Amid the glittery beaded curtains and shelves of professional products at Divine Salon, beauty specialists perform an array of services from glamorous hair extensions to luxurious manicures. As waxing experts and nail technicians bustle about the bright space, stylist Emily extends her expertise toward haircuts and coloring services. Emily blow-drys hair into flattering waves, and tames frizz with smoothing conditioning treatments.
An all-black interior and quartet of skull art may send chills down spines, but it’s all smiles for those settling in the styling chair of Karla Smith. The talented stylist uses her eye for color to warm complexions with sunny highlights or a flattering hue. And as a perm specialist, Karla has the ability to quickly transform strands into bouncy curls.
Spa Moulay, an Aveda concept spa and salon, boasts a licensed and Aveda-certified staff that rejuvenates countenances and soothes skin with massages and body-centric services. A 50-minute Swedish massage floods nostrils with a client-selected Aveda aroma as a massage therapist applies light pressure to knead away tension. Botanical Kinetics facials, which run around 50 minutes, rejuvenate dry, congested, or disturbingly deadpan skin with customized treatments. Over the course of an Elemental Nature mani-pedi, which also runs about 50 minutes, staff refit and repaint finger and toe helmets, massage hands weary from drawing endlessly recursive sketches of themselves, and apply an exfoliating mask.
Visiting Vogue Salon & Permanent Makeup is like going to a concert: your experience varies greatly depending on where you sit. Clients who take a seat in one of the massaging pedicure thrones relax as technicians apply gel or acrylic polish, whereas men, women, and kids who rest against the curved backs and arms of the rotating styling stools chatter as stylists perform haircuts and Redken color treatments. One of the most sought-out seats in the house is the permanent-makeup chair, which resembles a padded pool lounge chair and is used during waxing as well as makeup sessions. The staff prides itself on its inking expertise and even offers a six-month apprenticeship for artists who want to learn how to draw in eyebrows, eyeliner, and lip liner like professionals, or at least like the artist who painted Richard Nixon's official White House portrait.