The Empire State Building beckons the eyes of tourists and locals alike, yet as clients exit Renait 5th Avenue Salon's penthouse across the street—whose opening was kicked off with help from Miss Universe 2010—they draw gazes back down to earth. With products from Nexxus, Aveda, and Sebastian, experienced stylists reinstate health and style to hair with custom cuts, colors, and conditioning treatments after determining each client's aesthetic preferences and penchant for standing in front of wind machines. Cleansing facials enhance natural beauty, waxing treatments whisk away unwanted hair, and nail services ready fingers for an evening on the town. Renait's beautifiers also take inspiration from European salons, buttressing hair and skin services with massage therapy that enhances body function, helps alleviate pain, and soothes stress after arguments with the person in the bathroom mirror.
At Schafer Studios, an aesthetician uses warm liquid wax to strip away unwanted hair from the very roots. Aesthetician Mary has more than 25 years of experience in professional, discreet waxing. Following the expert application, wax stiffens its grip on hair, allowing it to be whisked away in strips, much like a tear-away tuxedo. The waxing services de-fuzz the bikini area in 20 minutes, allowing clients to reap the smooth, clean feeling of a full Brazilian in half the time it takes to wait 40 minutes.
Donna Harris, owner of Oregon's Grand SalonSpa, has more than 10 years of experience as an esthetician. She specializes in permanent makeup and anti-aging facial treatments such as ultra sonic microdermabrasion. At Oregon's Grand SalonSpa, Donna and her team pamper clients with a range of spa services that include hot stone massage, Shellac manicures, and eyebrow waxing. The boutique day spa has appeared on Good Day Oregon, AM Northwest, and the Better Show.
Skilled stylists tame tresses and snip strands inside Diamond Diva Salon with a diverse array of services. Guests can receive simple bang trims, rehab locks with nourishing deep-conditioning treatments, or fully make over manes with voluminous layers and eye-catching highlights.
At The Strand at Sola Salons, the deft and generous fingers of stylists Abby and Michele attend to scalps with relaxing, massaging movements. This supplemental courtesy, which accommodates every haircut, evidences the duo’s commitment to client satisfaction. Abby and Michele don’t just rush through services; rather, they take time to listen to clients before administering signature cuts, colorings, or keratin smoothing treatments. In this way, they not only achieve unique and classic styles—they also generate good karma with clients so they can form long-term relationships and eventually be reincarnated in the form of well-groomed poodles.
Bella Bliss Salon specializes in hair colors and precision cuts, trussing tresses into face-flattering styles and dousing strands with countenance-complimenting chroma. Experienced stylists use their years of training to lavish locks with women's haircuts, which include a complimentary consultation, soothing shampoo, and styling ($45–$55), and sleekify strands with a blowout, allowing heroic clients to hair lasso arch nemeses ($25 and up). Follicle beautifiers can get an all-over, single-process color ($65), flip partial highlights casually ($95 and up), or channel a grand dame with a mane in a full updo to distinguish themselves at a monster-truck rally ($45 and up). The salon's hot-pink walls, mod styling, and flat-screen TVs offer a chic place to sip on complimentary cold drinks, catch up on the latest shows, and discuss whether or not cold dark matter is truly composed of neutralinos.
Having trimmed and fashioned hair for seven years, Nikki Johansen knows the importance of personal touches. Every client to sit in her chair receives a scalp massage with his or her shampoo and conditioning treatment, as well as tips for re-creating the new 'dos at home. Nikki specializes in shorter cuts with meticulous detailing, and her training covers treatments from perms to keratin smoothing procedures. She also dyes locks in bold colors, positions foils for flattering highlights, and invents special styles for occasions, such as glamorous updos for bridesmaids complete with extra arms for bouquet catching.