Regular clients of House of Lashes can never seem to find their mascara, simply because they haven?t used it in a long, long time. Every few weeks, they lie back as one of the salon?s stylists adheres real or synthetic mink or silk eyelash extensions to their natural lashes. The staff uses a medical-grade adhesive to forge the bond for up to 90 days, long enough to reenact the entire childhood of the average Middle Ages king. In case clients want to go the opposite direction, the technicians also perform and array of waxing services.
Desert Sun Tanning Salon was awarded the 2011 Best Tanning award by King5, which cites the Salon's "Smart Tan Certified tanning consultants" as one of its strongest features. The consultants effortlessly guide clients through three levels of tanning beds according to the client's skin type and tanning desires, and they may even to achieve a bronze as deep as an ancient Greek statue of a lifeguard. Tanning beds are tricked out with amenities including aromatherapy, air conditioning, and piped-in music, and after their sessions clients can choose from an array of nourishing lotions to smooth onto freshly golden skin.
Two talented staffers make treatments at Good Electrolysis & SkinCare possible. Marcella Good is the resident electrolysis expert, motivated to start her career after receiving treatments herself. "As a client," she says, "I understand the frustration and embarrassment of unwanted hair."
Amelie Stevens is the spa's aesthetician, and she, too, removes unwanted hair. But her mode of operation is waxing, instead of using lasers or waiting for hairs to migrate for the winter. Amelie's fascination with the science of the human body has given her a uniquely holistic view of skincare. She feels education is important, so when clients come in for facials, they're also regaled with Amelie's in depth instructions for preventative care. "The more experience I gain," she says, "the more it fascinates me how the face forms the connection between the internal and external world."
In ancient Greek mythology, Apollo was the god of music and one of the most popular sons of Zeus. His esteemed name now adorns Apollo Hair, Health & Beauty as a sign of the divine service clients receive. Guests can book time with a skilled stylist for voluminous layers, or a request a specialty facial to renew the complexion. The salon also offers an array of hair-replacement services that Medusa would have been wise to consider.
Vintage pinup girls keep watch over the transformations that take place inside Pinup Salon, where tiny clouds of hair spray and the hum of hair dryers surround guests in a cozy space. The framed pictures?clinging to walls and resting on top of hairstylists? workstations?and vintage shots of James Dean serve as creative inspiration for the stylists. Aside from re-creating the pinup hairdos made popular in the 1940s and 1950s, the stylists craft classic and modern ?dos with trendy ombre locks, using such hues as cobalt blue, hot pink, and clear.
Most professional stylists loathe cancelled appointments, but not Graeme Welsh. Graeme is a volunteer stylist at Seattle Children's Hospital, where a cancellation means his client has made a recovery––and that's always a good thing. In a recent Channel 5 feature, Graeme discussed the many silver linings of his hospital work, as well as the hurdles. "When I first started 15 years ago, it was just a chair amongst all the volunteers folding envelopes," says the native Australian. "I had a chair, and a mirror and a water spray and that was it."
Today Graeme is in much better company. He has his own hospital room for styling, and is joined by several other stylists keen on his cause. What's more, some former patients have become recurrent clients, stopping in for a trim en route to their own hospital volunteer work. When not changing lives at the hospital, Graeme helms his own successful styling studio––Three Graces Salon, off 65th St. The space is as bright as his personality. Golden walls and wood floors beam with natural light as he infuses strands with bold highlights and frames haircuts to flatter his appreciative clientele.