The experienced body gilders at Lords & Ladies Salon pamper corporeal forms in a soothing environment. Prepare for confident poolside lounging with the 15-minute Fantasy airbrush tan, which sprays epidermises with a safe, FDA-approved mixture that darkens skin evenly. The airbrush technology avoids the streaks of more erratic spray-tanning methods, such as playing paintball at a nudist colony, with darker color lasting up to seven days. For flash-seeking fingers, the 45-minute mani-pedi rehabs scraggy nails as technicians file away edges, shape cuticles, and hide translucent protein under a choice of chromatic coatings. Avoid chips by upgrading manicures or pedicures to shellac polish (each $5 extra).
When choosing a moniker for their new salon, Evolve's team didn't just flip to a random page in the dictionary. They opted for a name that they felt best represented what they do on a daily basis: use the art of cutting, coloring, and styling hair to help their clients change not just the way they look, but also the way they feel about themselves. The salon itself, with its modern decor, creates a comfortable environment for this evolution to take place, and is also eco-friendly; stylists use products from the natural-ingredient-based Eufora line.
That elegant yet comfortable decor includes earth-toned checkered floors and the occasional area rug, floor-to-ceiling plant, and framed piece of art. Cushioned chairs with homey pillows make the waiting area a welcoming introduction to the salon, and white pillars throughout evoke a Greek symposium. An all-black ceiling, however, evokes the cosmos, with track lights resembling stars and hair clippings flung upward resembling a space shuttle streaking toward the heavens.
Signature Service: Brilliant Color
Brands Used: Framesi and Brazilian Blowout
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Rebekah, owner of Bella Vita Boutique, specializes in coloring and highlighting hair using Framesi products, and extends her passion for working with hair by serving as a Framesi Educator. "[Being an educator] requires extensive travel and exposure to all the latest trends and fashions," she says. "We also attend annual hair show expos, usually in the New York, Miami, or Baltimore." Fellow hairstylist and makeup artist Tara accompanies Rebekah on such journeys, soaking up new techniques and inspiration at every show they hit like a pristine makeup sponge.
Nestled within an unassuming neighborhood house, Scott Bradley and Company emanates a welcoming, homey vibe. Streams of natural sunlight shine through the large bay windows, illuminating the stylists as they cut, color, and administer frizz-fighting keratin treatments. Nail techs, meanwhile, gussy up fingers and toes with regular or gel polish, and wax mavens strip away unwanted hair from brows, lips, or chins.
With a deep knowledge of hairstyling techniques, skincare products by Bioelements, and skin-burnishing tanning beds, the stylists at Bahama Salon & Spa keep patrons looking their best from head to toe. Certified cosmetologists specialize in replicating trendy hairstyles and infusing strands with rich color. A certified nail technician decorates hands and feet with Shellac polish or 3-D nail art.
The expert stylists of Special Effects for Hair take great pride in their ability to transform guests with a few passes of their scissors. In addition to cutting and styling hair, they can douse certain strands in sun-catching color to create face-flattering highlights. Stylists also add conditioning treatments to hydrate and nourish the strands after all they've been through day in and day out.