Aesthetician Asha Teeter's fascination with beauty began when she waxed her cousin's eyebrows—at the tender age of 14. Her mother had a strict rule against wearing makeup, which Asha cleverly circumvented by learning techniques such as waxing, tweezing, and eyebrow shaping. After graduating from school, she gained some hands-on experience at the elbow of a 20-year skincare veteran, who helped her take her first steps into the world of professional beauty.
Asha’s years of experience—both professional and extracurricular—seem to have paid off. She now works within the relaxing confines of Kyva Beginnings Wellness Spa, beautifying her clients’ skin with a menu of European facials, pumpkin peels, and waxing services. The same spirit of innovation that empowered her as a teenager has led her to explore more advanced treatments as a professional. Her far-infrared sauna treatments aim to detoxify the body and burn calories, and her ionic footbaths draw out toxins and relax soles after record-breaking dance-a-thons.
Each of Seattle Sun Tan's 39 locations spans between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet of space dedicated solely to the art of un-sunbathing. Washington-state tanners strut down immaculate hallways dotted with framed original paintings and contemporary artwork before settling into private rooms where they may acquire their desired shade while enjoying the sounds of their own music or prerecorded subliminal messages piped in through the iPod dock perched near each bed. The Smart Tan?certified staff guides clients in selecting which of the five levels of UV bed best fits their tanning needs and whether they desire a short tan time, prefer to stand up or lie down, or wish to bask beneath high-pressure face lamps. Shop shelves offer home tanners quality products from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, whereas spray-tanning options from VersaSpa and SunFX both impart a natural-looking faux glow that takes mere minutes to apply and lasts for days.
The stylists, technicians, and aestheticians at 4Ever Nails & Salon have clients covered, whether clients want to upgrade their everyday do or desperately seek a way to pare down a morning makeup routine. Stylists are equally adept at cutting and styling hair for seniors as they are with adults, kids, and life-like ventriloquist dummies. Aestheticians concern themselves with hair residing below the hairline, waxing or threading away fuzz from the arms, brows, upper lip, and cheeks, and then turn their focus to skin, expunging impurities with steam and extractions and applying fruit masks to leave faces soft and kissable. Manicures and pedicures can last longer with coats of shellac or gel polish, which can resist chips for up to three weeks, while clients can throw away brow, lip, or eye pencils for good with the shop's permanent makeup services, which impart a subtle or sultry look that stays put 24 hours a day.
The bodily benefactors at Three Cedars Day Spa protect guests from the harsh outside world with a coterie of calming services for the skin, face, and body. Licensed aestheticians denude unwanted hair with beams of pulsed light or oversee daylong pampering packages that include European facials and a choice of seaweed or mud wraps. Massage practitioners offer a choice of five styles, including their signature massage, which includes steamed and scented towels, deep-tissue strokes, and wafting smells of citrus. Guests warm themselves by a working fireplace clad in an optional robe and slippers before enjoying their choice of facial or waxing services. A kids-free zone, Three Cedars Day Spa politely asks parents to leave little ones at home, lest they disrupt the serenity or get into arguments with the Teddy Ruxpin checking IDs at the door.
Housed inside a rustic brick building in downtown Tacoma, a trio of stylists?Mia, Missy, and Amber?sling L'Or?al products as they cut, color, and alter the texture of clients' hair. Meanwhile, in private treatment rooms enveloped in warm earthy tones, massage therapist Abrah calls upon custom techniques and hot stones to break apart stress and assuage muscle pains. The salon's aesthetician, Kylee, also works in the private treatment rooms to pump up lashes with synthetic extensions and strip away surplus fuzz with waxing treatments for the face, full body, and dorsal fin.
If not for a display case brimming with products for hair and skin, one might confuse the welcoming L'Or?al salon for a friend's posh home. The ebullient space boasts comfortable living-room furniture and delicate chandeliers flanked by lilac wall hues and wood trim.
Since putting the finishing touches on the hairdo of their first customer more than 10 years ago, Attitudes Salon’s crew of talented stylists has worked diligently to foster a welcoming atmosphere while offering a slew of fashionable services. So dedicated is the team to both keeping their skills honed and remaining abreast of current trends that it regularly engages in training courses. Specializing in snipping chic styles, the stylists meet with each client for a pre-cut consultation to come up with a style that will flatter their features and express their personality. Throughout the day, the salon remains abuzz with staffers highlighting hair, waxing brows, and restoring radiance to fingers that have mistaken paint buckets for soap dispensers.