At ornate, wooden styling stations, Peter Alexandra Salon's designer and master stylists combine knowledge gleaned from continuing-education courses with their wealth of existing experiences. Setting clients before gilded mirrors, the staff enhances flirty bobs, flowing curls, and chic bald caps using sundry products from such lines as Unite Styling, Goldwell, and Liscio Thermal Straightening. Below-chin beauty services fill out Peter Alexandra's menu, which includes waxing, nailcare, and spray-tan services.
Tresses & Colours? stylists don?t just offer their clientele a standard array of color treatments, but rather a carefully curated selection of custom color and highlight combinations that change seasonally. Their winter 2013 collection, for example, includes signature colors such as cranberry red?which accentuates jet-back tresses with a splash of crimson ombre?and golden chestnut glow, which infuses hair with a radiant spectrum of bronze shades. Other services in the stylists? repertoire include keratin hair-smoothing treatments, waxing, makeup applications, and facials that help smooth and firm skin.
Like the offspring of a flamingo and a zebra, Glitz & Glamor is black, white, and pink all over. Its vibrant shades surround tweens during two-hour parties. At the behest of tiara-crowned birthday girls, five guests gather inside a VIP party suite. They don pink bathrobes before noshing on pizza and singing karaoke alongside a big-screen TV. When stylists aren't hosting celebrations, they operate the establishment as a traditional salon and spa. During spa mani-pedis and chocolate deluxe facials, they also give mothers and daughters a chance to bond as well as two people hugging in a pool of super glue.
Beauty Garden welcomes guests with a white trellis adorned with pink flowers. Floral wallpaper draws guests further in before stylists lead them to a mirror-facing chair for a hair treatment or to a nail station for some hand and foot pampering. They color, curl, style, and trim hair or adorn nails with painstaking nail art and hydrate hands with paraffin dips.
Although they moved to new, larger digs in April 2012, the team of expert stylists at Renaissance Salon still delivers the same trusted cuts, colors, and salon services that they've been doling out since 2007. Senior colorists Jennifer and Jessica excel at enriching locks with dimensional color, whereas bridal expert Krista dominates when it comes to readying clients for weddings. Michelle issues precision snips that transform played-out looks into fashionable 'dos, and trendsetter Julie remains ever-vigilant in the hunt for the most adventurous styles. The senior teams is joined by a crew of five fellow stylists and two assistants, but no matter their relative experience levels, their training expectation remains the same; all staff members at Renaissance Salon are required to attend at least two advanced-training seminars annually.
Spa85 drenches clients with waves of Aphroditian loveliness by offering a full lineup of hair, nail, waxing, and makeup services. In an atmosphere underscored by the ceiling’s bright brown parallel universe, settle into a black-leathered styling chair for a haircut ($50) and a half-hour blow-out ($30), or opt for a partial highlight ($82) to blend in at pom-pom parties. Clients who suffer from harried hair can wax it away from their underarms ($15), brows ($12), or nether region ($65 for a Brazilian). To equip opposable knuckle sticks with shiny new helmets worthy of a hand model, put them where a member of the skilled staff can give them a manicure, which includes a warm soak, a hand massage, nail grooming, and polish ($20).