Since becoming a certified stylist in 1997, Frances has been an educator for Matrix International and has worked international beauty shows and New York’s Fashion Week. Committed to continued education, she has also pursued advanced training with both the Aveda Institute and the Redken Exchange in Manhattan.
Frances continues to propel standards at her own salon, Belleza, particularly with her signature Brazilian blowout treatments. In an attempt to reduce clients’ contact with formaldehyde, she has modified her treatments in two ways—first, she offers clients the option of using Zero+ or lite formulas. The Zero+ solution is formaldehyde-free, and lite treatments are applied in an express time frame that minimizes exposure to the product. Secondly, Frances has invested in two modern technologies that reduce airborne pollutants: Izunami fume irons, whose built-in suction components draw fumes from the air, and the Pure Air chemical-fume extraction system, featuring a 16-inch hood that is positioned above a client’s head to oxidize chemicals while also suffusing her brain with new vocab words.
From within The Red House's elegant, relaxing atmosphere, Creative Cut Hair Salon has been beautifying nails for 35 years. A mani-pedi emboldens phalanges by first trimming and filing the nails, then cutting cuticles into dazzling uniformity. Before finishing everything off with an expertly applied layer of nail polish, the talented staff dole out a light hand and foot massage, making the whole experience a great gift for Mother's Day or a gratifying lunch-break activity with dad during Bring Your Daughter to Work Day. Like 30 back-to-back rides through the Tunnel of Love, the whole service should last around 90 minutes.
The 60-minute facial treatment uses Dermalogica ChromaWhite TRx safe skin-care products to brighten skin by balancing areas of uneven pigmentation commonly caused by hormonal imbalance, UV exposure, or pregnancy. This facial is perfect for anyone who desires a healthier appearance, skin clarity, improved cellular pigment production, or 500 golden duck eggs. First, a customized skin analysis is given to determine your features' individual pigmentation. Next, a gentle double cleansing efficiently exfoliates to scrub away grub and skin-cell-peddling gummy bears. Finally, a hydrating mask made out of vitamin C serum is applied while an aesthetician gently massages your shoulders and whispers tender compliments to your future face.
Katie Starns, a graduate of the Vici Capilli Beauty Institute, worked at multiple salons before starting to practice her face-rejuvenating techniques at Harmony Salon and Spa. Each treatment deploys Dermalogica products, a set of cleansers and masks that can be adjusted to personalize facials. Katie takes particular pride in her ability to help clients overcome skin troubles, whether they stem from acne, rosacea, or an unfortunate tattoo of a favorite vice president.
At Hot Heads Salon, “Keep It Up!” isn’t a motivational phrase. It’s the name of the root re-touch treatment, a title that’s exemplary of Hot Heads’ Salon cheeky service menu. Stylists, including the mother-daughter duo that runs the salon, cut locks but do not blow-dry them during “Shape Up…Ship Out!” sessions and straighten ringlets with “I Hate Curl” straightening treatments. Aside from hair services—which also include highlights, Brazilian blowouts, perms, and conditioning treatments—they also perform waxing and manicures.
The team at Roots Salon beautifies clients from head to toe with a full slate of services. Stylists revamp manes with trendy cuts and color, as well as add instant length with hair extensions. Inside private rooms, aestheticians tailor treatments to clients’ skin concerns—reducing sun damage with chemical peels and boosting collagen with phyto-stem technology. Soreness melts away beneath soothing massage kneads, and complexions are quickly enhanced with waxing treatments and makeup applications.