Nestled in the crook of a banister, receptionists greet guests before they ascend the adjacent staircase to Robert Markley Salon Spa, passing a large polished steel pot along the way. The staircase leads to a waiting area furnished with modern armchairs and a Googie-inspired light fixture. Exposed utilitarian ceilings float above a row of minimalistic salon stations with white barber chairs, where stylists perform services such as haircuts and highlights with Aveda products. Spa treatments include facials, massage, and makeup lessons for clients who have had a falling out with their lipstick.
Best friends since high school, the three owners of Hush Salon and Day Spa are always excited to head into work. Pops of bright color add a feminine touch to the open floor plan and exposed-brick walls. Thirteen stylists and aestheticians circle the space, snipping hair into posh bobs, painting nails with bright polishes, or decorating faces with professional makeup. Refreshing facial treatments tailor to skin woes, such as signs of aging and acne, and body wraps cocoon limbs in thermal energy, botanical oils, and natural ingredients, such as rice bran and supernovae.
Attention to detail can bring polish and sophistication to any look. In two hours, At Lash’s aestheticians take care of one specific detail—eyelashes—for up to two to three weeks: they augment natural lashes with extensions, eliminating the need for mascara and achieving aesthetic sophistication. Their low-maintenance extensions, which adhere to natural lashes, create a fuller, darker, sultry look, like taking an ordinary sponge and expanding it with a heart-shaped hot-chocolate stain. The team keeps up clients’ lashes with half-hour touchup appointments.
At Shelly's Lash Lounge, eyes are the center of attention. As attention is normally drawn to a person's eyes initially, they enhance first impressions with intricately applied lash extensions. Those synthetic and mink lashes add length and volume while eliminating the need for mascara. Because they apply extensions one by one to real lashes, they keep looks completely natural, too. While lashes are the main draw, they also offer hair and body wrap treatments for more dazzling, comprehensive makeovers.
Upholding the salon’s commitment to the latest in hair-cutting techniques, every stylist at Metropolis Salon undergoes extensive training and continuous education. Owner and accomplished stylist Emery Alain Nicoletti helms the salon’s in-house training program, teaching students the ins and out of salon work—from cut and color skills to the consequences of mistaking Barbasol for Gatorade. After up to two years in the program, pupils fly solo behind the styling chair to snip strands into chic cuts or enhance hair with highlights. Though hair styling is its foundation, Metropolis Salon also caters to skin and nail needs with a dozen facial treatments, waxing for face and body, and indulgent mani-pedis for both men and women.
Led by Dr. Mark Chorebanian, the team at Mena's Aesthetics performs nonsurgical treatments and skin rejuvenation with multiple types of lasers. Clinician Mena Latas has traveled the country certifying offices in laser treatments. She specializes in reducing hair on darker skin tones with Palomar IPL lasers and treating acne with laser technology and chemical peels. Technicians clear complexions with medical-grade products, such as SkinMedica and Obagi Medical. To combat wrinkles caused by squinting at eye-chart wallpaper, certified injector administers Botox and dermal fillers.