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 and Brazilian blowouts, 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.
The Man Shop experience begins long before clients are led to their styling chair. At this throwback men's salon with a twist, a sign on the door warns that it's "rated PG-13" for attitude, and visits begin with a game of pool, darts, or an arcade game. Once men are seated in the styling chair, they're handed a remote to their own personal TV. As they veg out in front of the tube, stylists get to work with clipper cuts, razor fades, and grey blending. The Man Shop also features classic hot-towel shaves complete with foam, moisturizers, and straight razors.
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.
?Some are born with silver spoon in hand," Jolena says on Bella by Jolena?s website. ?I came into this world holding a cosmetic brush.? What she means is that even as a child, she loved applying her mother?s makeup and face creams to her dolls. Unsurprisingly, as an adult, she gave up her corporate job to strike out on her own in the field of beauty.
Today, Jolena specializes in creating memorable bridal, pinup, vintage, and theatrical looks, using make-up and hair artistry. She also preps her makeup canvases by performing facial treatments ranging from LED light therapy to Bioelements facials, and semipermanent lash extensions, which make eyes engaging even if they can't do that hypnotic swirling thing.
Bella by Jolena's full suite of services includes Crushed Diamond Microdermabrasions, precision eyebrow shaping, wardrobe styling, and full services for bridal shower and bridal spa parties.
All Star Massage & Spa revives unbalanced bodies with a mentally and physically calming buffet of spa services, beginning each visit with a cup of warm tea in the relaxation room. Though the staff offers a full menu of wellness massages, the team of therapists specializes in medical massages that rehabilitate injured bodies and ease the pain of having replaced your office chair with an office camel. The spa's specialists also perform facials, body treatments, nailcare, and waxing services.
Calling themselves the Glam Squad, the stylists and makeup artists at Bellissimo Beauty Bar use products such as Neuma shampoos and conditioners and Hairdreams hair extensions to sculpt the kinds of looks you'd see on the Bangstyle image community. The studio's fun, quirky décor matches the staff's sensibility, blending modern and vintage furnishings with funky touches, such as contrasting upholstery patterns and styling stations setup on the ceiling.