At The Hair Lounge, co-owners Angie Pilkington and Jennifer Miller keep their creative styling team educated on the latest industry trends through ongoing education. According to a feature on The Company Lab website, Pilkington has been a representative at the New York branch of the renowned Intercoiffure Mondial––an international organization for high-quality hairdressing that represents the top 2% of salons in the world. By encouraging her crew to strive for that same level of success, Pilkington has created a small business that is stylish beyond its stature, where personalized services take the place of cookie-cutter cuts and styles are sealed in with paraben-free Oribe products.
Inside the salon, vintage-inspired chandeliers illuminate the bright-pink dividers at each styling station. The lounge area uses transparent chairs, rich hardwood furniture, and gray walls with white wainscoting to create an ambiance that is both classic and modern, calling to mind the aesthetic of a hip Manhattan club or Mozart's favorite discotheque.
Dee'Sign Nail Salon's head nail tech Demetria "Dee" Jordan wields 10 years of experience imbuing fingernails and toenails with vibrant new caps. Put your hands where a member of the skilled staff can see them, and you'll be rewarded with a neat nail trimming of fingernails and toenails. Perfectly symmetrical tips will take the place of formerly unruly edges, and cuticles will be gently groomed into a more sightly disposition. Dee'Sign's staff dips limb-tips into polishes from brands such as OPI, Orly, and China Glaze with the attentiveness and care of a zookeeper bottle-feeding a newborn snake. After the mani-pedi, a nail technician buffs dry skin and removes tar and feathers from hands and feet with an exfoliating sea-salt scrub.
Carlene Francis helms her boutique, Nails by Carlene, with a friendly demeanor bolstered by a self-proclaimed “Caribbean sway.” The passionate digit artist gussies up finger- and toenails with colorful gel fills in a range of patterns and designs, from zebra stripes to Rorschach tests. Hands and feet also receive pampering treatments, as Francis lavishes skin with fruit-based scrubs, hot oils, and sea-salt soaks.
Though the shop’s sign features a pastel, cloud-covered design, A Heavenly Touch Day Spa’s interior is covered in rich fabrics and regal colors. A massage bed upholstered in chocolate brown welcomes those in search of therapeutic massage, and, over a checkerboard carpet of fall-colored squares, black leather chairs are the beauty thrones where pedicure clients sit. The spa’s three-woman staff also performs manicures, waxing, and skincare services, including chemical peels.
With the belief that true beauty can be found "within the sparkle in your eyes, the confidence in your steps, and the lilt of your laugh," Royal Treatment Day Spa Salon assembles a medley of services designed to bring out clients' inner royal majesty. Amid Romanesque columns and floral decor, the experienced team spruces up bodies with treatments that range from waxing and eyelash tinting to facials and makeup applications. Stylists can deftly transform the full spectrum of hair types with locs or flattering cuts, and massage therapists administer 10 types of massage to target pain or promote a sense of relaxation not felt since being nestled in a blanket of scratched-off to-do lists.