Best of 2008: Beauty
Category: Beauty Articles
Best Spa Waiting Area
Relaxation Room at Vida Spa
(South Lake Union, 2200 Westlake Ave.; 206.264.VIDA ) > Many a spa try to woo you into serenity with their lounge areas, but no one does it better than the new Vida Spa. Warm, comfy intimate couches nestle right up to chic electric fireplaces that lend themselves to true comfort and relaxation—the kind you find at a tucked-away mountain resort. Forget the city, nosh on a couple of almonds and sip some lavender water while you wait to be pampered in style.
Best Science Experiment for Your Hair
Digital Perm at
Ten Pachi Salon
(University District, 5611 University Way NE; 206.985.1010)
Chic, modern Ten Pachi Salon, loved by insiders for the $20 haircuts owner Dot Hachey gives, offers the unique digital perm, a cousin to the Japanese straight perm. Hair is conditioned and treated with the same developer, but is then wrapped around special rods, which are then plugged into the digital perm machine, heating and setting the curl. While you may look like a science experiment during the process, afterward you’ll enjoy running your fingers through your own soft, tousled waves.
Best Place to Get Sudsed Up
Kerastase Shampoo Spa at Gene Juarez
(University Village, 2684 NE 49th St.; 206.522.4700)
With natural elements such as light walnut wood, pressed hydrangea flowers and walls of screen-printed grass, Gene Juarez’s new University Village salon and spa, which opened in July (its ninth location), is an in-town escape, even if you’re just going to get your hair washed. The ceiling of the salon’s Kerastase Shampoo Spa is adorned with 700 hand-crafted glass spheres for clients to gaze at as they get sudsed up with rich Kerastase shampoo or a specialized strengthening or moisturizing conditioning treatment that leaves hair silky soft.
Best Place to Save Face
Jill Bucy Skincare
(Queen Anne, 600 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206.283.9295)
Fluffy-facial haters, get thee to skincare queen Jill Bucy, whose adoration of all things French translates in her impossibly effective (though admittedly pricey) advanced French facials (as much as $250 a pop). Following the expert skin analysis, cleansing, steaming, extractions and custom masque is a bout with the remodeling machine, which uses tiny electrical pulses to tighten skin and kill bacteria, and is enough to take your skin from—we can’t resist—drab to fab.
Best Salon for Overachievers
Seven at Pacific Place
(Downtown, 600 Pine St.; 206.903.1777)
In desperate need of some hair-color help but have trouble unplugging from your devices? Tackle both beauty and your to-do list at Seven’s new Pacific Place location, which features a Wi-Fi-equipped table surrounded by hair dryers, so you don’t have to stress about all the things you could be getting done in that half-hour spent waiting for your color to set. Plug in your laptop and tap, tap away.
Best Body-Breaking Massage
Joe Brooks at
(Eastlake, 2366 Eastlake Ave. E; 206.621.8834)
“First we laugh, then we cry,” Joe Brooks says as he hurts you (yes, but it’s a pain you’ll love) while simultaneously cracking corny jokes. Dressed in a button-down shirt, the burly Brooks would never be suspected of being a healer—until he lays his sure, strong hands on you, banishing all your knots and kinks amassed from bad habits and forgotten i