Mode Organic Salon's multitalented staff transforms visitors into beacons for compliments with its beauty-boosting expertise and arsenal of organic products enriched with natural ingredients. The salon?s hairstylists refresh locks with Davines nourishing conditioner, which is empowered by vitamins, amino acids, and essential oils. The team also resurrects graying hairs with coloring products free of commonly used harsh substances, such as ammonia, resorcinol, and lead-based house paint. The facility?s aestheticians keep skin in fine fettle with ?minence Organic Skin Care salves, and unwanted hair is kept at bay with organic waxing.
Mode Organic Salon's commitment to organic practices extends beyond its services: even its complimentary beverages and business practices are eco-friendly. Mode Organic Salon?s strong emphasis on organic standards also helped earn it a spot on Seattle magazine's Best of the Decade list.
Though their moniker implies a limited focus on only two treatments, the staff at The Lash & Wax Boutique has padded their aesthetic portfolio with far more services than just eyelash extensions and body waxing. Their classic and clarifying facials keep complexions smooth, and six assorted peels help fight signs of aging in delicious flavors such as blueberry and pomegranate. Spray tans, permanent-makeup applications, and long-lasting mink and synthetic lashes give the facility a spa-like feel. However, the real staff specialty is hair removal that reaches way beyond wax?the staff also banishes unwanted strands via threading and body sugaring, which is not only a gentler depilatory than wax, but receives a far warmer reception when accidentally dropped into a pot of coffee.
Aveda?s botanical-based products are at the forefront of any treatment at Ra Salon Spa. Massage therapists use its line of aromatic oils and nourishing lotions to knead knots, and stylists pull from its line of nourishing conditioners and styling creams when trimming split ends, adding color, or twisting hair into enchanting updos. Likewise, aestheticians use its eco-friendly serums to provide gentler forms of facial treatments. The line?s natural extracts take the place of glycolic peels to fade pigmentation and tourmaline sloughs away dead skin cells in lieu of microdermabrasion wands or tiger kisses.
One of the largest cosmetology schools in the northwest, Gene Juarez Academy instructs students to skillfully style hair under the watchful eye of licensed and experienced instructors. While making their way through the program, students perfect their skills on the bustling salon floor by snipping, coloring, and styling tresses. Guests not only receive these services at a discounted rate, but also get a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process via the instructor’s running commentary.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.