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.
Sun Tan City's tanning centers house an armada of bronzing vehicles designed to polish bodies, rain or shine. Tanners can burrow into the belly of any of four levels of tanning beds for 10- to 20-minute bronzing sessions. Fast-level beds slowly steep skin with a solid base tan, and Instant-level beds boldly bronze pelts with a larger ratio of UVA bulbs, coaxing melanin out with paparazzi-like attention and promises of leading roles. VersaSpa sunless, open-air booths airbrush epidermises with a water-soluble plant-based solution that goes on evenly, resists staining clothes, and, unlike rolling around in a puddle of fudge, darkens skin without leaving a sticky residue.
A Bumble and bumble exclusive salon, Salon Haven styles, shapes, and smoothes all manner of dermis coverings with a variety of hair, nail, and waxing offerings. Upgrade antiquated skull crowns with a full color, haircut, blow-dry, and style, and finish the follicular journey with an express keratin treatment, which will sink 20,000 leagues into the hair shaft for smooth stylings, combings, and slow-motion head bangs. Those that run at a slower style pace can have their pick of any of Salon Haven's services, including haircuts ($40 for women, $20 for men), coloring (starting at $45), and waxing (starting at $12).
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.
The Grande Salon employs a team of highly trained stylists, many of who have been in the industry more than 25 years. Below bling chandeliers that recall an antique train station, these hair gurus transform tresses with high-end products by Redken, Biosilk, and American Crew. Clients may also solicit the salon for an invigorating facial, hair waxing, or cultivate a sun-kissed complexion with a private spray-tan session.