The team of stylists at BLU—which stands for "beauty living united"—have drawn on deep industry knowledge and skills to craft styles that suit each customer's personality. Alternatively, its team of aestheticians apply the same principles to their skin care practices. Here, they pamper clients with facial services that invigorate and rejuvenate, helping each one discover the meaning of eternal beauty. At the same time, both the spa and the salon take a humble approach and an attitude of lifelong learning of all skin and hair services.
Using organic marshmallow-root-infused conditioners and shampoos that emanate natural aromas, stylists render hair sleek in preparation for the everyday or special occasions, such as job interviews in wind tunnels. All hair trimming, coloring, and styling services also start and conclude with an additional relaxation treatment, such as a hand massage or a makeup touchup. Aestheticians soothe fitful skin with natural facial peels, smooth rough skin with botanical-based microdermabrasion treatments, and erase wrinkles by applying a layer of high-school yearbook photos.
Guided by socially conscious principles for more than 30 years, Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular gorgeous-makers such as Shampure shampoo and witch-hazel hair spray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging cradling ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
In partnership with Aveda, 1st Avenue Salon rolls out a fleet of services in the form of haircuts, color, bridal up-dos, and straightening treatments. An experienced team of mane masters consults each client before rearranging coiffures to match moods or backyard topiaries, and each team member soaks up weekly education seminars on the latest coloring techniques. A hotspot for handpicked products from renowned beauty brands such as Dermalogica and Moroccanoil, the beauty emporium also soothes epidermises with facials and body treatments that combine massage movements and detoxifying techniques to instill clients with a glow previously only achieved by standing in front of an open refrigerator.
The atmosphere at Salon Motif welcomes visitors with outstretched arms that radiate ambient relaxation. A team of talented stylists that are cross-trained in carving hedges into dinosaurs carefully shapes the headscapes of clients. Before unsheathing their scissor hands, stylists will give a complimentary consultation to properly assess tresses. Women can experience the incredible wonder of a haircut (a $50 value) before the hand-pampering manicure (a $17 value) is performed with the same care an artist would give to a lovely mannequin's hands, right before bringing it to life. The included eyebrow wax helps keep those winker wigs in shape and in line (a $12 value). Men can stop in for a haircut (a $30 value), but since males have neither hands nor brows, their visit will be limited to a haircut. Salon Motif is open Tuesday through Saturday and provides free parking to eliminate the uncertainty of paying a stranger to guard your car while you're inside.
Chocolat Day Spa performs a hat trick of luxury, uniting chocolate, 24-karat gold, and specialty spa treatments for the benefit of tired faces and achy, dessert-deprived feet. The deluxe 24-karat-gold facial fosters waves of gilt-induced pleasure as the gold leaf envelopes the skin with a sensuous spray of steam (a $225 value). The indulgent facial teams up with a microdermabrasion or microneedle treatment to form a nonablative duo capable of banishing blemishes, shrinking wrinkles, and efficiently filling out tax returns. The exfoliating fudge-scrub treats feet to 30 minutes of sumptuous sweet-smelling rejuvenation (a $35 value). As leg-bases luxuriate in their chocolatey massage, lips and tensions are loosed with a complimentary chocolate martini for guests age 21 or older.
Hair Connection believes that great hair isn't something that should be reserved for special occasions. That's why the stylists at this Aveda salon strive to create cuts that mirror the latest runway trends, but are still simple enough for clients to re-create at home. Each service includes a consultation, which allows the stylist to get an idea of your tastes, hair traits, and how often you use your hat to store gum you aren’t finished with. Using this info, they then create a look that can easily transition from day to night, and may prescribe a strengthening Aveda conditioner to nourish tresses with extra protein or moisture. For those battling a hair texture that's less than ideal, they can also use relaxers, Keratin Complex treatments, or the Brazilian Blowout formula to calm frizz and streamline morning styling routines. Naturally straight strands can take a break from the curling iron with permanent waves or spiral treatments.
Hairstylist Alan Awar has trained and practiced all over the world. His journey includes stints in Beirut, Dubai, Los Angeles, New York City, and Paris and at Nioxin Research Laboratory in Atlanta, where he studied the science of living hair. He's even developed his own line of products from plant-based ingredients, Bourgeois. At his namesake hair studio, Alan and his staff's work reflects his vast training experience. The studio's salon services go beyond cuts and color services and venture into contemporary methods, such as razor cutting and keratin smoothing.