individual creativity of each student. All of the institute's students exclusively use the same products developed by Aveda, a socially conscious company that produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular products deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with ecofriendly packaging cradling ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.