When you're dreaming up a new look with the stylists and nail technicians of Garcia's Hair Salon, the sky's the limit. Hair can transform into perfect ombre ringlets or sleek, subtly highlighted bobs, and mani-pedis impart styles ranging from coy (crisp French tips) to dramatic (glittering 3-D embellishments that recite Shakespeare when held up to your ear). Such versatile fashions demand an equally stylish setting, and Garcia's decor delivers: accent walls alternate between cream, red, and brick, and a healthy dose of sunlight keeps the moods as lofty as the updos.
Swirls, sparkles, and colors that flow seamlessly from light to dark adorn the fingernails and toenails that leave NIAN Dur? Hair and Nail Studio, situated within Mocha City Beauty. In addition to nail art, the technicians apply colorful acrylics and permanent french whites. To match the gussied-up mitts, the staff also caters to hair of all textures with a variety of styling treatments.
Warm leaf-green walls ascend from a sprawling hardwood floor at Sizzor Trix, where friendly beauty boosters tend to nails and hair in equal measure. The waiting area’s black leather loveseats overlook an immaculate, mirror-lined space where shears snip through men’s and women’s haircuts, and a mani-pedi station renovates digits. Patrons sink into a plush pedicure chair that, unlike those at most conventional salons, comes equipped with a foot-soaking tub not swarming with orphaned jellyfish. With gentle hands and sharp eyes, an expert eyebrow threader excises superfluous strands using the ancient method, less painful than traditional plucking, of tying thin cotton threads through brows to speedily strip foreheads.
With its starkly elegant black-and-white design scheme, On Stage Salon exudes a modern vibe that belies its 40 years in business. Ornate chandeliers illuminate the cushy, ebony salon chairs, from which stylists transform the manes of women, men, and children. A time-honed slate of services draw from cutting-edge products such as Moroccanoil, Paul Mitchell, and Wella color. The mirrors at each styling station—along with the delicately painted curlicues above them—reflect clients' newly minted perms, waves, and Slinky extensions.
The Lather Lounge is a Paul Mitchell–focus salon that creates an atmosphere which allows clients to look and feel their best with a menu of indulgent hair services. Before opening her own salon, Lynn Griglin spent 2.5 years honing mane-management skills at Vidal Sassoon in Chicago, before working as an educator for Paul Mitchell, where she trained fellow stylists in the art of hair chromatics. Her equally dedicated staffers conjure pleasant visits by providing two complimentary services of the client's choice, such as a steam facial or neck massage, with each haircut, waxing, or skin treatment. In addition to snipping signature 'dos and shaping eyebrows into elegant arches or intimidating lightening bolts, The Lather Lounge contributes to several charitable causes, including cancer research and an organization that uses hair clippings to clean up oil spills.