At Cost Cutters Family Hair Salon’s more than 840 locations across the U.S., skilled stylists are always standing at attention. The salon prides itself on being appointment- and hassle-free—thus the team is ready for walk-ins and for any request, whether it be a haircut, styling, coloring, perm, or access to sealed government files. While performing all services, the staff wield CC Professional products—which range from shampoos and conditioners to hairstyling and finishing formulas—to cater to specific hair needs, such as moisture, color care, or volume. They also top tresses with select products from Paul Mitchell, Redken, and Back to Basics. Though the stylists don’t lack for creativity, customers can browse the style gallery, chock full of photos of past customers, to find inspiration for new hairdos or names.
Over time, Da~Vi Nails International has expanded to more than 200 locations. At each of these salons, friendly nail techs tend to clients’ fingers and toes with products by OPI, Tammy Taylor, Orly, and Creative Nail Design. In addition to traditional manicures and pedicures, they embellish talons with silk-wrap overlays, nail sculptures, and airbrush designs of flowers or milkmaids.
State-licensed manicurist and nationally certified massage therapist Brenda eases the chronic pain of fatigued muscles and occasional embarrassment of unkempt nails at Cosmic Touch. She draws from 15 years of experience and an education from a COMTA-certified school and the Aveda Institute of Beauty and Wellness to deliver Swedish and therapeutic massage, targeted foot reflexology, and manicure and pedicure services. Shellac manicures are available to keep polished surfaces chip-free for up to 2 weeks or one tool-free attempt at carving your initials into a tree.
At Wax In The City, the cream and hard waxes are blended specifically to minimize discomfort. Stringent about this technique, each in-house aesthetician is trained on how to properly blend and apply the waxes, stamping out any inferior methods the aestheticians may have picked up at other waxing businesses. In addition to keeping clients comfortable, the staff also keeps them safe. They strictly forbid double dipping and wear gloves during each waxing service.
The master aestheticians at Lashes to Waxes have a complicated relationship with hair. They seem to be on good terms with eyelashes, which they regularly lengthen and enhance with extensions. Hair across the body doesn’t fare as well at their salon, where they swiftly clear bushy patches with strips of wax. Aside from the services alluded to in its name, Lashes to Waxes aims to keep women “feeling pretty and feminine in today’s society” with exfoliating facials, body wraps, masks, and salt scrubs. A nail technician with more than 10 years of experience meticulously grooms fingers and toes, painting nails with splashes of color or portraits of one’s extended family.
Now under new ownership, Beau Cheveux boasts a staff of experienced cosmetologists who transform lackluster lid covers into bountiful blinkers with professional eyelash extensions. The service makes lashes appear fuller and longer without makeup, and their waterproof quality makes them conducive to fluttering at fish or singing in the rain without the threat of mascara cheek stains. Adhered to the natural lash, extensions last six to eight weeks, at which point clients can opt to have them filled ($50+ extra) or let them shed with the natural lash cycle. Beau Cheveux's chic and elegant salon befits peeper pampering with floral arrangements and warm lighting to foster relaxation.