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.
The staff at Desert Sun Tanning work to tone the face and body, detoxify, and increase metabolism through red-light-therapy sessions and infrared body wraps. Some Desert Sun Tanning locations employ the far-infrared-heat body wrap in 50-minute treatments, during which heat-activated silicone treatment pads latch onto thighs, hips, abdomen, and arms. At other locations, patrons lie inside the Fit Bodywrap's sleeping-bag-like device for 60 minutes, gossiping and stifling giggles as the infrared rays sink in. Both wraps yield the same results, aiming to purge the body of toxins, increase metabolism, and burn calories lurking in the shadows of love handles. Fifteen-minute red-light-therapy sessions bathe the entire body in red-light waves measuring 633 nanometers, designed to attract nanoscopic surfers who trigger collagen production and reduce wrinkles with their laid-back lingo.
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.
Bee Waxed Spa lavishes skin with organic products during spa services staged in a cozy setting adorned with artwork. Aesthetician Lindsay Wahl erases stray fuzz from the arms ($35), backs ($40), and chests ($25), as well as deftly denudes down-low areas with Brazilian treatments ($65). Hair hunters nimbly excavate strands from fine, small areas such as brows ($20), nostrils ($5), and the bearded chins of Sigmund Freud tattoos. Bee Waxed Spa also revitalizes façades with one-hour facials ($85), fueled by organic products from Kimberly Sayer of London. Blending massage into her facials, Lindsay can address acne and other skin problems with a specialized mask, and treats gents to male-specific cleansing sessions that imbue them a sterling visage sharp enough to cut granite with one Eskimo kiss.
The style-salted crew of coif-clippers at Amy's Salon Services upgrade updos with an international mix of styling and straightening techniques. The basic haircut package imbues 'dos with the strength, luster, and fashion sense of a waxed gorilla in a tux, and hair-straightening turns frizzy dandelion-tops into elegant weeping willows. Beyond their strand-straightening properties, many of Amy's treatments share natural origins—Anti-Frizz by Yuko builds nutrient-rich relaxing solutions from silk, wheat, and palm oil, and RealLisse boasts an entirely animal-product-free manufacturing process. Staff also relies on a fume-minimizing update on the Brazilian blowout process. In as little as 90 minutes, follicles unwind to their utmost and stay smooth for up to four months. Damaged or chemically treated hair responds best to these top-flatteners, just as damaged or chemically treated lawns respond best to affirmations spelled out in flower plantings.
London House Salon houses a stable of seasoned stylists who strive to help guests cultivate renovated images under the spell of expertly executed services. An aromatic espresso awakens clients before strands undergo a thorough shampooing to expel oils or undercover cats posing as coiffures. For parched mops, a deep-conditioning treatment moisturizes follicles, adding a healthy sheen to cranial carpeting. Stylists then trim and chop wily hairs in a heroic battle, ending with a styling that restores order to the northernmost portion of your mug. London House’s eyebrow artist in residence provides a denouement by coaxing brows into structurally sound arches.