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.
Stylist Rachel Roes McCoy began her haircare career at 16, when she started shaping new coiffures for her family and friends. Since then, she has become a certified facial-waxing specialist and trained with stylists Martin Parsons and Nick Arrojo from TLC's What Not to Wear. Nowadays, McCoy showcases her expertise with shears at Studio La Vie, where she severs split ends, snips away tangled fishing lines, and performs coloring and waxing services.
If you opt for the Tour of the City package, you'll take a tinting flight across each of Sun Tan City's bed levels (fast tan, faster tan, fastest tan, and instant tan) and one timely trip inside a VersaSpa Sunless Tanning Booth, which provides a natural, even-tonal transformation. Clients can experience the five levels of the Tour of the City package in any order they wish. Standing upright in the VersaSpa booth, your body will be gently misted with either a clear or bronze solution, possibly combined with a dose of anti-aging formula. Each booth is scientifically designed to provide a breathe-easy session and features an exhaust system to send the lingering mist out while sealing in skin's new shade. After a few minutes, your body will be dry to the touch.
Salon Haven is so focused on helping its clients relax that the boutique salon offers several complimentary services. For example, every tress treatment—whether it's a custom cut, single-process color, or a smoothing relaxer—comes with a glass of wine or a soft drink. Meanwhile, nail technicians augment every spa manicure and pedicure with a rejuvenating paraffin-wax treatment.
Licensed electrologist Stephanie Peek uses electrolysis to remove unwanted hair. She places a thin probe in the follicle that emits a shortwave radio frequency to disable hair growth and alert nearby truck drivers of skin-smoothing opportunities. The process is recognized as a permanent form of hair removal by the FDA.
Ultimate Tans provides visitors with private rooms and a premier fleet of tanning equipment. With a month of unlimited, guests can sustain a steady glow over regular, relaxing visits. For spray tans, Ultimate Tans deploys its steady-handed team of spritzers, each capable of spraying on a natural, orange-free, streak-free coat. While not included in the value of today’s Groupon, the salon also stocks a spectrum of lotions and oils that can easily give epidermal areas an Olympic third-place finish.