Mixtzin Beauty and Talent stylists invite men, women, and children into their styling chairs where they shower them with precision cuts and professional products by GK Hair Products. Working eyeball to eyeball with clients, the team evaluates facial shape and proportion before recommending bold new cuts, natural hair extensions, or color treatments. They also specialize in bridal updos and makeup.
Technicians use a special adhesive for individual eyelash extensions that?s available only to trained experts. Read on to see what makes it so special.
Natural-looking yet genetics-defying eyelashes: that's the goal of eyelash-extension salons. Each tiny extension is attached to an existing lash with a special kind of medical-grade glue that disappears into the lashes so clients can forget they weren?t born looking that way. It?s a delicate process performed by highly trained technicians, but it wouldn?t have been invented if not for a common household item: Super Glue.
In 1942, Dr. Harry Coover invented Super Glue by mistake. While trying to formulate a clear plastic to be used for gun sights at Eastman-Kodak during World War II, he and his team found that one substance was so sticky that it was almost impossible to work with?it would bind to just about anything, with no need for heat, pressure, or pleading. The company eventually put it on the market in 1958. Chemically known as a cyanoacrylate, the adhesive eventually found experimental use in the Vietnam War as a way to quickly close wounds and stop excessive bleeding, giving wounded soldiers more time to seek medical help in the field. Eventually the FDA approved forms of it for use in medicine.
Today, different cyanoacrylate formulations are used in dental surgery, to rejoin veins, and in the eyelash salon. Despite its ancestor?s application of bonding skin, eyelash-extension glue is meant to touch the lash only. To avoid contact with the lid, the glue is applied to the extension rather than the natural lash. Then it?s held against the lash with tiny tweezers for the 30?40 seconds it takes for the chemical bond to form?and repeated dozens of times until the lids are as lushly curtained as the client likes.
Located on Mercer Island, and open since 1987, Studio 904 is both a beauty salon and spa. Its inviting, airy site, just a short walk from Mercedale Park, features fourteen different stylists under the tutelage of founder Kay Hirai. The staff’s range of beauty skills include not only shaping, cutting, coloring and refreshing the hair of women and men of all ages, but also performing facials, waxings and the normal supply of manicures and pedicures. first time clients enjoy a special $20 off discount, but most folks found in the simple black salon chairs have been longtime regulars. They mostly keep coming back for the staff, a dedicated group of professionals that love to make haircuts look great on anyone.
With three locations serving Seattle, both downtown and in a new South Lake Union site, Capelli’s Gentlemen’s Barbershop provides customers with a warming blend of both the traditional and the new for Seattle-area men who need a bit of grooming done. This Fourth Avenue location, offers a comfortable spot for the professional man to relax during his busy day. For the exceptionally busy, easy online scheduling allows clients to pick morning, afternoon and even appointments that don’t conflict with either work or social obligations. Services range from traditional haircuts to head shaves, from signature shaves to mustache and goatee trims, all from within a wood-lined, cozy feel that’s more akin to a den than its downtown space. Dim lighting and high-end touches round out the experience, and enamored customers looking to repeat the experience can sign up for executive memberships to earn future discounts.
The phrase "rock-star nails" might call to mind fingernails painted a gothic black, or ones made jagged by too much guitar-strumming. At A-Luxe Beauty Salon, however, rock-star nails are polished and glamorous—nail artist Liz Vargas crafts the shimmery designs that she lays atop enamel. With glitter-speckled base colors that fade from dark to light, the nails upgrade any manicure to a fashion statement.
The salon itself is colored just as boldly. Lime green, vibrant red, and blue tiled walls border the space where a team of beauty experts administers hair, skin, and nail services. Each treatment is meticulously customized, whether it's a haircut and blowout or a facial based on face-mapping, a method of skin analysis that's more reliable than conducting a phone survey on each pore. The staff are also particular about which products they use, stocking up on non-toxic nail polish, natural shea-butter foot cream, and the Dermalogica line of skincare formulas.
Few things are more important to a well-groomed woman than her nails, and Seattle’s Julep nail parlor location is particularly adept at serving those needs. Located in downtown, adjacent to the Red Lion Hotel, Seattle’s Julep – with more locations in University Village, Bellevue and Gig Harbor – offers more than just attention to nails. Waxing and facial treatment round out the shop’s top qualities, while the most popular option remains the Julep Manicure, which combines a paraffin wrap and sea salt exfoliation with an extended massage session. Many of the treatments and manicure sessions are designed to last weeks, making sure customers can keep their fresh looks until it’s time to return for another session at the trendy, modern salon space, outfitted with comfortable treatment chairs and moody lighting.