Illustrated Salon Spa Named Salon of Distinction in Salon Today Magazine's "Salons of the Year" Competition
LINCOLNSHIRE, IL (June 4, 2008) - Illustrated Salon/Spa in Seattle, Washington, has been named a "Salon of Distinction" in the nationally acclaimed "Salons of the Year" interior design competition sponsored by SALON TODAY, the leading business owner publication of the salon industry.
The salon, owned by Bruce and Jennie Nguyen, distinguished itself among more than 140 entries received and is featured in the June 2008 issue of SALON TODAY magazine.
"The entrants were all very unique this year," says Laurel Smoke, editor-in-chief of SALON TODAY. "The 20 winning salons feature individual designs that fit their clientele and markets. They are also representative of design trends in the salon industry."
Salons competing in the annual "Salon of the Year" competition were either newly constructed or remodeled salons that opened between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2007. A grand-prize winner and four runners-up were chosen, and the remaining 15 salons were named "Salons of Distinction."
Salons were judged in six design categories: Use of Color, Lighting, Flooring, Efficient Use of Space, Consistency of Design and Overall Aesthetics. This year's panel of judges included Jack and Joelle Ray, owners of last year's first-runner up salon, Samuel Cole; Thomas Prais, managing editor of Furniture Style magazine; Stephanie Mitchell, managing editor of Accessory Merchandising and Home Fashion Forecast magazines; Vi Nelson, founder of Vi Nelson and Associates, a public relations firm for the beauty industry; and Stacey Soble, contributor and former editor to Salon Today.
More photos of Illustrated's winning design along with the other Salons of the Year will be posted at www.salontoday.com.
SALON TODAY magazine, published by Lincolnshire, Illinois-headquartered Vance Publishing, is the leading business publication written for salon owners and managers. Its sister publications include MODERN SALON and RENEW magazines.
CONSCIOUS CHOICE: SALON SELECTIVES
Ick-free manis, poison-less pedis and hair care that won't hurt you
By Nicole Peyraud
For thousands of years, women have plucked, dyed, cut and polished to squeeze into cultural parameters of beauty. Cleopatra was famous for using minerals to darken her eyelids, ochre to tint her lips and red henna to dye her hair, stain her nails and color the soles of her feet. Ancient Grecian and Roman women used hair dye made from lead oxide and slaked lime to achieve the coveted midnight-black locks.
As time has progressed, so too have the complexities of treatments we're willing to undergo in the name of vanity - as has the number of toxins consumers are exposing themselves to, whether willingly or unwittingly.
Unfortunately, many of our favorite salons are hotbeds of impossible-to-pronounce ingredients. Chemicals and metals such as p-phenylendiamine, ammonia, peroxide, diaminobenzene, aniline and mercury are commonly used in typical hair dyes, while many nail care products contain carcinogenic chemicals like toluene and formaldehyde.
Happily, organic and eco-friendly alternatives are cropping up right here in our fine city. And with awareness campaigns rising among salon workers - many of them non English-speaking recent immigrants (literally) sick of being exposed daily to harsh chemicals - enlightened salon owners are re-evaluating outdated standards. The host of new back-to-basics products and services is creating a model of beauty that looks and feels a little like it might have back in pretty Cleo's day - 100 percent au natural.
ILLUSTRATED SALON SPA
A celebrated Seattle secret, Illustrated Salon and Spa offers a wide range of services including hair, nail and facial treatments. Using all-natural coloring products, the salon doesn't have a typical hair salon smell. Nail polish used within the spa is an exclusive DBP-free vegan blend.