Like a cake, Napolitano Day Spa Salon is made up of layers, each as tempting as the last. At first glance, the Spa Salon appears to be a boutique. In its orange-walled entrance room, wooden tables and racks showcase clothing, accessories, and beauty products to a soundtrack of modern music. As clients journey past one of the center's two burbling fountains, they enter the salon space, where a team of stylists customizes hair with fashionable cuts and flattering colors. Farther back still, past the bustling stylist stations, is a haven of peace embodied by private spa-treatment rooms, soothing music, and a relaxation room filled with complimentary tea and flattering whispers.
Awarded Seattle Met's Best Facial of 2008, the spa refines visages with nine options that harness Dermalogica and Jan Marini products. Each one comes with a personalized routine for home care, an herbal foot soak with lavender and rosemary, and their signature recipe of non-invasive clinical therapies. Meanwhile, French seaweed, algae, and personalized aromatherapy lend body wraps and massages a touch of nourishment and help clients to prepare for dates with handsome lake monsters.
While studying hairdressing in the late 1980s at an Aveda salon, Lisa Vann fell in love with the company's products and global ethics. She decided to further her relationship with the beauty business by helping to develop new Aveda haircare lines and traveling the world to demonstrate the brand's products and techniques to other salon professionals. The owner and acclaimed stylist of Milagros Salon Spa has had her work featured in several publications, including Glamour, Marie Claire, and Essence, and received four consecutive nominations for international hairstylist of the year from the Canadian Mirror Awards.
In keeping with Lisa's Aveda upbringing, Milagros's staff performs each salon and spa treatment with botanically derived Aveda products. Stylists brighten strands and fading area rugs using Aveda Full Spectrum hair color blended from 97% natural ingredients. Body treatments—such as the rosemary-mint wrap and sea-salt polish—and custom facials detoxify and balance skin with plant extracts and hydrating creams.
A beauty-industry veteran for more than 20 years, owner Inez Gray fosters a creative environment at Habitude Day Spa and Salon, where her energetic staff beautifies clients with customized hair-, skin-, and body-care services. Her team of innovative stylists and aestheticians enhances exteriors with the aid of Aveda and Bumble and bumble products and goes to great lengths to ensure each client's experience parallels the calm obtained from a bedtime story read by Morgan Freeman. While clients indulge in such services as essential mani-pedis and Brazilian blowouts, Habitude's eco-friendly space wraps around them, helping to soothe their senses with its contemporary western decor and eco boutique packed with fair-trade gifts and trinkets. The salon makes regular donations to its good-karma bank by continually giving back to the community and by serving as a training ground for up-and-coming green stylists, who earn their shears through the Crux Academy.
The beauticians-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. Though their talents are diverse, all of the institute's students 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 such as Shampure shampoo 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.
Driven by core values that include empathy and accountability, the staffers of Lake Union Wellness cultivate optimal health in their clients through natural and holistic methods. Licensed chiropractors and massage therapists address aches, mobility issues, and alignment problems with deep-tissue massages and spinal therapy, not drugs, surgery, or tickling. The practitioners promote ongoing wellness in clients by guiding them toward strength-building exercises, therapeutic stretches, and nutrition coaching. Even as they do serious work, Lake Union’s staffers maintain a lighthearted, friendly environment, seeking to build long-term relationships with clients. Perks such as free parking and evening appointment times make the experience as relaxed as Barry White’s answering-machine greeting.