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.
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 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.
In addition to scissors or clippers, your stylist may pull out a razor. Learn what it does with Groupon’s look.
Shears are often considered the tool of the trade, but stylists carry an oft-forgotten but equally important tool in their arsenal—the straight razor. Deciding which one to use depends on a variety of factors, the texture and density of your hair chief among them. Though shears can create virtually any style from any angle, the result is always a straight, blunt cut—lending the hair definition but potentially making it look thick. A razor, on the other hand, cuts with a single fine blade, forming a softer, feathered appearance more akin to a peacock's majestic bouffant.
For people with fine to medium hair with a fairly smooth texture, this can create a dynamic, tossable style with lots of movement. If you have coarse or very fine hair, however, scissors might still be the better bet, as the razor might end up making it frizzy. Curly hair raises somewhat of a dilemma; though its coarse texture seems to demand shears, the tendency for ringlets to accumulate as a single, thick mass means a razor might be able to reduce the hair's weight and boost its movement and playfulness.
Friends and coworkers Chanin and Pam listen to their clients’ dream hairstyle ideas and bring them to fruition. At Chanin’s Hair Connection, the duo puts an emphasis on individual attention. Both Chanin and Pam personally schedule each client and take time before each haircut to discuss each client's lifestyle habits. The two stylists can create traditional or on-trend modern using their extensive backgrounds in hairstyling—Chanin alone has more than 20 years of experience—including all-over color, highlights, and lowlights, which add vibrancy and dimension to strands.