Founded in 1974 in Memphis, Tennessee, by the eponymous Sam Ross, Fantastic Sams is a family-friendly salon geared toward quality. Today, the brand spans more than 1,200 locations, employing a legion of experienced stylists as they wage wars on bedhead and uneven bangs. Wielding shampoos and conditioners crafted with provitamins and soy proteins, the staff offers services such as haircuts, color treatments, and straightening treatments.
Santana's Hair Studio customizes haircuts for men, women, and children in its downtown Buffalo storefront. In addition to cuts, the studio highlights hair with moisturizing Argan Oil–brand color, and perms hair into bouncy coils modeled after clients' favorite drill bits. Santana’s also files and paints nails during mani-pedis, and deftly removes unwanted hair with wax.
Inside her private suite at Ciao Bella Hair Studio, technician Nicole Arcadipane revamps smiles with PearlBrite professional whitening systems. To remove discoloration caused by coffee, smoking, or gargling with wood stain, Nicole offers clients a trio of whitening options: chair-side bleaching, an at-home whitening system, and whitening pens for simple touchups and maintenance. Using specially formulated hydrogen-peroxide gels, Nicole's chair-side bleaching sessions can brighten tusks up to 10 shades in as little as 20 minutes.
Attilio’s Salon and Day Spa pampers clients with massages, facials, and nail services honed over more than 17 years. Nail technicians escort customers to the salon’s manicure room, where they buff, file, and polish digits at sleek nail stations set against stacked stone walls. Toes splash into a heated whirlpool—which softens calluses and sharpens whitewater-rafting skills—before donning colorful coats of polish. Paraffin treatments complete the 90-minute services by steeping hardened outer shells in skin-softening tubs of wax.
The stylists at Studio E Salon and Day Spa rely on J Beverly Hills products and encyclopedic knowledge of style trends to keep clients looking their best. The women's style package kicks off with a deep-conditioning treatment that nourishes strands with moisture, botanical extracts, and puréed red carpet. Following the treatment, stylists consult with their patrons before clipping strands into looks that are becoming to clients' face shapes and features. Skilled technicians can also trim cuticles and shape nails into rounded ovals or points that can husk a baseball. Clients select their favorite style of polish from the salon's rainbow of options, and stylists slick nails in mirror-finish coats.
Kallista's paw porters have been painting and preening digits into colorful, tip-top shape amid a clean and relaxing environment for 27 years. Trained nail techs trim cuticles, polish finger shells, and moisturize hands and feet before applying a kaleidoscopic OPI lacquer that’s bright enough to make even the most outgoing chameleon blush. While mani-pedi services typically last approximately 75 minutes, patrons can optimize the duration of their treatments to fit their schedules. Those on the run can get in and out, and others can opt for longer treatments with more thorough hand, arm, and foot massages before leaving with appendages that are more dazzling than a tap dancing flamingo.