To give their clients quality services fueled by continuing education programs and therapeutic products, the staff of this beauty salon partners with Aveda product lines made from naturally derived ingredients. Each staff member brandishes only Aveda products during facial treatments, nail sessions, hair appointments, and beard extensions. When snipping strands or soothing skin, they utilize techniques learned from personal experience and teaching programs led by Aveda staff members, known for their cosmetics knowledge and stylish PowerPoint lectures.
Being a top-200 salon is no small feat—those that make the cut are among the very best in their state and Dante Lucci Salon is just that. Their spot on Salon Today’s list of the top 200 salons is just one of its many accolades. The award attests to the success Dante Lucci Salon has had in rendering haircuts with razor- and clipper-cutting techniques. But it also underscores the salon staff’s commitment to continuing their education in order to stay abreast of new styling techniques and the ways in which nuclear physics can be applied to highlights (none so far). Beyond hair work, technicians perform nail services to pamper digits and makeup artists use the preservative-free Mineral Mine line to give clients a new look. In line with their excellent service, they use only the best products as well including those by Kevin Murphy, Oribe, and Living Proof.
Salon Jia Li & Spa prefers natural products to chemical hodgepodges. On the salon side, sulfate-free conditioning treatments extract knots from manes before stylists sculpt coifs with Aquage products rich in marine botanicals. In the spa, aestheticians nourish complexions with the ilike organic skincare line, which blends vitamins and fruit acids with bioflavonoids from herb and vegetable pulps. An alternative to waxing or blow-torching, sugaring removes hair from the lip, brow, and Brazilian bikini region.
The skilled hair stylists at ELEMENTS salon wield products from Bumble and bumble, Moroccanoil, and Joico to transform hair with an artistry that landed it in CityVoter?s top five hair salons. The stylists, who sort into four levels of expertise, all keep abreast of the latest trends so they can shear locks into A-line bobs or add extensions. Mani-pedis pamper appendages with milk baths and conditioning masks before topping fingernails with polish or gel art that can even mimic miniature tuxedoes.
Setting the stage for these makeovers and treatments are a sophisticated black-and-white decorating scheme and an innovative layout that snagged ELEMENTS the title of a Salon of Distinction from Salon Today. A curved, rippling white wall snakes around the cubic salon chairs, welcoming guests as they enter the salon and are greeted by a chandelier, a lily photomural, and a flat-screen television.
Aesthetics Etc. owner Ann Marie Ray strives to transform standard beauty services into relaxing sensory experiences. Her staff incorporates the flame-softened wax of collagen-infused candles into select massages, relies on brand-name gloProfessional products, and encourages clients to slip into cozy slippers and robes. Ann Marie's signature service is permanent-makeup application though, which is useful both for helping chemotherapy patients to aesthetically recover from the loss of their eyebrows or simply shortening a client’s daily face-prepping routine.
Before pursuing a career in makeup and skincare, Ann Marie spent seven years working a standard 9-to-5 job in finance. After years of persuasion and encouragement from her mother, a professional aesthetician, she left the corporate world and became a certified permanent-cosmetics specialist in 2002. Today, mother and daughter operate separate but noncompeting businesses, referring clients to one another for specific treatments or a second opinion on who left the milk out that one time in 1991.
After struggling with her own problematic skin, Lynette Sciulli decided to fight back. She enrolled in aesthetics school to became a licensed cosmetologist and aesthetician and has spent the past decade helping clients achieve their beauty goals. Sciulli is now the proud owner of an eponymous establishment that was named a top finalist in the Best Day Spa category of Fox 8's 2011 Hot List. Sciulli and her team employ the glo therapeutics line to perform relaxing facials that combat issues such as acne, dryness, or sensitivity with highly concentrated active ingredients.
The talented crew specializes in men's haircuts, which include an eyebrow and nose grooming, hot-towel facial, a shoulder and neck massage, and instructions on tying a silk cravat into the shape of a favorite sports mascot. They also pamper guests with services ranging from Shellac mani-pedis and fragrant aromatherapy massages to airbrushed spray tans.