Standing behind her station inside Salon Brio, Marin Owen cuts and styles the hair of her clients while drawing on experience she acquired by specializing in haircuts and spa services for men at The Boardroom Salon for Men. Owen also grooms jaw lines with precise straight-razor shaves and trims and polishes nails with manicures and pedicures. Clients can ask for a subtle no-polish look or long-lasting Shellac polish, which can withstand time in the boxing ring much longer than traditional color.
Since 1981, the experienced beauticians at Nina's New Image Salon have been extricating rogue hairs to reveal smooth skin surfaces. Using a combination of mind control and the clinging powers of heated wax, the professional pruners slim and shape eyebrows ($15), smooth underarms ($30), and de-hair lower legs ($50). Skin-smoothers can also opt for a full-facial wax ($45) to refine all surfaces of smile mantles, or revitalize torsos with a back or chest waxing ($60 each). The waxing session leaves skin free of fuzz for up to eight weeks, which is exactly how long it takes to mash eight potatoes with a pin.
Most of the time when kids go to get their hair cut, they're lucky if they're able to watch a movie they've seen a thousand times or play with the single toy the salon keeps on hand. But even that doesn't generally happen. And because most salons don't bother to entertain kids, haircuts can be a difficult thing for them to sit through.
Yet, when kids go to Snip-its Kids Hair Salon and Spa, they get an adventure. Staffers first hand kids a Snip-its Adventure Club card, and then invite them to sing along with the salon's own cast of animated characters. There's Curly Comb, the adventurous Flyer Joe Dryer, and the group's leader, Snips, an anthropomorphized pair of scissors with a shock of brown hair. This same crew stars in computer games and activities that kids can play at each salon station, which dazzle eyes with more bright colors than a car covered in Lisa Frank stickers.
While their clients explore imaginative worlds, stylists use a proprietary line of natural and allergen-free products to create buzz cuts and bobs. At the end of the process, kids visit the Magic Box. The enchanted device awards kids a prize in exchange for a swatch of hair. On special occasions, stylists can also photograph a baby's first haircut or transport girls to Tinseltown during a Hollywood Party.
In order to make every salon experience exciting for kids and relaxing for adults, Snip-its Kids Hair Salon and Spa's partners with Autism Speaks and trains stylists to work with kids with autism.
The sea-foam green and beige interior lined with Christmas lights and art gives Stars Organic Salon a cozy feeling. Clients can sit back and listen to live vocals, or enjoy a cafe meal and a glass of wine during services. The ambiance is so welcoming it feels like nothing could ever harm you, and once you look at the back of the salon's chemical-free products, you'll realize you were right. Certified-organic colorists and stylists only use organic salon treatments, and eschew the harsh chemicals and ingredients that damage hair. They rely on the power of plants in shampoos that incorporate the natural sunblock of sunflower oil, and in coloring products that use toxin-free organic oils to create long-lasting, dimensional tones. This helps to not only give clients stylish and original 'dos, but also healthy locks that maintain styles better.