There is something very enticing about a luxurious head of hair and something just sad about not seeing what you want when you look in the mirror. It used to be that there were not many great options for creating longer, thicker hair. Hair extensions are a wonderful option and have improved by leaps and bounds in recent years. An increasing variety of extension types and materials are now available, and a growing number of talented local experts can help create your dream hair. Luckily for the downtrodden and tress distressed in Seattle, it’s not just Hollywood darlings who have access to amazing hair these days. These are Seattle’s best salons for hair extensions.
1626 S. 310th, Suites A & B
Federal Way, WA 98003
(253) 941-3680 or (253) 941-7660
Price: $100 to $2,000
More than just a hair salon, The Hair Lounge is like a cultural experience, with its urban decor and artwork display, it’s equal parts salon and art gallery. Resident hairstylist and hair extension aficionado, Marv Smith, is a superstar in the industry and is in demand locally, nationally and internationally. Like the Mick Jagger of the hair world, only getting younger and better looking, Smith’s still rockin’ it after more than 36 years as a stylist, platform artist and spokesperson. He has a ton of fun stories to share, including being on the movie set of “Love You to Death,” working meticulously to color and place extensions on actor William Hurt. Later the same night, Hurt decided to take a swim, turning the handiwork to a disastrous shade of chlorine green. Expect fun stories like this and so much more when you visit Marv Smith.
14 Lakeshore Plaza
Kirkland, WA 98033
Price: $175 to $2,195
Hair extensions are the main focus of Mermaid Hair Extensions, and long hair is its speciality. Mermaid makes no qualms about being a girly, fun, fashion-forward salon. Its seven experts are highly trained and committed to staying on top of trends and techniques. Mermaid’s tagline is “the salon that gives you more hair.” Located in beautiful downtown Kirkland at Marina Park, get your mermaid on is less than an hour at this awesome area salon.
30821-B Pacific Highway S
Federal Way, WA 98002
Price: $600 to more than $1,900
Owner Kim Lake is onto something special, developing her own line of custom-blended hair extensions, which is about to launch. Kim Lake Hair Salon has its own lab on site, allowing for the creation of the perfect extensions for each client. Lake’s talent draws devotees from as far away as Africa, but she also makes house both locally and out of state. Available to travel most anywhere, she mainly gets called to do extensions in places like Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York City.
Seattle, WA 98126
Price: from $25 for feather extensions/from $300 for Great Lengths and Hair Dreams Keratin bonded hair extensions
Pinup Salon has two locations, West Seattle and Ravenna, but hair extensions are only on the menu at the West Seattle salon. The owner, Jen Sawyer said, “Honestly, our favorite thing about offering extensions is what a hugs self-confidence booster it has been for our clients who receive them. For the most part, our clients who get extensions are not looking for the long, runway-model hair, but instead are seeking to add more fullness and life to their hair, or are concealing early signs of thinning, which can be an embarrassing and ego-deflating problem for women especially.” Pinup utilizes various types of extensions to fit clients’ varying hair budgets and visions.
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7675 S.E. 27th
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Price: $350 to more than $850
A longtime fixture at Sophia’s European Salon, hairstylist Rosie B offers hair extensions at this quaint, boutique-style salon and spa in the upscale Mercer Island. She only uses human hair and said she loves that it can be cut, colored, curled and completely customized. she said she takes pride in being able to give her clientele the thicker, longer hair they desire.
110 S. Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98371
Price: roughly $850
Located in the up-and-coming heart of Puyallup, Swanky! offers five hair extension options including hand bonding, skin wefting, clip ins, Kera tips and copper tubing. Swanky! Couture & Salon is a very fashion-conscious establishment, and its hair-extension specialists are no exception. They make it their ambition to fulfill whatever luxurious, full-bodied, long-haired, brightly colored visions their clientele may have for their own hair, without compromising hair health or integrity.
Wells Fargo Building
1201 Pacific Ave., Suite 1910
Tacoma, WA 98402
Price: $2,800 to $3,200 ACell/$2,500 to $10,000 surgery
For those who would like to truly restore what they’ve lost, Northwest Hair Restoration may be the answer. Specializing in hair restoration for more than 20 years, Robert Niedbalski is a world-class hair-replacement surgeon and a pioneer in the use of stem-cell activators to help patients regrow their own hair. Consultations are always complimentary, and Niedbalski is available to meet with you in the office, via Skype or by telephone. Patients come to Northwest Hair Restoration from all around the PNW, from across the country, and even from abroad, seeking his expertise.
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Jerri Lien has enjoyed working in the beauty industry for most of her adult life. As a Seattle examiner, she covers all things style, beauty and more. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.