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.
The staff at Aveda Caruh Salon knows what it?s like to want to bring your inner beauty to the outside. As their website says, ?We think our exterior of our building looks awful and are glad that ?beauty is on the inside.?? They may not be able to do much with the exterior, but owner Cyndi DeSoto and her salon and spa teams bring the beauty of their clients to the forefront with hair and skin services that use plant-based Aveda products and organic essential oils squeezed from delicate flower organs.
Since it opened in 1988, the salon has not only expanded its space and gone from styling mullets to long layers and pixie cuts, it?s also been voted one of the Top 200 Salons in America by Salon Today magazine. It isn?t just the precision cuts and colors, clarifying facials, or muscle-soothing massages that make it a top salon; it?s also the exuberant spirit of the staff. On average, Caruh donates about $40,000 per year to local charities, and every first Thursday, the salon closes for three hours for the staff to meet, bond, and celebrate successes.
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.
The savvy staff at duque salon + spa + boutique exercise precise aesthetic methods while crafting distinct styles through haircuts, makeup treatments, and salon services. Executive Stylist Giovanna Duque, who has honed her shear-wielding abilities on the manes of models and actors including Katie Holmes and Michelle Williams, utilizes tension-free dry-cutting methods which deliver precise shapes. To begin each deluge-free treatment, Giovanna straightens strands with a flatiron and proceeds to shape head shrubbery with slight vertical scissor cuts for a gentle, tapered end. During the Face Forward makeup application, duque salon + spa + boutique's rouge Rembrandts collaborate with skin tones, facial features, and individual styles to create a natural look for each beauty seeker. Alternatively, clients can opt for highlights, all-over color, deep-conditioning treatments, or updos.
The exposed-brick walls of duque salon + spa + boutique's studio contrast with contemporary black-and-chrome furnishings to provide clients with a comfortable arena in which to unwind while sipping on complimentary tea or nibbling on light eats.
A licensed massage therapist for more than two decades, Audra Sanderhoff purges stress and anxiety from the body during even the most stressful times—including childbirth. As owner of Something Sacred Massage, Audra invites clients—male or female—to stop in for a soothing chair or table massage, during which she incorporates any 1 of her 15 massage techniques with anti-inflammatory lotions. However, Audra’s true gift lies with expectant mothers. Trained as a doula, Audra provides moms-to-be with emotional, physical, and informational support before, during, and after childbirth. She offers three doula packages, complete with birth-planning meetings, prenatal massages, breast-feeding fundamentals, and labor support. Clients can also visit Audra for à la carte services, including prenatal yoga classes designed to prepare the body for childbirth and postnatal follow-ups if the child turns out to be an alien.
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.