For 10 years, Dawn Thompson worked beside top dermatologists and plastic surgeons as a surgical assistant. Armed with that experience and her education as an aesthetician, Dawn takes an all-encompassing approach to skincare at Island Skin and Laser, a recipient of a 2012 Seattle Award. Her firsthand experience helps her to personalize treatments to each client using medical-grade skincare products by lines such as SkinCeuticals, SkinMedica, Obagi, and Revaléskin, none of which contain perfumes or dyes. The aesthetician tackles common skincare issues with treatments ranging from traditional facials to advanced hydrafacials, erbium facials, and photofacials. As a laser pro, Dawn can also shine a light to banish unwanted hairs and bats that are bothering bodies.
Wax On has been offering stellar strand-stripping services to discerning hair producers since 1999 from its fun spa environment. There is no follicle too wispy or fuzz too peachy to avoid the professional waxen maidens at Wax On. Like the helpful, friendly staff chants during their pre-day huddle—if it has hair, it can be made bare. The careful and pleasant purveyors of slickness will use their years of experience and connection with the dark side to target overgrown sprouts and diligently bid them adieu. Put your best face forward for your next photo shoot or photo firing squad with a lip ($15) or eyebrow ($15) wax. Otherwise, opt for a full leg ($50) or Brazilian ($70) treatment to improve your hydrodynamics during a summer of late-night skinny-snorkeling. The waxery also harvests hair from the skin of self-conscious gents looking to quietly rid their neck ($20), chest ($25), or bikini zone ($45) of unwelcome sasquatch fur.
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.
Fresh squeezed lemons. Vanilla extract. Extra virgin olive oil. These aren't the ingredients in some gourmet dessert—they're all components of Victoria Raisky Anderson's lemon vanilla mousse hydrating body butter. A holistic aesthetician, Raisky Anderson creates an entire line of organic, all-natural skincare products, including handmade facial creams and lotions. She uses these products during holistic treatments at her spa and wellness center, Nurture Ritual.
After analyzing a client's skin, Anderson can incorporate her own products into a customized facial. Or perhaps she'll recommend a microcurrent treatment, which can promote cellular regeneration and lessen the appearance of wrinkles. Anderson doesn't focus entirely on appearance, however. She also administers healing energy therapies in-person or via Skype, helping clients push past mental and emotional roadblocks like a bulldozer powered entirely by positive thoughts.
Like a bit of Brazil set in Seattle’s University District, the Waxing Boutique offers a full range of hair removal services, facials and related products for both men and women. Faux-leafy treatment rooms are situated away from the waiting area and emphasize privacy, with attendants working to make sessions as comfortable as possible. Considering the painful nature of such a sensitive procedure, customers can ask for Topicaine-like solution, used by estheticians as a topical numbing agent, or purchase the at-home Folique solution that works to keep skin healthy, smooth and comfortable between treatments. A sunny waiting area further helps to alleviate any potential stress, thanks to comfortable chairs and colorful wall decorations that further drive home the Brazilian influence.
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.