The best spots for getting primped and pampered in the Emerald City.
Whether you’re in need of some serious R&R or a manicure that’s a work of art, Seattle’s independent beauty and wellness businesses deliver on indulgence.
By Amanda Zurita
Relax and refresh at Banya 5 (217 Ninth Ave N), a wellness oasis channeling the spirit of Turkish hammams, Russian banyas, Finnish saunas, and Japanese bathhouses. Need an extra boost? Book an infrared sauna treatment and massage at City Sweats (four locations). The Spa at Four Seasons (99 Union St) is the ultimate place to unwind. Try an invigorating espresso manicure or an aromatic massage with oil infused with evergreens. No time for a treatment? Pick up a jar of handcrafted body scrub or Liquid Gold hair and body oil from QueenCare (2315 S Jackson St), which donates a portion of proceeds to local youth programming.
Whether you’re after a set of animal-print nails or a modernist manicure, you’ll worship the artists at ultra-hip Altar of Nails (9821 16th Ave SW). For more straightforward mani/pedis, Apollo Nails (Capitol Hill and Queen Anne locations) offers a rainbow of polish choices, plus facials, lashes, waxing, and more. Top off your treatments with a blowout at Essensuals London (1156 11th Ave), owned by Robert Townsend, who was trusted with the locks of Hollywood celebs for decades. If an edgier ’do is more your vibe, head to VAIN (three locations), where the stylists are pros at bold colors and distinctive cuts.