When she isn’t on location at photo shoots, weddings, or other events that require picture-perfect hair and makeup, Kristie Quiriconi is beautifying clients at Misfit Hair Design. It’s there that she cuts and colors hair, waxes unwanted body fuzz, and dusts faces with subtle or glam makeup, enhancing natural features or concealing the identity of a client busted for stealing the last slice of pizza.
Although she has more than 10 years of styling experience, Rebecca Wraxall of House of Couture at Sola Salon Studios keeps up with the ever-evolving style world. She attends classes at Vidal Sassoon and MAC Cosmetics, learning styling and makeup techniques she immediately puts into practice in her salon. But as much information as she soaks up, she also doles it out. She shares tips and tricks with her clients on how to pick out styles to suit their facial shapes and how to reproduce styles every day using tools such as brushes, curling irons, and white picket fences.
Fashionable makeovers and indulgent pampering collide inside of Royal Beauty Salon. Here, stylists craft sleek haircuts and reinvent hairstyles whose patents expired in the '80s. The staff uses wax to remove body hair from problem areas and leave the skin soft to the touch. And with a dazzling array of colored polishes at their disposal, nail technicians can narrow in on fingers and toes, shaping and dressing the nails and rewarding the hands and feet that support them with aromatherapy scrubs and warm-lotion massages.
At recently opened Rock Paper Scissors, owner and head stylist Kelsey Gallegos exercises artistic license over coifs, backed by extra training in Bumble and bumble, Redken, and AG hair products, to name a few. Her team of stylists boasts similar expertise in myriad specialties, allowing clients to pair up with an authority fitted to their needs. Beautifiers bend serums from AG, DermOrganic, and It's a 10 to their will as they shear and highlight tresses or sculpt one of their signature updos for wedding days or anniversaries with probation officers.
The salon's decor mirrors the creative whimsy with which staffers approach hair. Walls alternate between vibrant-yellow and deep-purple hues, complimented by a tree in bloom splashed across several paintings. Colorful abstract artwork emblazons other walls, one hung with a black-and-white photo of the vintage salon experience, which historically included black-and-white hairdos.
The brainchild of glamor expert Nicole Zammit, Beauty Queen Salon envelops guests in a cozy and inviting environment where each head of hair is lavished with personalized attention and upscale Pravana Perfection products. Stylists give unhurried attention to each salon service, throwing in free shampoos with every cut and style. They also create elegant updos for clients on their way to special events, and Nicole flexes her licensed esthetician muscles with a professional makeup application to bestow rosier cheeks or droopier zombie eyes.
Le Charm Beautique's skincare services aren't just designed to relax clients; they're also designed to solve skin conditions before they arise. This approach is coordinated by spa founder and licensed aesthetician Olga Martynenko, who leads a team of licensed spa technicians well-versed in designing custom services for men and women of all ages and skin types. They use products by ?minence Organic Skin Care, PCA Skln, and Jean D'Arcel Cosmetique to restore a healthy glow through treatments ranging from cleansing facials and peels to exfoliating body treatments. Meanwhile, licensed independent therapists alleviate muscle pain and stress with seven massages ranging from zen shiatsu to aromatic Swedish. All treatments are conducted in the spa's private rooms, which are soothing in their own right thanks to a pastel color scheme and low lighting.