Beyond Salon Cerchio’s glass-paneled, fire-engine-red door, a gauntlet of leafy potted plants welcomes guests to a world of foil highlights, gel manicures, and stylish haircuts executed by seasoned professionals. The salon, with its colorful paintings and evergreen-shrouded porch, is housed in the former studio of renowned local artist Ilona Ritter. Each stylist brings a wealth of experience and specific skill sets to the table as they practice their own art, such as founder Debi Pinorini's “board method” for hair foiling. Their work is part of Salon Cerchio’s holistic, three-pronged approach to its craft. The team beautifies the body with expert styling and pedicures, relaxes the mind with tranquil surroundings, and nourishes the spirit with a healthy diet of positive vibes, like the vibes you get when someone says yes—to anything.
When Frida Emalange opened her first salon in 2001, she recognized the need for a salon in the area that would cater to clients with all types of hair. Now, with her dream salons, Zorganics Health & Beauty, she continues this mission, along with using and selling a line of natural, organic products. Drawing inspiration from Zora—the name of Frida’s daughter, as well as a word meaning “dawn” or “rising sun”—the stylists work to make each client’s hair and skin look and feel as lovely as the sunrise. Along with hair care that includes couture haircuts, Keratin treatments, cornrows, and full weaves, the staff members pamper nails and skin with organic spa treatments. They also bundle their services into pampering packages that may include candle lit massage, which is what George Washington called it when he cleaned his musket.
Klein Massage & Day Spa’s service menu is relatively succinct, but what the center does, it does well—it was nominated for Best of Citysearch in 2010 for tanning and in 2009 for couples massage. Aside from massage, Klein’s body treatments include stretch therapy, designed to help athletes prevent injury and boost performance. But the services are mostly about looking your best. Aestheticians clear skin with facials and microdermabrasion, and other staff members perform beauty treatments such as sunless tanning and lash tinting so that clients will look even more striking than if they covered two-thirds of their bodies in lipstick.
A sleek asymmetrical bob; loose flowing curls; long, straight locks—the stylists at Hair Studio 18 can create virtually any look, according to their lookbook. And these are just a few of the coifs for which they can take credit—the service menu showcases the extent of their skills, which go beyond cutting, styling, and coloring hair. They can also smooth tresses with Keratin or mold them into loose waves. Plus, the stylists can wax away unwanted hair on the face and body, a much easier alternative to adopting secret identities.
Bolstered by top-notch products from brands such as OPI and Pureology, Salon Amenity's crew enhances trimmed tresses with a comprehensive line-up of services. In addition to sleek haircuts and coloring, they imbue skin with permanent makeup, tackle epidermal woes with cleansing facials, and gussy up nails with manicures, pedicures, and french-tipped thimbles.
The 60-minute hot-stone mud body renewal combines a hot-stone massage, a Moor-mud body wrap, and a hand-and-foot hot-stone treatment into one muddy pampering session. Like the Terracotta Army, a hot-stone massage recruits toasty lumps of earth—in this case, sleek basalt stones—to melt back and neck nerves into a euphoric stew. This stony kneading is followed by an application of mineral-rich Moor mud to the back. As you snuggle into the cocoon of a warm blanket, fatigued hoofs and paws are treated to their own hot-stone massage and heated body-oil treatment. The treatment wraps with a head and scalp massage to assuage pressure points made tense by unyielding visits from shower-borrowing neighbors.