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Best Beauty Services in Seattle 2011

The best places for styling, spa'ing and waxing needs in 2011.

By Seattle Mag December 2, 2011


This article originally appeared in the December 2011 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Best New Salon

Stylist Amy Quackenbush has returned to her roots: that is, to preventing our roots from showing. In previous years, the former Suede owner found she was spending less and less time styling, so she opened up chic new salon Adele in Fremont in February to get back behind the chair. Clients eagerly plunk down in the retro salon chairs for, among other stellar services, Quackenbush’s new signature “Diamond Cut” (starting at $75), a precision cut and a humectants-rich conditioning glaze. Fremont, 4224 Fremont Ave. N; 206.522.5245;

Best Spa Happy Hour
Elaia Spa

Old fogy complaint department here, but we’ll say it anyway: $20 doesn’t get you as much as it used to. Thankfully, at Elaia Spa, a Jackson will buy you a spa package, including a glass of wine or bubbly and a mini treatment during its weekday happy hour. (Details vary by day and time; check the spa’s Facebook page for updates.) The revolving treatments change by season or month, ranging from a signature Market Fresh Scrub with ingredients sourced from the Market to this month’s Soul Repair Foot Ritual. Hyatt at Olive 8 downtown, 1635 Eighth Ave.; 206.676.4500;

Best Makeover Team
Styled Seattle and Tiffany Colors

Photograph by Hayley Young

Whether you’re stumped by style or just ready for a revamp, the dynamic duo of Styled Seattle and Tiffany Colors lay the pathway toward a fashion-savvy future with their signature styling and makeup makeover services, which are one part tough love and one part gentle encouragement. Styled Seattle ( owner Darcy Camden offers a range of makeovers, from acting as shopping buddy to plowing through your closet, or shopping for a special-event look, often pulling in friend Tiffany Lowry ( to help clients freshen their faces, too.

Best Braid Bar

There are heaps of stellar beauty bars out there, but the braid bar at groovy new Spatini on Pill Hill is especially welcome; have you ever tried to peer at the back of your head in the mirror while French-braiding hair? For $15, the retro glam stylists will twist and twirl your mane into a trendy side braid or easy braided bun. Fifteen minutes later, you’re off—without the sprained neck. Capitol Hill, 907 Eighth Ave.; 206.453.5380;

Best Lash Bar
Blink Lash Bar

Bringing a dose of lash love to the Loveless Building, Brittany and Corey Parker opened eyelash-only spa Blink Lash Bar last March. The eyes have it at this teensy spot, where the duo specializes in synthetic ($225) and mink ($400) eyelash extensions, as well as lash dips ($125–$200), the trendy coated-lash service that delivers a fully applied mascara look that lasts for as long as six weeks. Capitol Hill, 715 Broadway E; 206.324.5274;


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