The refurbished home lounges so sleepily against the tree-lined property that it is hard not to knock on the door before entering. Inside, though, the salon is wide awake. The walls swell with installments of deep orange and verdigris, which crackle against the dark wooden hair stations and matching mirrors. Chatter drifts from stylists in individual consultations as they prepare to clip, color, treat, or extend tresses with Paul Mitchell and natural Carol's Daughter products.
Quieter still, the throaty rasp of emery boards draws eyes to nail technicians armed with warm oil, paraffin wax, and long-lasting OPI polish. Recognizing that the body deserves coddling too, aestheticians promote circulation with leg massages or improve air circulation by throwing one of the salon chairs through a closed window.
Licensed aesthetician Jackie Millner, owner of A Nu You DaySpa, pampers guests with soothing facial treatments. Along with signature facials, she can cater to more specific needs, such as those of teens or gents. Her microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels also target skin concerns, such as fine lines or age spots, revitalizing skin for more youthful glows.
At Judy Fann Nail Call at Charisma Salon, Judy Fann wields luxe products from brands such as CND and OPI to shape and primp clients’ digits. Bottles of polish line the walls at this private salon, complementing chic decorations such as pink chairs, leather seats, and a plush leather lounger shielded by bamboo.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular service: Relaxation pedicure
Brands Used: OPI and China Glaze
Pro Tip: If you will not be on time for your appointment, please call 15 minutes prior to reschedule.
Part art gallery, part salon, Alter Ego has two distinct faces. But like the layers of a chic haircut, the two blend together perfectly into something more creative. Canvases small, large, and gigantic surround the loft-like space, from the couch in the waiting room to the styling stations themselves. The artwork takes many forms: maybe pen and pencil creations from artist Kevin Ponce, or urban street art from the likes of Grey Griffin. On special occasions, DJs spin tunes to celebrate the opening of a new gallery exhibit.
It's the perfect setting to inspire creativity in the salon team, who cut and color hair for men and women. Those looks become even more nuanced at the Blow Dry Bar. Here, clients choose from nine base styles, such as the BE Short (short, sassy, and textured hair) or the BE Glam (a bold, retro look). From there, they can choose add-ons including the BE Healthy treatment for split ends or the BE Pampered treatment for a 10-minute scalp and neck massage.
Before setting out on his own, Douglas Carroll earned his stripes through years of training, studying under three-time British Hairdresser of the Year Anthony Mascolo and winning more than a dozen international awards along the way. His accolades earned him a client list peppered with athletes and TV personalities, and his cuts found their way onto the cover of numerous trade magazines.
Now the owner of his own salon and spa, Douglas oversees master, senior, and junior stylists who believe in his goal of exceeding client expectations with haircuts and color treatments. The crew at his med-spa specializes in all-over pampering, doling out skin and body treatments that leave pores glowing and stress vanquished.