A luxurious interior welcomes men to Weldon Barber, which blends a warm, modern aesthetic with rustic accents, such as a fireplace tucked into a stone wall. While waiting for a cut or shave, guests sink into plush leather chairs and sip complimentary coffee, cola, or bottled water while feasting eyes on a flat-screen TV or a selection of men's magazines.
During signature haircuts—the shop’s bread and butter—stylists commence to pamper with a shampoo and a scalp massage before snipping away extraneous strands to craft a custom haircut inspired by a favorite celebrity or janitorial mop. A delicate detailing of brows, ears, and the nose eliminates rogue facial hairs, and a hot face towel and neck shave leave visages smooth. Clients can pair cuts with a timesaver or a signature shave to quickly and comprehensively free jawlines of five o’clock shadows. Throughout the entire andro-aesthetic adventure, stylists lavish clients with Aveda, Jack Black, and American Crew products.
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.
"When a client is in your chair they should be the center of your universe," Armand states matter-of-factly on his website. The sentence sums up the mission that he and the Salon Armand team back up with pampering action and their signature customized consultations. More than just a quick check-in, these consults involve a staff member listening thoroughly to the client's hair desires. The team works closely with guests to ensure each service matches the client's lifestyle and personal expression, even whipping up hair color tailored to the client's own mood ring?red means mad, whereas purple means under the influence of grape soda.
The thoughtfulness of the boutique salon shines through in its earth-friendly and personal touches. Rotating displays by local and national artists dot the walls, and organic and sustainable products styled exclusively by Aveda.
Trusting an auto detailer with your car may be a decision that requires a little research, but what about when Air Force One needs a cleaning? Mike Rafael and Tom Shearer, owners of Mr. Detail Auto Salon, joined a handpicked team of auto professionals chosen to detail the first presidential jet plane, now installed at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.
When they’re not scouring a piece of American history, they work out of the shop they started together, a joint venture based on their mutual love of cars. Their services range from simple hand washes, wheel polishes, and scuff removal to more involved processes such as paint-less dent removal and fuzzy-dice randomization. Mike and Tom lead a team as they work on cars both in the shop and out of their mobile unit, which is equipped with water and electricity so vehicles can be taken care of anywhere.
Inside of an imposing gray building and behind giant glass doors, Bowie Salon and Spa delivers hair treatments to a unisex clientele that respects current trends. Aside from custom cuts, the salon offers a variety of specialty conditioning treatments, as well as hair extensions, bridal styling and blowouts. Its color approaches include full and partial foil, as well as Ombre treatments that pair lightened tips with darker roots in contrasting colors that seem natural. With tall ceilings and plenty of space between stylists’ stations, clients feel as calm as the Buddha statue that graces the salon’s front desk. Bowie’s large space also means the salon can host styling for groups, including the “Bubbles and Blowouts" service. For those who have trouble making time for an appointment, Bowie does styling house-calls.
Maverick stylist Vidal Sassoon started a revolution when he opened his first salon in London in the 1970s, bringing art to the business of cutting hair. Decades later, his vision lives on in stylish Sassoon Salons that bear his name, including one in downtown Seattle. Even the most finicky clients are impressed by Sassoon Salon’s creative pros, and trained stylists consider each individual’s features before taking hair in a new direction with a precision cut or a custom color. The Fifth Avenue space has a sleek, sophisticated feel with a dramatic black-and-white palette serving as a backdrop for oversized photos on the walls. But inside the vibe is warm and welcoming, as guests are greeted with a handshake and a cup of tea. It’s a small gesture, but deeply appreciated by the growing legions of loyal clients.