Signature Service: Color and haircut
Brands Used: OYA by Schwarzkopf and GK Hair
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: Friendly atmosphere and great service.
Before Steven Trujillo heads to his salon in the morning, he takes a moment to relax in his garden, relish the fresh air, and marvel at the blossoming white roses. When explaining this ritual to reporters from the Rocky Mountain News, Steven said, "This is my peaceful spot. Once I spend some time out here, I can handle the chaos of the rest of the day." And his day certainly can get chaotic—the highly sought-after stylist is the owner of El Salon, where he snips new looks for a never-ending queue of brides and everyday clients pursuing the latest styles. The deftness of his work also has made him a popular man in the fashion world, with magazines such as 303 commissioning his work for photo shoots.
Within Steven’s sunlit salon, clients await appointments on sleek white chairs, admiring the abstract artwork and paintings that adorn the walls. A staff of highly trained specialists darts about nimbly, coloring hair, polishing nails, and pampering skin with facials. In order to stay on top of their craft, Steven and his staff routinely undergo training and take pains to monitor the hairstyle trends perpetuated by recent celebrity events and bigfoot sightings.
At Nail’d, savvy nail technicians pamper fingers and toes, and waxing specialists swiftly defuzz skinscapes. The basic mani-pedi begins with a shaping and buffing of nails and offers clients a selection of 70 dazzling polishes. Nail’d treats customers’ appendages with hospital-grade disinfectants as well as new files and buffers to ensure a sanitary hand-and-foot transformation, so feet can healthfully and confidently expose themselves to airport-security personnel. Additionally, waxing specialists decimate stubborn follicles sprouting from brows ($12), lips ($8), sides of face ($15), or the entire face ($25) as well as hair on toes ($3 per toe) or top of feet ($5 per foot).
At Beauty Bar, purple-and-white checkered floors, a disco ball, and other retro-themed decor transports cocktail hour back to the ’70s. While guests sip on martinis and other cocktails, glamour technicians beautify nails with express manicures, topping nails with long-lasting polish instead of melted-down fishing lures. The vintage saloon stays open until 2 a.m., allowing guests to flaunt their freshly dazzling nails on the dance floor during DJ nights like the hip-hop ladies night or Friday dance parties.
The take-home pedicure kits at The Denver Nail Lounge are more than a nice perk; they also help the staff uphold the highest level of sanitation and safety. By equipping clients with their own set of files, buffers, and toe separators—as well as disinfecting all tools—techs are able to divert their attention from worrying about cleanliness to getting lost in the salon’s line of pampering pedicures. This comfort has the added benefit of creating a friendly rapport between clients and technicians, allowing them to chat, laugh, and gossip about weather reports during gel manicures and brow waxes.
In addition to harboring safe practices, the salon’s interior creates a festive vibe with hot-pink pedicure thrones, bright orange pillows, and shelves boasting a kaleidoscopic rainbow of OPI polishes.
More than 25 years ago, licensed massage therapist and single mom Peggy Irvin was facing the challenges of raising two children on her own. Despite her personal struggles, Irvin dedicated her life to making other people more comfortable. She founded the original Body Massage Wellness Spa as a massage-only establishment, but through creativity and determination, has assembled a team of highly trained professionals and designed a space that is as soothing as the spa treatments on offer.
Guests sip warm cups of tea before a fragrant aromatherapy or deep-tissue massage, then head to a private room for a facial, Zerona laser body-contouring session, or Botox or Juvederm injection. During manicures, guests sit in cushy high-backed leather chairs facing wooden room dividers whose mirrored panels are ideal for admiring newly polished fingers or seeing how long you can make eye contact with yourself before it gets weird. To further banish quotidian stress, Irvin has outfitted the reception area with tranquil beige and blue-green earth tones and an abundance of plants.