Eva, which uses and sells environmentally friendly Aveda products, caters to hair and skin with an array of rejuvenating services. All hair services, which include a number of coloring options and a women's cut and style ($43), come with an aromatherapy scalp massage to relax the senses and drain collected cranial-stress juices. With many waxing options available, clients can touch up fingers and toes ($10) or prepare for the beach or a scantily clad spelling bee with a Brazilian ($75). The tourmaline radiance facial, a 90-minute holistic microdermabrasion session, utilizes the tourmaline mineral to smooth out fine lines and beautify complexions ($80). Eva's palette of spring colors, as well as a prismatic mosaic of earthy and bright tones, enhances the atmosphere with warmth and style.
The skilled tress technicians at Chatters Salon infuse newfound vitality into insipid locks with an array of salon treatments, including a single-process salon colouring using Redken colour. A cup of precolouring coffee or tea keeps pigment-awaiting patrons hydrated in the waiting area as head gardens excitedly prepare to live out their chameleonic dreams. To begin the treatment, a talented shade switcher modifies the colour composition of hair with artful ease. Once hair has been cloaked in rich colour, a shampoo and conditioning treatment expunges lingering tint from strands while an accompanying scalp massage twists stressed-out thought bubbles into pleasing balloon animals. For a coif-pampering finale, a blow-dry whisks away residual moisture, leaving newly toned strands shiny and swinging. As an added bonus, salon-goers receive a full-size salon product with their colouring service.
Dedicated to training the next generation of stylists and aestheticians to be confident visionaries, Legends Academy educates students with a hands-on curriculum focused on developing cosmetological know-how in arenas ranging from hairdressing to makeup application. In order to complete their training, pupils fine-tune their skills in the school salon, where they perform services including perms, cap highlights, and elegant updos. The salon?s commitment to quality extends to the products they use during each appointment, including brands such as Schwarzkopf, CHI, and L?Or?al. Aside from hairstyling, guests can find a host of waxing and threading treatments to whisk away unwanted fuzz, as well as lavish mani-pedis to rejuvenate hands and feet weary from crab-walking to work.
There’s no doubt that Fire & Ice Hair Company has class. For starters, the salon is committed to green products and methods; they recycle more than 85 per cent of salon waste and exclusively use products by La Biosthetique Paris—a company that creates its packaging using wind, water, and solar power. More obviously, Fire & Ice's space—blanketed, of course, in the soft glow of energy-efficient light bulbs—reveals a high-end salon, complete with rich wooden floors and pearl-white styling chairs.
What's missing, however, is the attitude. Unlike at many upscale establishments and children’s book clubs, the staff skips the highbrow demeanor in favour of friendly chatter.
Melissa Dunlop trained with Redken and Pureology before opening her own salon—Mel's Hair Zone. As a seasoned colorist, she transforms dark browns into platinum blondes and vice-versa, and can also paint tresses with peekaboo highlights and bold Chromashine colors, such as hot fuchsia and rich blue. An array of products by American Crew and Morrocanoil help her sculpt and nourish strands, ensuring each cut is as healthy as it is chic.
Stylist Kristen revamps her clients' looks with modern haircuts and dramatic eyelash extensions. She works alongside other talented stylists at Madison Avenue Hair Designers, a salon that exudes the glamour of New York's Madison Avenue with exposed-brick walls and a glittery chandelier.