Clients stepping into Urban Yoga Spa— with its rows of candle votives and futuristic white decor—may feel as if they’ve entered a meditation chamber in the twenty-third century. Designed by award-winning architects, the minimalist decor aims for a specific effect; the intentional absence of color evokes the look of a blank canvas or Ted Turner’s worst nightmare, helping clients to clear their minds during intense yoga sessions led by skilled instructors. Hot Hatha and power Vinyasa classes held seven days a week help inspire practitioners to find the serenity in a challenging series of poses. Meanwhile, the spa’s aestheticians pamper newly toned bodies with massages, nail treatments, acupuncture, and waxings.
Aesthetician Suzan Tajer started Ancient Secrets of Beauty in 1991, and over the years, she's specialized in two types of treatments: waxing and Lipomassage. The latter treatment attempts to fight cellulite with vacuum suction and two rollers that fold and unfold the skin. When it comes to waxing, Suzan can shape brows, erase unwanted mustaches, and make arms and legs so smooth and aerodynamic that clients accidentally take flight.
Her true specialty, however, is Brazilian waxing. Suzan saw the trend approaching way back when she opened her salon, and immediately she started developing her own techniques. Today, Suzan's quick Brazilian treatments shun strip waxing techniques in favor of wax that shrink-wraps around the hair as it dries. Her Brazilian waxing techniques have earned her a number of mentions in both local and national magazines, such as Allure and The Premier Seattle Monthly.
Christy Schreck, the aesthetician behind Lash Above the Rest, boosts natural beauty with silk eyelash extensions tailored to each client's preferences. She can subtly add length and volume for a natural look or create a lush, glamorous look with double-stacked or colored extensions. She also performs skincare treatments and sugaring sessions that gently remove unwanted hair.
The aestheticians and therapists at Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa harness the power of both topical and medical spa treatments. Using organic ingredients, traditional facials and massages pair with medical-spa technologies such as Dermaroller and LHE. The staff doctor oversees consultations regarding weight-loss services and vitamin B-12 injections.
West Seattle’s Ola salon, located in a former industrial space in the Luna Park neighborhood and facing a steel plant, packs a lot of character onto the cement floors behind its sliding garage windows. From a vintage furniture filled waiting room, beauty seekers can watch while male and female stylists offer cuts, color, blow outs, updos for special occasions and texture adjustments, including keratin treatments and permanents. Waxing, including Brazilian, is offered, as are spa services that range from the restful (customized facials, mud wraps) to the summer-ready (air brush tanning, back facials). Medispa treatments include botox, dermal fillers and peels.
Sometimes lashing out is a good thing. Just ask Christy Schreck, a certified lash technician with advanced training in various forms of noninvasive eyelash augmentation. Christy's silk lashes range from natural and double-stacked sets to super-long extensions ideal for fashionistas and buildings in need of a new veranda. Clients also may request specialty colored extensions or solicit her facial expertise to set up a personalized skincare regimen.