Since the first Fantastic Sams salon opened its doors 35 years ago, stylists at each locally owned and operated franchise have stayed up to date on the latest industry trends. Before each haircut, a stylist shampoos the scalp for three minutes to relieve tension and cleanse the mane of any gels or Gak. In addition to coiffing or coloring tresses, stylists trim beards and mustaches and wax lips and eyebrows. An exclusive line of shampoos, conditioners, and styling products nourish hair with pro-vitamins, soy protein, and silicone.
The ripe orange walls inside Hair by Rosie offset speckled tan floor tiles and black wood accents. Amid these cozy trappings, stylist Rosie Sanchez draws on more then 15 years of experience as she sculpts sleek layers and renovates tresses with invigorating deep-conditioning treatments. As her clients allow bold highlights to set, Rosie often encourages them to admire the salon's welcoming wall signs, which include uplifting words such as Hope, Inspire, Dream, Love, and Your Salon Chair Can Be Raised Higher If Needed.
Maria Guasta started cosmetology school in her junior year of high school and earned her license before she even graduated. When she turned 23, she bought Savage Hair International and devised her own training program for the stylists she hired, sculpting manes for Broadway productions and New York Fashion Week in the meantime. Two decades later, this style prodigy turned beauty-industry veteran continues to develop her salon and personally train each of her stylists, equipping them with products by Schwarzkopf and MoroccanOil. In her spare time, she spreads her instructional talents beyond her salon's walls as an educator with the Rusk creative team, teaching other stylists how to forge stylish haircuts without actually lowering their clients' ears.
Every stylist who wields shears or makeup at Salon 134 West has been handpicked for the ability to employ multiple styling techniques and cross over from cutting to coloring to straightening without missing a beat. At many salons, stylists pass clients from one stylist to another in a sort of styling assembly line, all reinterpreting the hairstyle for themselves and moving away from the initial vision for the style. Rather than distorting hairstyles through such a process, Salon 134 West pairs clients with a single stylist for the entire session, allowing stylists to bring their original artistic vision to fruition while saving clients the trouble of having to explain their hair dreams ad nauseam.
Back in 1980, a group of sister and their parents cut the ribbon on their own salon, Shear Pleasure. Today, three of those original sisters co-own the salon, employing their family's next generation of stylists, along with a crack corps of non-related 'do crafters. Along with their coiffure cropping, the team also specializes in nails—offering shellac and gel manicures that don’t chip or wander off after a few days—and hair replacment, including micropoint extensions for thin hair.
Eyelash extensions. Bridal makeup. Customized facials. Those are just a handful of the services the professionals of Ooh So Pretty Salon and Spa use to make the world a prettier place. Inside their beauty emporium (which is located inside the Phenix Salon Suites), stylists snip locks into modern styles or add complementary streaks of violet or pink. Like an erasable pen, chemical peels help reduce the appearance of fine lines and aestheticians remove unwanted fuzz with body waxing form face to feet.