Robin Ford tends to hands and feet at Expression Salon alongside a staff of other nail technicians and hairstylists. While she works, staff members dole out a wealth of beauty treatments—from haircuts and color services to facials, waxing, spray tans, and gel manicures. Stylists use products by Thermafuse, L'Oréal Professionnel, and Kenra. The salon's coral-colored walls and punchy green accents surround visitors, along with free WiFi and our collective unconscious.
In the sumptuous confines of Glamour! Beauty. Body. Boutique., chandeliers glimmer above pink-and-white-striped walls, plump black sofas, and rose-colored armchairs. Marie Antoinette and her courtiers would look at home amid the salon’s ornate black scrollwork and pink satin.
From the salon walls, the framed visages of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe watch deft stylists wield Paul Mitchell products as they snip and color clients’ locks to reflect classical dos or avant-garde trends. The team can also lengthen locks with hair or feather extensions and craft updos for formal occasions. In addition, the salon offers facials that use Bioelements products, waxing services, and eyelash extensions.
The Big Funky Hair Salon rounds out its funky vibe with vintage furniture and bright fuchsia walls. Skilled stylist Brandi Kendall uses these quirky accents as her muse while crafting custom cuts and colors to fit each individual's features. Clients may also solicit the salon's nail stylist for a mani-pedi or 3D nail art in a diverse array of designs.
The professionals at Salem's Elite Hair Salon & Spa bring more than 20 years of experience to the styling table. When they aren't busy taming manes or weaving in dimensional highlights, Betsy, Sheri, Lisa Ann, Tina, and Tami can be found performing a slew of other feel-good treatments, such as waxing services that allow clients to duct-tape themselves to each other without fear of a painful aftermath.
Reflections Salon is nestled within a gray-shingled house, where it surrounds clients with soft green walls as Yufang Luo augments their natural beauty by skillfully rendering Chinese tradition-derived salon services. Vibrant red pops from plush chairs, which, like trains and the people who award Olympic medals, are hoisted on elevated platforms to facilitate easy pedicure work. This work involves Chinese reflexology techniques, such as stimulating acupressure points. Sleek leather strips atop the manicure station cosset elbows in comfort as Luo works to open energy channels while simultaneously prettifying nails.
In addition to its expertise in follicular evictions, Unique Arch boasts a convenient downtown State Street location with free two-hour street parking, resulting in stress-free hair removal of even the most unruly head caterpillars. Walk-ins are welcome.