At Nature Nails and Spa, patrons get more than just simple sweeps of polish on their nails. That's because the nail technicians take their time trimming and shaping nails, grooming cuticles, and wrapping hands and feet in hot towels during pampering appointments. After applying a cooling gel and scrubbing skin with an exfoliating sea-salt formula, they enhance nails with hues to match clients' moods or outfits, or a pet's eye color.
The marble-patterned side tables and gilded footbaths make Kenmore Happy Nails' pedicure chairs truly throne-like. The staff members work to make their clients feel like royalty while rendering manicures, pedicures, and other spa treatments such as waxing and eyelash extensions. They also specialize in permanent makeup, filling in lip lines and eyebrows.
This narrow, but tidy salon, in Seattle’s Montlake residential neighborhood, offers comfortable leather chairs and cheerful ambient lighting that bounces off its lavender walls. Its menu of services for adult clients is available six days per week. Aside from traditional cuts and styling, Salon Blast’s small team offers color via balayage, partial or full foil, accent color, as well as formal event styling and updos, Brazilian blowouts and keratin smoothing procedures designed to de-frizz and moisturize hair. Salon Blast sells salon-only hair care products from Kevin Murphy, which are sulfate and paraben-free, as well as formulas for colored hair from Davines Alchemic and moisturizing treatments from Moroccan Oil.
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.
Sweet Spot is a hidden gem in Fremont that offers sugaring, a form of hair removal, for both men and women. Considered less painful than waxing, the sugaring process involves applying a warm sugar paste to the hairy area and then whisking the hairs away. The baby blue and gray walls of the salon are offset by bright red accent walls, while local art and an exposed ceiling help to create an urban setting. The salon offers basic facial waxing, as well as back, buttock, leg and even Brazilian waxing. Informative staff provides advice on pre- and post-appointment protocol regarding tanning, workouts and other activities best avoided within hours of service. Free parking, tea and, of course, sweets are offered in the waiting room, soothing newbies’ nerves and relaxing returning regulars.
Under the expert guidance of advanced registered nurse practitioner Sima Rafii, the staff at Sima Medical & Cosmetic Clinic restores patients' health and confidence with a full menu of wellness services. Their medical treatments cover dermatologic conditions such as acne, rashes, and sun damage, as well as yearly health exams and skin-cancer screenings. Armed with lasers, they turn their hands to cosmetic services such as hair removal, fotofacials, and Liposonix body-contouring treatments. The skincare experts also smooth epidermises with microdermabrasion and Botox injections, and coach clients on how to care for their skin and train it to win all-state skin care trophies.