Before inviting clients into her chair, Salon Alchemy’s owner and creative director, Rita, studied at the elbow of a L’Oréal educator in Manhattan, learning complex coloring techniques such as French highlights and prismatic formulation. Today, she applies this knowledge when infusing ’dos with balayage and ombre highlights, and erasing wild house-painting accidents with color correction. She also channels her creative energy through her scissors, which seek out optimal styles in accordance with her client’s hair type and facial shape.
At Gruppo Creativo, follicular excursions begin with a thorough consultation, during which an experienced hair designer collaborates with clients to determine their ideal look. The stylist then hand paints various tendrils with the heat-less balayage highlighting technique for a low-maintenance, natural look that tends to grow out without calling attention to heads with obvious roots or dirty curse words. Stylists then scrub strands clean before applying one of six L'Oreal Power Dose conditioning treatments, with different formulations for damaged, colored, fine, and aging hair. Lastly, a haircut and blow-dry slice and smooth away rogue bristles, leaving locks more trimmed than an overachieving Christmas tree.
Those looking for Hair About You will find it inside a quaint white house nestled away in a quiet residential neighborhood that offers plenty of free street parking and nearly free sidewalk access. The homey salon plays host to all manners of exterior transformations. Hairstylists perform custom cuts for women, men, and children and help heads shine with single-process color treatments, glaze, and full, partial, or face-framing highlights. Nail artists enhance table tappers with French tips, fills, or synthetic sets made from silk, linen, acrylic, or gel, and waxing specialists help bodies shed unwanted threads from toes to brows. The salon's real specialty, however, lies in hair-replacement services, which include confidential wig, hairpiece, and extension consultations for those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.
At Beauty SQ, hairstylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians administer a wide variety of treatments aided by OPI and BSQ gel polishes, naturally derived Aveda products, and deluxe Bumble and Bumble haircare serums. Therapists ease muscles with Western- and Eastern-style massages, such as deep tissue, acupuncture, herbal reflexology, and Chinese tui na, a technique similar to Swedish massage that aims to positively redirect chi, or energy, throughout the body. Aestheticians create tailored weight-loss packages by combining targeted massage with other treatments, such as body wraps or facials administered prejog.