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.
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.
Step inside Swink Style Bar and it’s easy to understand its place as one of the best salons in the U.S., according to Elle Magazine. Let your fashionable stylist transform your hair into a stunning ‘do for a night out while you sink into the exceedingly comfortable chairs. Quick mini-makeovers can also be had, which include a shampoo and conditioning and available dry styling option. Swink is also a hot spot for brides-to-be, who appreciate the trial run service being included in the packages leading up to the big day. Because the staff knows well the stress involved with getting ready to say “I do”, they’ve created an entire bridal package, which includes rental of the entire shop and the possibility of ordering a light meal, complete with bubbly.
This Belltown salon, brightened by its mix of mirrors and light and its broad wall of windows facing 2nd Avenue, strives to provide contemporary hair and waxing services using natural and organic products, such as its Arigato and CLEAN Enhanced Organics lines. Facial and brow waxing are available, as is lash and brow tinting. Euphorico also offers straightening and de-frizzing treatments via a kind and gentle Amino Fusion technique (keratin- and formaldehyde-free), as well as relaxer treatments and deep conditioning processes. The salon offers cuts and styling for day or evening, and a full array of coloring options and color compliment techniques, including shines and glosses.
Colleen Kurke, owner of Cutz Meridian, leads stylists who cut and primp the hair of male and female clients with products from Moroccanoil and the salon-exclusive Keune hair-color line. Beneath original artwork accented by the wall?s red and aqua hues, stylists shampoo and deep-condition locks with Moroccanoil formulas, which are packed with natural argan. The staff smoothes frizzed strands with long-lasting keratin treatments to keep hair as silky as a seal in a velvet jumpsuit for up to six weeks. They also oust frizz with keratin-free Thermafuse products, which work for up to 12 weeks.