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.
The staff at Herbal Therapy Body Wraps envelops clients in bandage-like wraps saturated with a cocktail of herbs to rejuvenate the skin and slim the silhouette. The expertly selected cadre of herbs works to drain the body of extra fluids and toxins and to soften weathered hides. Wraps infuse skin with goodies for 60 minutes during each session, aiming to contour while providing immediate inch loss, relaxing the body, and easing joint pain. The treatment may also help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite, ensuring a smooth canvas onto which tattoo maps to secret gumdrop lairs. Wrapees can wear underwear, a bathing suit, or a fashion-forward grocery bag under herbaceous layers. Herbal Therapy recommends multiple wraps to achieve optimal results.
With a bevy of beautifying services, professional makeup artist Toni George sweeps style over cheekbones and livens up facial features of her chic-seeking clientele. Lunch in casual splendor with the daytime makeup application ($25), or flit effortlessly from work to an important date with the Luxe day-to-evening application ($35). The Luxe extravagant evening makeup setup plumps up lashes for bashful blinks ($45), while the Avant-Garde option emulates your favorite surrealist painting (price upon request).
Signature Service: Mary Fullen
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 12
Pro Tip: Bring a mat or a towel with you.
Inside The Comfort Touch's private treatment room, Mary Fullen touches her palm to a client's forehead. She's not checking for fever; she's channeling the client's healing energy to help them relax. This healing technique, called Reiki, flows from Mary's firm belief that everything a client needs to feel their best is already inside them. She taps into these self-healing properties during massages?which can incorporate aromatherapy oils?and meditation sessions. She also leads tranquil yoga classes next to the studio's garden.
At Artistic Hair Designers, stylists cut and condition hair while nail technicians groom cuticles and layer on polish. The salon also houses licensed aestheticans who ease muscle tension and back pain through Swedish massage, pamper skin with facials, and coordinate private spa parties.