Sleek black-leather chairs and black-and-white accents work in fun contrast with High Maintenance Salon's vivid purple accents. Stylists here pride themselves on their friendly, personalized haircare services, which include smoothing relaxers, intricate braids, curly Wave Nouveau treatments, and lengthening sew-in weaves. Haircuts, color treatments, and waxing services are also available.
The staff members at Essential Styles have mastered head-to-toe beauty services. They take on unkempt hair with haircuts and relaxers, enlisting the help of Paul Mitchell, Essations, Mizani, and Nairobi Professional products. Or, for an entirely different look, they sew in or bond weaves. For faces, they arch eyebrows and thicken lashes with extensions. Finally, they turn to fingernails and toenails, rounding out their top-to-bottom treatment menu with manicures, pedicures, and intricate nail art, such as drawings of smaller toenails on larger toenails to mimic a matryoshka doll.
Get your hair ready for fish-teasing season with a haircut and style ($35+) from one of Salon Urbanity's innovative stylists, or artificially infuse a sun-kissed look into your 'do with full foil highlights ($70+). You can also freshen up for an upcoming passport photo with a microdermabrasion treatment ($120+). Salon Urbanity's skilled technician will peel away the years by exfoliating the top microlayer of facial skin, leaving it looking refreshed and young enough to earn double-profiles from airport security, and an indulgent French manicure ($22+) will spiff up sorry fingernails. And if your new career in plantain farming has made your muscles tense and tightened, opt for a relaxating relaxation massage ($60 for 60 minutes) and feel troubles melt away like a dropped ice-cream cone in the Sahara.
Most popular service: Color and haircut
Brands Used: Joico, Paul Mitchell
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Pro Tip: A picture is worth a thousand words. When I am doing a clients hair, picturess are appreciated.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
I have an instructor license in cosmetology, several certifications from natIonal brands of keratin smoothing—including Chi, Pravana and Enjoy—and color education including Joico, Paul Mitchell, Goldwell, Wella, and Rusk. I also have specialized training at the Dudley Academy for textured/curly hair.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
Color. It is the best way to change your look, whether the change is bold or subtle.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
I listen to each client's needs, then try to create a look that fits their lifestyle. I show them easy tips on how to re-create a look at home.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I am a multi-culture stylist with almost 20 years of experience. Curly hair is my specialty.
Nestled between street-level boutiques on the Square, the quaint Hyde Park Salon employs a staff of coif caretakers to revamp hairdos in its exposed-brick and Tiffany-box-blue sanctuary of style. The baseline cut-and-conditioning service transforms outmoded beehives into elegant styles, infusing individual strands with strength and luster. A color retouch preserves shimmering hues, and partial highlights crowns crowns with subtle contrast. Color treatments are performed with Aveda's full spectrum hair color system. This blend of organic botanical oil helps condition hair and delivers beautiful shine and vibrancy.
Stylist Ken Meade taps into his extensive styling experience—including advanced Redken and Aveda training—to beautify his clients’ hair at Christopher Marcus Salon. As with the other salon stylists, Ken specializes in cuts and color treatments, determined during the consultation that begins each styling session. Other services include color, highlights, and perms.