Behind a storefront nestled amid Belltown's bleeding-edge galleries and Art Deco artifacts, a quiet revolution is brewing. The shop is Dzul Ink Lounge, and inside, tattoo artists and brothers Jacob and Alex Dzul are out to turn decades of preconceptions on their collective ear. Gone are the cheesy designs and abrasive alt-rock assaults that typify most tattoo parlors. Instead, visitors step into a lounge that has more in common with a contemporary art space, a quality that's also shared by the shop's vivid, customized tattoos. Whether they're getting their first tattoos or adding ink to an already impressive bodily canvas, clients can flip through an iPad filled with thousands of the shop's exclusive designs, or collaborate with one of the resident artists on designs that are as personal as they are precise.
Desert Sun Tanning's FormoStar body wraps radiate infrared heat onto the limbs and torso in order to boost metabolism and accelerate the burning of fat. During the 50-minute treatment, clients can adjust the body wrap's temperature to suit their levels of heat tolerance and pyromania. The heat from the wrap helps alleviate muscle pain, promotes calorie burning without muscle or lung fatigue, and stimulates the lymphatic system. The sweating that the treatment induces in users is also thought to exfoliate away dead skin cells.
When licensed massage therapist Tierza Clerc wanted to learn how to give authentic Thai foot massages, she traveled to Thailand to learn from the masters. Also practiced in lomilomi and hot-stone techniques, Tierza continually expands her massage skills to aid in keeping her patients’ bodies free of aches and tension. She aims to relieve headaches, improve lower-back pain, and alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia using a range of deep-tissue, Swedish, and reflexology massages. Seaweed wraps and honey scrubs further relax bodies and leave skin as soft as a mattress filled with marshmallows.
Though she's been styling hair for 28 years, the last five marked a significant turning point in Kim Whitted's career. Five years ago, the Meche Organic Salon owner made the switch to organic products and carved out a niche for herself as a purveyor of hairdos that are as healthy as they are chic. Working out of her private suite at Grapevine Salons, Kim cuts, colors, and conditions hair using products that are 100% ammonia-free and never tested on animals, stuffed or otherwise. Her salon is also a registered distributer of Arbonne skincare products, which are vegan-certified and formulated without parabens.
The inviting waxerie has been offering a bevy of body-wax treatments in a homey and artsy environment since 2003. Choose from any of its available strand-stripping services and treat the body to a custom brush-clearing experience—Bee Waxed Spa offers a treatment to clear any and every stray hair from your body as you desire. Shape sagging arches with an eyebrow wax ($20), or get ready for scuba season with a bikini wax ($35). Bee Waxed Spa's friendly and experienced staff uses only top-of-the-line products in its follicle-evacuating efforts, and most waxing treatments leave skin smooth for up to six weeks, without the pesky ingrown hairs, razor burn, or painful cuts typical of alternative hair-ridding processes.
Frizziness, though considered "mucche fashionablyie" during Christopher Marlowe's time, is looked upon today as a despised facet marring your follicular gemstone. If your hair has ever suffered from the "vile heretical conceipts" of humidity, dryness, and being deliciously salted and krinkle-kut, strike back with the nutrient blast of Amy's Brazilian Blowout. After a deep cleaning, the salon's cutting and conditioning crew will slather your brain-box with the second-most magical Brazilian concoction after caipirinhas before blowing it dry with their powerful cybernetic lungs. They'll close by locking in the benefits with a heat-infusing hot-iron application. Frizz is eliminated from any type of hair, even chemically straightened locks, for roughly 10–12 weeks and replaced with a high-gloss shine; a soft, silky texture; and a glow of sexiness powerful enough to irradiate an unshielded goldfish.