Like a cake, Napolitano Day Spa Salon is made up of layers, each as tempting as the last. At first glance, the Spa Salon appears to be a boutique. In its orange-walled entrance room, wooden tables and racks showcase clothing, accessories, and beauty products to a soundtrack of modern music. As clients journey past one of the center's two burbling fountains, they enter the salon space, where a team of stylists customizes hair with fashionable cuts and flattering colors. Farther back still, past the bustling stylist stations, is a haven of peace embodied by private spa-treatment rooms, soothing music, and a relaxation room filled with complimentary tea and flattering whispers.
Awarded Seattle Met's Best Facial of 2008, the spa refines visages with nine options that harness Dermalogica and Jan Marini products. Each one comes with a personalized routine for home care, an herbal foot soak with lavender and rosemary, and their signature recipe of non-invasive clinical therapies. Meanwhile, French seaweed, algae, and personalized aromatherapy lend body wraps and massages a touch of nourishment and help clients to prepare for dates with handsome lake monsters.
Dusty plum hues, plush pedicure chairs, and soft lighting come together to create an intimate space for clients to indulge in relaxing manicure and pedicure services. May Salon's staple mani-pedis combine necessary nail basics, such as nail shaping and cuticle trimming, with relaxing extras, such as hand and foot massages and steamy hot towels. Clients can have their tips topped with regular polish in a color of their choice, or they can opt for long-lasting gel formulas such as CND Shellac, which stays chip-free for up to 14 days—or, as Jane Austen's manicurist says, a lone fortnight.
MargiDavid Salon was founded in 1989, back when salon websites were merely pages in the phonebook that could only be clicked on with a ballpoint pen. However, the salon's associates are as up to date as can be, frequently traveling to new cities for continued education, especially with the Oribe haircare line. Their commitment to stay abreast of the latest trends is evidenced by the many modern 'dos that emerge from the salon, although the stylists can also use their shears and razors to top their clients' heads with classic looks.
Shear Madness, located only a few blocks from the University of Washington, is big on boldness. They loudly proclaim the best haircuts in the surrounding University District, and their funky, modern salon space doesn’t shy away from strong décor. Stone walls and flashing street lights set the stage inside this high-ceilinged outpost, while a chalkboard wall declares the prices for each service. A dual-action salon space, Shear Madness caters to both men and women, offering basic cuts, trims and clips for guys and more controlled options for gals. Coloring, waxing, blowouts and full session washing sessions are available, serviced by hip, young stylists that aren’t afraid to point customers towards a certain “in” look.
Boardroom Cafe is the kind of place where you could spend a few minutes, a few hours, or the entire day. It's a popular breakfast spot, and lots of people show up in the morning to order a breakfast burrito or a latte to go. But the plaid pillows and sleek leather couch can be so enticing that, before you know it, it's lunchtime. That's not exactly a problem when the lunch menu includes B.L.T. sandwiches and steamy bowls of chicken tortilla soup.
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.