Salon Beck's staff of coiffure craftspeople tenderly tends to tresses with an array of carefully delivered services, including refining haircuts, coloring procedures, shampoo stylings, and formal finishings. Scissor-wielding stylists are available for custom cuts for women ($35–$75) and men ($25–$75). Pale yellows can be restored to lightning-like lemon colors and fading midnight black is rescued from the harsh dawn of gray with a single-process coloring ($40–$55). Salon Beck also provides shampoo finishes ($20–$50), color balancing ($10+), brow and lash tinting ($15–$25), and more.
Get your hair ready for fish-teasing season with a haircut and style ($35+ for women) 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 to earn double profiles from airport security. An indulgent french manicure ($22+) may spiff up sorry fingernails. Or, if your new career in plantain farming has made your muscles tense and tightened, opt for a relaxating relaxation massage ($35+) and feel troubles melt away like a dropped ice-cream cone in the Sahara.
When owner Giovanni Finocchiaro picked up the phone at Face It Spa, he heard one of his clients sobbing. She had been preparing for a presentation at work, and in the process, her skin had broken out so badly that Finocchiaro recalls her lamenting, "I just can't do it. I have to see you." Finocchiaro, who once dreamed of being a counselor, told her to come in immediately. "When you help people look better on the outside, it really does make them feel better inward, too," he says. When his distraught client arrived, he tailored a peel for her sensitive skin that helped kill bacteria and calm inflammation. Within a few days, he says, "she couldn't believe … how [her complexion] was already turning around."
Inside his recently remodeled boutique, Finocchiaro caters to each of his clients in the same way. He offers them complimentary water or tea before leading them across dark hardwood floors to a candlelit treatment room. After cleansing their face, he uses a lighted magnifier to analyze their skin type, then employs PCA products and a wide arsenal of customizable facial treatments to help them reach specific beauty goals or the center of the Earth.
Celebrity stylist Amanda Kelly and her team of hair artisans smooth manescapes with Brazilian Blowout and formaldehyde-free Brazilian Blowout Zero straightening treatments. Similar to the system used to prepare a Snickers bar for interstellar travel, a Brazilian Blowout coats each shaft of hair in a nutrient-rich layer of protective protein goodness, eliminating frizz and smoothing cuticles. A stylist then blow-dries and flat irons locks, re-proteinizes, and rinses and blow-dries again. Results last up to 3 months, about the same amount of time it typically takes to eliminate frizz by wishing it out of existence.
Cultivating neck-up styles in the heart of Mount Adams, As You Like It Hair Salon's experienced head groomers turn drab 'dos into well-manicured manes and strip visages of surplus strands. Waxings keep top lips fuzz-free ($15) or banish deviant chin and cheek whiskers ($22) that have migrated from nearby kittens. Stylists sculpt tresses into trendy formations during women's cuts and finishes ($42), or snip men's scalp coverings into debonair form ($28). An oversize, brightly painted duck that waddled in from the playgrounds of yore serves as a kid-friendly throne for tykes getting trimmed ($15), and sardonic teens can secretly admire his feathers from a leather chair during their clip sessions ($20).
The Dream Body's wraps envelop clients in a warm embrace of Dead Sea salt, algae, jojoba oil, and minerals from the Mojave Desert. The wraps help clients lose inches, shrinking fat cells and eliminating toxins in the body. They also come in scents such as lavender, rose, or coconut.
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.