Inside a renovated bank vault, stylists in training cut, color, and style the manes of their clients with Paul Mitchell products and techniques. In addition to foil color and highlights, the student stylists provide services such as chemical relaxers, deep-conditioning treatments, and perms.
After studying at Ricci's Academy in Newtown, Heather Zilliox completed an internship at a local hair-replacement clinic where she learned to work with special-needs cases. A five-year stint at an upscale salon followed, where Zilliox mastered Aveda techniques. Then, in February of 2010, the nine-year hairstyling veteran opened Inner Beauty, where she currently transforms humdrum locks into fetching, face-accentuating 'dos. All visits kick off with a detailed consultation, which helps cuts mesh with each guest's personal style, hair type, and job as a celebrity body double. A shampoo with hair-nourishing Sebastian products cleanses head-bound strands before Zilliox trims away shaggy excess during cut and style services. All tress trimmings also include a brief scalp massage, where the stylist straps a miniature pogo stick onto each finger to dole out cranial kneading. Matrix hair color products offer chromatic conversions to guests looking to change their natural hues, highlights liven up monochrome hair with attention-grabbing texture, or one-step color redresses tresses.
A seat in one of the black leather chairs at Accenté Salon is a ticket to a new look. From a fresh haircut to a smoothing keratin treatment, the salon's expert stylists have the skills to make envisioned looks a reality. They also have high-quality Redken products to help them do the job, whether that's painting on sun-kissed highlights or arranging a fanciful updo. In 2013, the salon got a makeover of its own, with new renovations upping both the chicness and comfort.
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For years, Gary Haggas collected vintage barbershop memorabilia, including midcentury Belmont barber chairs and a hot-foam shaving machine from the 1950s. Then, in May 2013, he gave his retro artifacts new life by opening his own barbershop in Brookfield. "Once I discovered barbering, I knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life," he told the News-Times.
Though the aesthetic at Gary's Barbershop is old-timey, Haggas's cutting skills are up-to-date: with four years of experience and a master-barber apprenticeship under his belt, he expertly cuts men's hair into styles ranging from conservative scissor-cuts to mohawks and leaves skin enticingly smooth with hot-shave sessions. Complimentary beer and flat-screen TVs make the barbershop a comfortable place to hang out, as does Gary's attitude: one of his favorite things about barbering is "meeting people, getting to know clients and watching kids grow," the News-Times reported.
"We're not interested in running an assembly line. Every customer is given all the time needed to achieve their desired result," explains TaNesha, owner of Solace Hair and Esthetics Studio. But customers aren't just given time; they're pampered from the moment they enter the studio, when they're handed a glass of lemon-infused spring water. Beyond its homey doors, Solace offers makeup services, facials, and waxing, and each service is lavished on guests in an attentive and individualized style. TaNesha is also the woman behind the T. Barnes Beauty Group, a collective of aestheticians, massage therapists, nail technicians, and makeup artists who provide mobile beauty services wherever they're needed.
Haircuts done at Kate Emilie's Salon feature natural looking colors, clean lines, and an overall sense of contemporary elegance. Maybe they pick up all of those qualities from the salon itself. The space is as comfortable as it is stylish, boasting cushy matte black seats, decidedly modernist mirrors and light fixtures, and wood countertops with floral highlights. In that space, the stylists deliver organic yet dazzling transformations, whether they're cutting and styling men's and women's hair, or adding a pop of color with Goldwell, Paul Mitchell, and Orbie products. They also offer waxing services for hair that isn't as welcome.