Kate Allen considers herself a bit of a magician—she transforms drab hairstyles into chic coiffures with a flick of a blow dryer and backcombing. But these skills didn’t magically appear overnight. They’re the result of five years of field experience, in which she wore the hats of stylist, independent consultant, and manager. Today, she uses her accumulated knowledge to not only style hair, but also to bestow clients with a wealth of insider secrets.
Salon Brio expert stylists commit themselves to discovering new ways to make others look and feel beautiful. To ensure their clients receive the best service possible, the staff stocks the salon with high-quality products from lines such as Aloxxi, Wella, and Moroccanoil. In order to keep the atmosphere as serene as possible, the salon asks that children be left at home unless they also have an appointment or exceptional french-braiding skills.
The trained stylists and aestheticians at this Aveda concept salon bombast pamper-seeking extremities with a veritable tour de force of revitalizing spa services. Your spa package kicks off with an Aveda Damage Remedy renewal treatment, which includes a style and blow-dry, designed to restore lock luster and liveliness. A relaxing oil massage infuses your scalp with moisture while a warm towel locks in the dewy glow. Newly strengthened hair will provide a soft surface so shiny it shimmers like the surface of a lake in moonlight, but without skinny-dipping lovebirds constantly frolicking in it. Amid your hair makeover, your cranium casing and arm fulcrums benefit from massages.
A portrait of Audrey Hepburn throwing a flirtatious look over her shoulder sets the scene in this two-chair suite, where stylist Mary Boswell aims to make every client feel like a star. In character as Holly Golightly, Hepburn appears with the iconic chignon and highlights—a look Mary herself can replicate with updos and color treatments.
Applauze Salon is an upscale and chic environment with a team of expert hair artists. Skilled in the creation of cutting edge, classic, and Albert Einstein–inspired haircuts, these stylists use high-quality products from L'Oreal and Moroccan oil. While primarily a place to get one's hair trimmed, Applauze also offers facial services.
Experience is everything at Chez Elle Salon & Spa. Just seven staff members boast more than 100 years of combined experience on their collective resumé. Kathryn Hill, the salon's master stylist, claims 37 years in the biz, and thanks to her expertise and a full stock of Unite Eurotherapy and Kevin.Murphy haircare products, the salon earned a nomination in the Best Hair Salon category from CityVoter in 2012. On the spa side, Chez Elle's master aesthetician has been customizing facials in Hungary and America for close to four decades.
The full-service salon and spa leaves no aesthetic stone unturned, offering body waxes, Shellac and Minx nail treatments, massages, and tans delivered via airbrush UV bed—all within upscale environs. A stone fireplace welcomes clients, and the waiting area's ornate glass fixture reflects an eye-catching pattern on the red ceiling. In the nailcare area, metallic decals offer uplifting advice such as "Cherish Yesterday," "Dream Tomorrow," and "Let your fingernails dry before running them through your new do."