Overheard, crystals sway, clinging to chandeliers suspended from a sky-blue ceiling. Sunbeams pour in, occasionally catching these twinkling adornments as it stripes the lobby with light on its long slide along the marble reception desk. This is New Life Massage, where tranquility begin before you even step into a treatment room. After checking in at the desk, visitors traverse ivory corridors lit by curling wall sconces before settling into a private treatment room or smashing a stress ball in the sledgehammer room. In these secluded rooms, treatments unfold, treating guests to everything from restorative Swedish massages to skincare and waxing treatments.
Named a Reader's Choice salon by the Daily Herald in 2012, the Nelson Group Salon staffs skilled stylists who groom clients' locks, skin, and nails using products by Aveda, Bumble and bumble, and Schwarzkopf. Many of the salon's stylists boast more than a decade of experience and professional training from such coiffure heavyweights as Vidal Sassoon and Aveda, which they apply to their services as they snip and color locks in modern styles.
Built in 1890, the salon's charming interior once housed a hospital, which was then subsequently repurposed into a bakery and next into a zombie factory, before finally transforming into its present state more than 20 years ago. Salon owner Nelson, a stylist for more than 23 years, still prefers "old-school German shears" to style ever-evolving haircuts. He emphasizes keeping up with trends and mastering new techniques, saying, "it's not just a job, but a craft."
After years of hard work making their owners look good, split ends retire with the snip of a scissors inside GR Italian Hair Style. Freshly shorn locks are then molded into new styles and highlighted for a pop of color. The stylists also tend to clients’ keratin sheets during manicures.
In a relaxation haven perched just outside of the city, Eve Beauty Salon's stylists have spiffed up beauty-seekers for more than two decades, specializing in contemporary haircuts and bridal makeup. Hair whisperers stay abreast of the latest styling, cutting, and coloring techniques for men, women, and show horses alike. After locks luxuriate in a hot-oil head massage or lengthen with the aid of fused extensions, countenances soak up hydration and stoke a natural glow with the help of 24-karat-gold and rose-petal facials. Eve Beauty Salon rounds out its laundry list of services with eyelash extensions, henna tattoos, nose piercings, and henna tattoos of pierced noses.
Inside Clips N Colors's salon rich in warm earth tones, stylists execute fashionable cuts and color treatments. They also enrich tresses with specialties such as keratin thermal smoothing and Japanese straightening. To enhance new looks, aestheticians rejuvenate skin with express and custom-blend facials. If there's ever a wait, customers can fill the time with free WiFi, iPads, TVs, movies, coffee, and tea.
Most salons can give you silky-smooth hair, but Silks USA Boutique & Salon can do one better by dressing you in traditional Indian silks. On one side is the salon, where stylists craft flattering haircuts and aestheticians exfoliate pores with custom facials. Just a few steps away is the boutique, which specializes in colorful saris and dresses inspired by time-honored Indian styles.