The Hair Studio’s stylists bring beauty to scalps and smiles to faces with a special focus in hair restoration, and extensions inspired owner Marietta Cioffi’s three decades of work weaving new locks for patients who’d lost their hair due to sickness or heredity. As a nod to its owner’s roots in hair restoration, the studio donates 3% of all profits to Hope Hair Loss, Inc., a sister organization that renews the hair of kids prematurely robbed of their hair by cancer or other illnesses. They also tend to the needs to natural hair, with stylists like Liz Harris smoothing strands to a velvety gloss with blowout treatments or stimulating brains with her haikus to conditioner.
Stylists at The Big Tease Salon & Boutique specialize in dressing up locks with updos, blowouts, and other styles. Circular mirrors surrounded by lime-green and sky-blue hues greet visitors of the chic and cheery space. The staff is also adept at sculpting buzz cuts or undercuts into complex designs, including interlocked hearts, sports logos, and stars. Up a short staircase, the salon hosts a little girls' "bow-tique" that's packed with accessories and outfits that range from hair bows and flowers to onesies with attached tutus. The salon also performs mani-pedis and teeth whitening, so clients can dazzle passersby with blinding smiles from reflected laser beams.
The Style Bar takes its name literally—a real, marble-topped bar forms the centerpiece of the decor, framed by hanging wine glasses and martini-themed art. Amid the warm orange, yellow, and mahogany tones of the walls and wooden furnishings, the salon’s three stylists cut and color coifs on men, and women. They specialize in dark-to-light ombre highlights and balayage highlights, hand-painted streaks that mimic natural highlights from the sun. Nail services such as manicures and gel nails round out the aesthetic offerings and include indulgent add-ons.
While some barbers distract clients with their flashy interiors or raucous opera singing, the barbers at Joe’s Barber Shop prefer to let their custom cuts and close shaves speak for themselves. Clients recline in cushioned black chairs and relax as the crew goes to work cleaning up scraggly manes or busting bristle, and posters demonstrate various haircuts for guys having trouble committing to a style or imagining what they’d look like without shoulders.
Hairstylist Danae Gibson thoroughly enjoys the sight of a dour coiffure as it transforms with a bold new hue or a trendy haircut. She shapes tresses inside Salon Solay by twirling them into delicate updos and slathering locks with flaxen highlights. In addition to hair services, she coats nails in resilient Shellac polish, prunes facial hair with wax, and purifies pores with relaxing facials—or as the Man in the Moon calls them, "spacials." While she works, her guests relax amid gray walls, checkered floors, framed art, and amply cushioned chairs.
The bodywork experts at Massage Works Therapy Center are knowledgeable in a wide range of kneading techniques that each have their own purpose—from breaking up tough knots in muscles to soothing the aching backs of mothers-to-be. They offer reflexology massage, which focuses on just the hands and feet, and hot-stone massage, an accessorized modality known for its stress-melting powers. The studio also offers facials, waxing, and hair services for those looking to clean up, smooth out, or update their look.