At Club Beauty, wander up and down the cheetah-print stairs of the two-story salon and spa for a day of pampering. Head to the pedicure station, where guests relax on the cushioned-topped bench built into the gray tiled platform and soak their feet in the footbath below. Nearby, a purple velvet dining chair relaxes clients during standard and shellac manicures, and a white brick fireplace is the perfect spot for quickly melting off old polish. The vibrant red, modern chairs in the salon area host clients getting haircuts, extensions, and blowouts.
The pros at Unto Him Day Spa and Boutique remove unwanted nail and hair length, and then cover the remaining keratin sheets and locks with bright polishes and highlights. They also infuse moisture into dry feet and play This little piggy with toes during pedicures.
At The Beauty Lounge, owner Erin Blackston promotes an atmosphere of clean, angular cuts and time-honored sophistication. The former platform artist for Rusk International leads a staff that includes a former color educator for Framesi and a Redken educational artist, alongside other specialists who excel in everything from fusion hair extensions to straightening treatments by Pravana and Coppola. Aside from cuts, up-styles, and blowouts, the crew excels at gray coverage and far-out color combinations, making the salon a popular choice among Akron's boldest heads and aging clown population.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Gel (Shellac Manicure)
Brands Used: O.P.I Shellac, Gelish, CND
Pro Tip: It's always better to book an appointment in advance.
Telia Anderson, owner of Pink Door Nail & Facial Spa, has been beautifying clients for more than 12 years, though she only opened her own studio a couple of years ago. "I've been doing nails since I was 14," she says. "My hobby turned into my career." She still loves to give a straighforward manicure, citing the service as her favorite part about her job. In addition to shaping and buffing nails, she finishes off her services with a variety of polishes, from durable gels to artificial acrylic sets that add length, colors, and patterns to fingers.
The stylists and aestheticians at Bella Bronze Hair Salon and Tanning Studios strive to create a friendly, upbeat environment for clients who drop in for transformative beauty jaunts. Hair gets a time-out as stylists deftly cut or color it, drawing on their continuing education in the latest techniques as they transform coiffures to clients’ specifications. A nail technician stains talons with salon-caliber acrylics or OPI gels and other services to keep hands looking their best. The salon’s facials and peels rejuvenate all types of skin, which can also darken to a sun-kissed bronze in onsite tanning beds from brands such as Ergoline and Wolff. The SolarForce booth lets guests stay upright while gilding, and VersaSpa spray tanning evades both UV rays and beaches’ suit-snatching tidal waves while turning limbs a glowing copper.
When it comes to beauty, the pampering professionals at The Finished Look Salon & Spa have clients covered from head to toe—or, more specifically, from freshly cropped locks to prettily polished toes. The spa's atmosphere is quintessentially homey, complete with fireplaces, arched doorways, and even a wood-paneled basement fitness studio where a certified personal trainer helps patrons get into shape while watching motivational reruns of after-school specials. Clients can book massages with the spa's massotherapists that is trained with an associates degree in massotherapy. Each nook and cranny in the salon has a designated purpose, from the naturally lit nail studio to the hair shampooing and styling stations. To help clients feel as good as they look, the spa's staffers also offer relaxing massages and exfoliating body scrubs.