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.
Casual and centrally-located, New Look Beauty Salon handles hair problems of all kinds,from basic cuts and bang trims to a variety of color methods using foils or balayage to hair extensions. It’s also one of the few salons in Seattle that offers clients Digital Perm processing, a perm technique, popularized in Japan, in which hair is wound around computer-controlled ceramic rods, so that thermal waves can be delivered to hair, resulting in a soft, wavy look rather than frizzy or dried locks. The salon also offers facials, lash and brow tinting, waxing (including Brazilian), as well as mani/pedi services. Due to its Wallingford location, New Look has become a go-to spot for nearby university students.
The employees of Spa Envy have a simple ambition: they merely want to sit their clients in tension-melting Shiatsu massage chairs and work on relaxing their minds and bodies. Talk about a formula for success! And if that weren’t enough, Spa Envy does more than seek to restore energy and soothe pained bodies; their services include hand and foot care treatments, a variety of waxing options and facial services, as well as tinting. The friendly, calm interior of this University District location makes each session a calming one, with dark wood trim, lots of natural lighting and black leather chairs that are as comfortable to look at as they are to sit in. There are discounts for first-time customers, though many getting massaged are longtime clients.
Savvy Nails & Spa’s clients sink into leather pedicure thrones as experienced technicians pamper digits within the terra-cotta walled, orchid-filled salon. Hands soak in a softening solution before the manicurist massages lotion and whispers Audrey Hepburn quotes to soften hardened areas. Warm wax surrounds dipping hands or provides a blanket over just the nails, while warm towels engulf hands in steamy heat. During the spa pedicure, sea salt exfoliates toughened skin and a hot-stone foot massage relieves stress obtained from walking in platform moon shoes. Both manicure and pedicure treatments prettify nails with cleansing, shaping, and color application. Upholding safety through sanitation, the nail salon never reuses equipment, covers pedicure bowls with one-time-use lining, and sanitizes all tools according to Washington State Board regulations.
Sure, many stylists tend to beautify locks using nationally renowned salon products from Bumble & bumble and CHI. But few salons can brag that they've also developed their very own formulas based on their own professional experience and direct feedback from their clients. That's exactly what Derby Salon owner Alison Etter has done with her brand of timesaving, quality serums, Coy. The products are deployed by an eclectic crew of beautifiers who mesh not only professionally but personally, creating a fun atmosphere for both the stylists and their clients. In addition to haircuts and coloring, the multi-tasking aestheticians also give guests luxurious facials, massage, and shellac manicures.