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.
The staff at Simply Sassy Kids Spa knows that children aren't immune to stress, whether it's caused by school, sports, or convincing their parents to eat broccoli. That's why its colorful, pastel-hued salon aims to relax young girls and instill them with positive self-images. They accomplish this through services that add kid-friendly touches to spa classics, such as mani-pedis with bubblegum hand soaks and fizzy, ice-cream-scented footbaths. The pint-sized pamperings—which also include updos and makeup application—delight girls during everyday visits as well as parties, which let kids nibble cupcakes atop cushy beanbag chairs.