When aestheticians Vanessa Hurlburt and Shelby Meyers teamed up to found a beauty boutique for women, they wisely turned to Audrey Hepburn for inspiration. Hepburn’s famed saying—“happy girls are the prettiest girls”—became their guiding principle as they filled their spa menu with airbrush tans, eyelash extensions, and facial treatments.
Thanks to the owners' warm personalities or the airbrush’s equally warm mist, clients often have a difficult time holding back smiles during UV-free tans that burnish skin with a bronze glow. The same proves true for facials, which incorporate medical-grade Image Skincare products to diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and lion scratches that the aestheticians will call fine lines without asking too many questions. When Vanessa wants some inspiration for her signature eyelash extensions, she needs only to look at the boutique’s damask walls, where elegant tendrils flow in a repeated pattern from floor to ceiling. The pair’s sugaring treatments achieve a more streamlined aesthetic, removing unwanted hair at the root with an all-natural blend of sugar, water, and lemon. For a shirt or dress to go with your freshly smoothed skin, look no further than the spa’s boutique, which houses apparel from brands such as daftbird, Only Hearts, and Woodleigh.
Though their moniker implies a limited focus on only two treatments, the staff at The Lash & Wax Boutique has padded their aesthetic portfolio with far more services than just eyelash extensions and body waxing. Their classic and clarifying facials keep complexions smooth, and six assorted peels help fight signs of aging in delicious flavors such as blueberry and pomegranate. Spray tans, permanent-makeup applications, and long-lasting mink and synthetic lashes give the facility a spa-like feel. However, the real staff specialty is hair removal that reaches way beyond wax—the staff also banishes unwanted strands via threading and body sugaring, which is not only a gentler depilatory than wax, but receives a far warmer reception when accidentally dropped into a pot of coffee.
E.B. White once dubbed the martini "the elixir of quietude." One might dub Martini Spa "the emporium of quietude," as the main priority of the staff is to make clients feel at home as they enjoy peace, quiet, and pampering services custom-tailored to their needs. Massages help to work out tension from both body and face, and waxing sessions unveil silky-smooth skin during sessions that are less serene but equally sigh-inducing. Those hoping to put some extra power behind their wink can seek out the spa's aestheticians, who lengthen fringe with eyelash extensions. Nail technicians refine fingertips and toe-tips with coats of long-lasting Shellac polish or take a few extra minutes to swathe nails in French style with miniature portraits of Gérard Depardieu.
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.
Stylus, a sleek two-story Belltown salon, with skylights and dark wooden touches, creates a soothing environment offset by fresh art curated periodically by a local gallery. Within this sleek and spare atmosphere, customers come for classic cuts, full or partial coloring treatments, as well as numerous types of relaxer, keratin treatments, blowouts and updos. Facial and other hair removal services cleanup a look. For a spa day treatment, hedonists can enjoy mineralizing body polishes, detoxifying body wraps or a facial with or without glycolic treatment. Those hoping to make the glamour permanent can accent their look with the enchanting addition of lash extensions.
The Beauty Lab's menu of facials, PCA skin treatments, and hair-removal services actually acts as more of a jumping-off point than a rigid list. That's because all these treatments—not just the custom ones—use products tailored to the client's skin and personal preferences.
Facials rely on specialized masks and serums to fight signs of aging, combat acne, or keep the skin looking as dewy as a blade of grass in a plants pin-up calendar. Different PCA peel ingredients can be blended together and enhanced with a collagen-boosting retinol if the client needs it. And because many people have sensitive skin or simply distrust soft wax, The Beauty Lab offers two more hair-removal agents in addition to traditional soft wax—hard wax and a sugar paste mixed by an onsite aesthetician.