Candles flicker inside the marble fireplace, sending droplets of light into the colonial revival–style home, built in the 1920s, that houses Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa. Hardwood floors and tan leather seating compose a warm color palette, and WiFi—installed by the ghost of the original architect—keeps busy guests connected. After appointment reminders land in their email inboxes, clients step into the earth-toned sanctuary for services ranging from basic mani-pedis and beard trims to all-day spa excursions. Guests pluck from a menu of massages, facials, waxing, and haircare, and such treatments are combined in packages for individuals and couples.
Quintana's soothing sanctuary doesn't just speak for itself. Patrons banded together to vote the salon into CityVoter's top five for Best Barber in 2009 and Best Manicure and Pedicure in 2009 and 2010. The spa's acclaim page also spotlights press recognition of Friendliest Staff, Best-Looking Storefront, and Most Helpful Combs.
As a child, Carmen Honaker liked to style the hair of her Barbie dolls. Now an adult, Carmen has graduated to cutting and styling the different textures and types of hair of her human clients. Carmen believes in keeping hair healthy and uses Paul Mitchell and Joico products with each cut and color.
Lounge Barber Shop & Tattoo Studio styles clients from head to toe with haircuts, tattoos, and piercing services. Men's haircuts include razor shaves and treatments with warm, steamed towels. The tattoo studio's process begins with a consultation and stenciling of the client's desired custom tattoo before the artist gets to work. Afterward, the staff leaves clients with comprehensive aftercare instructions.
At Situations Hair and Nail Studio, a multitalented team applies makeup, extends lashes, and sculpts brows to help beautify clients for special occasions. After the crew has worked its magic, resident stylist Latoya steps up to the styling chair. Latoya frames the artwork produced by her compatriots with curls or straightened locks, both of which can be swiftly enhanced by extensions and sew-ins. She uses natural products as often as possible in order to help clients feel as healthy as their locks. And above everything, she welcomes all manner of customers, describing her salon as a “down-to-earth no-judgment zone.”
As its name implies, Salon 180 isn’t known for playing by the book. From its funky decor—a mélange of vintage accents and asymmetrical shapes—to a staff that prides itself on relentlessly pursuing continuing education, the full-service salon finds plenty of ways to subvert and exceed first-time customers’ expectations.
Though they have years of experience cutting and styling hair, the salon’s team of stylists claims particular expertise in chemical treatments such as corrective color procedures and highlights. In private treatment rooms, massage therapists ease tension with full-body Swedish techniques or targeted sessions that narrow their focus to sore pitching arms or stiff vestigial tails. Just as the stylists and therapists draw on professional products to enhance their treatments, the spa’s skin and body specialists use advanced toners and technologies such as radio frequency and light energy to stimulate collagen production and clear skin of blemishes.