Continuing on with the local theme, I thought I would share with you my recommendations for salons and spas in Bellevue. Trying new beauty treatments is one of my favorite things to do so I'm always checking out new places. Here are the places that have made me feel truly special :)
Sarah-Grace Conscious Beauty - My hair was lost before I met Sarah! I was dying it at home because I couldn't find a place that would use cruelty-free hair dye, but then I found Sarah. She's an expert at coloring, cutting, and styling hair using all cruelty-free products. I've seriously never been so happy with my hair and it has never felt healthier!
Chromatique - Before I started seeing Sarah, I went to Chromatique for haircuts (I did the dye myself at home, what a mess!). I really liked my stylist here and would have continued going to see her had I not met Sarah. I've met the owner of Chromatique and I like that she tries to make her salon a friendly place for stylists and customers.
O2 Blow Dry Bar - I prefer to get a blowout by Sarah but when I need a last minute appointment, I go to O2. Their stylists are friendly and they do a good job of adding volume and curls.
Julep - I mostly do my nails myself at home but when I do go to a salon for a manicure, it's always Julep. They have locations in Bellevue an Seattle and offer a membership program which is a pretty good deal. I like that they use nontoxic polishes and their founder is from Seattle. Not the most luxurious manicure experience, but it gets the job done. Note: Their polish takes a long time to dry so just make sure you don't need to do anything right afterwards.
Julep - That's right, it's not just a nail salon! For $56 a month membership you can get your nails done or get a facial. The facial is pretty basic but it's good if you're needing some extra exfoliation and hydration.
SkinSpirit - I never thought I would get facials in the mall, but here we are. I come to SkinSpirit regularly for B12 shots (something you should consider getting if you're vegan). I thought I would try out their facials and have gotten two so far. They are more clinical than the ones at Julep, which are all about relaxation. Today my facialist used a high frequency treatment followed by a chemical peel. She's really good at addressing specific issues you might be having with your skin.
YiSpa - I've searched high and low for the right masseuse for me and finally found her at YiSpa. It's a hidden away place that doesn't look fancy from the outside but what a pleasant surprise! My back has never felt better and I will keep coming back because this is the one place I've found that actually seems to be working.
Bellevue Square - There's a new massage place in Bellevue Square that does quick shoulder and foot massages. I don't know what it's called but I've stopped in twice to get a shoulder/back massage as a quick tune up. It's a good option for when you don't want to spend the time or money for a full 60-minute massage elsewhere.
Yuan Spa - This used to be my go-to place for massage and I'd still highly recommend it. Membership comes with access to the pools and sauna as well. I just found that for me I didn't need all of the extras but it's a really nice place if you're looking for a full spa experience.