A stress-free oasis in the heart of downtown, Seattle Executive Med Spa offers a tranquil counterpoint to the bustling energy of the city just outside its doors. The spa?s aestheticians and therapists practice their crafts within private treatment rooms, where medical-grade facials help correct blemishes and a combination of traditional and Hawaiian massage styles untie pineapple-size knots or pry away floral shirts that have taken root on backs and shoulders. Though the team specializes in relaxing treatments, they also look to help individual health and wellness through medi-spa treatments. Board certified physicians provide several non-invasive treatments such as Coolsculpting and Ulthearpy. Treatments for anti-aging and weight loss are also available. They can also accommodate large groups for events such as weddings, bachelorette parties, or corporate functions.
When aestheticians Vanessa Hurlburt and Shelby Meyers teamed up to found a beauty boutique for women, they wisely turned to Audrey Hepburn for inspiration. Hepburn’s famed saying—“happy girls are the prettiest girls”—became their guiding principle as they filled their spa menu with airbrush tans, eyelash extensions, and facial treatments.
Thanks to the owners' warm personalities or the airbrush’s equally warm mist, clients often have a difficult time holding back smiles during UV-free tans that burnish skin with a bronze glow. The same proves true for facials, which incorporate medical-grade Image Skincare products to diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and lion scratches that the aestheticians will call fine lines without asking too many questions. When Vanessa wants some inspiration for her signature eyelash extensions, she needs only to look at the boutique’s damask walls, where elegant tendrils flow in a repeated pattern from floor to ceiling. The pair’s sugaring treatments achieve a more streamlined aesthetic, removing unwanted hair at the root with an all-natural blend of sugar, water, and lemon. For a shirt or dress to go with your freshly smoothed skin, look no further than the spa’s boutique, which houses apparel from brands such as daftbird, Only Hearts, and Woodleigh.
Four Things to Know About Ananya Spa
Ananya Spa founder Julianne started her career as a licensed massage therapist, but soon became adept at facials and waxing, too. And just as she added an aesthetician’s license to her repertoire, she’s also added a bevy of treatments to Ananya’s service menu over time. Read on to learn more about Ananya Spa and the spirituality that infuses its treatments:
You may have seen the spa in Allure Magazine. Writers for the beauty mag kicked off a list of Seattle's best body treatments with an Ananya mention, highlighting the massage therapy skills of then-staffer Jessica Farrell.
Massages provide relaxation with international flavor. In addition to the classic Swedish massage, clients can also choose from intense Thai massages, relaxing Hawaiian lomi lomi massages, and gentle Indian Sundari massages.
When it comes to skincare, you can go futuristic or more natural. More clinical facial treatments rely on injections or freeze-dried collagen, while a host of natural treatments use simple botanical ingredients ranging from lavender essential oil to coconut and honey.
Packages make total rejuvenation simple. A total of 13 packages unite specific massages, facials, mani-pedis, and wraps for pampering sessions that last 90 minutes to seven hours long.
Within a black-and-white 1,500-square-foot facility embellished with tropical accents, Kucumber Skin Lounge's physician-supervised medical aestheticians enhance earthly edifices with hair removal sessions performed with lasers or customized wax, Botox injections, and cutting-edge skin treatments such as hydrafacials, photofacials, and chemical peels. Tattoo removal services rid bodies of the names of ex-lovers or outdated maps leading to safe-deposit boxes hidden during the Y2K scare. Other body beautifiers include tanning and specialized cosmetic treatments.
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The staff at Aveda Caruh Salon knows what it?s like to want to bring your inner beauty to the outside. As their website says, ?We think our exterior of our building looks awful and are glad that ?beauty is on the inside.?? They may not be able to do much with the exterior, but owner Cyndi DeSoto and her salon and spa teams bring the beauty of their clients to the forefront with hair and skin services that use plant-based Aveda products and organic essential oils squeezed from delicate flower organs.
Since it opened in 1988, the salon has not only expanded its space and gone from styling mullets to long layers and pixie cuts, it?s also been voted one of the Top 200 Salons in America by Salon Today magazine. It isn?t just the precision cuts and colors, clarifying facials, or muscle-soothing massages that make it a top salon; it?s also the exuberant spirit of the staff. On average, Caruh donates about $40,000 per year to local charities, and every first Thursday, the salon closes for three hours for the staff to meet, bond, and celebrate successes.
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, 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.