Salon Allure’s licensed specialists call on expertise in hair, nail, skin, and massage services to bolster appearances and clear minds. Continually trained stylists rise steadily through the salon’s ranks as they hone their techniques, eventually gaining enough experience to provide training themselves and chop a tree in half with a single snip of the shears. Salon Allure's system correlates these levels of expertise with the stylists' prices, ensuring that clients of any budget can turn to Salon Allure for individual image polishing. Hairdressers wield Redken serums as they craft custom haircuts and banish frizz with keratin treatments. Nail services drape digits in traditional or durable shellac polishes, and five facial treatments use custom concoctions to oust blemishes, ease dryness, or boost sagging countenances more effectively than a face-lift performed during a tandem skydive. Alternatively, in-house massage therapists can transition smoothly between myofascial techniques, Swedish strokes, and the focused pressure of deep-tissue massages during custom kneading sessions.
Though La'Sonia Nicole Salon and Spa is a new establishment, the center's technicians use time-tested treatments to beautify their clients. Massage therapists rely on the traditional techniques of Swedish massage, which features long, flowing strokes that ease muscle aches and release tension. During a classic European facial, aestheticians deeply cleanse skin to brighten and smooth the complexion, and a spa pedicure leaves digits more polished than a dog that’s been taught to bark with a British accent.
Since graduating from the Aveda Institute in Washington, DC, Lisa Basta dreamed of opening an organic hair salon. Today, she has. At Studio L Salon, she uses her alma mater's naturally derived products in each of her salon services, helping her clients to adopt a more ecofriendly approach to beauty. As clients sink into styling chairs amid wooden floors and mint-hued walls, Lisa works to eliminate split ends, shape hair, and update color with a variety of services. Partial or full highlights add depth and dimension to natural hair color, and Rusk keratin treatments banish curls, frizz, and nesting birds for months. When not doting over clients' manes, Lisa doubles as a waxing artist, removing unwanted fuzz from brows and upper lips.
In the spa, registered massage practitioner Rebekah Allen integrates various modalities to perform custom treatments. Clients can also opt for scalp massages or hot-stone work, which may incorporate aromatherapy oils in scents such as freshly cut hair.
Inside these sister salons, skilled professionals revamp bodies, heads, hands, and feet with a full menu of glamorizing services. Stylists at both the Little Italy and Mt. Washington salons perform custom haircuts for both women and men and specialize in color services, doling out single-process shades, corrective color, partial highlights, or thought-illuminating skylights. They can also make permanent waves with chemical treatments or scare hair straight with japanese hair smoothing, and those looking for full-body pampering will find massages, rejuvenating facials, and nail treatments.
Chock full of environmentally conscious practices and comfy armchairs, Juste B's comfortable salon soothes fingers and toes with a slew of doting manicure and pedicure services. During the Quench My Hands manicure, frantic fingers unwind and compete to hold their breath the longest in an organic soak infused with eucalyptus and lavender, before shedding exoskeletons with an exfoliating acai-and-peppermint scrub. Not to be overshadowed, floor-based digits receive the same treatment before aestheticians smother them in a honey-almond treatment, a deep hydration that sinks softly into skin with a hot-towel wrap. For long-lasting, healthy bone coverings, hands and feet also absorb a protective coating of natural sunscreen. Finally, tendons stretch and strengthen under the invigorating attention of a capable masseuse before finger and toe tips don expressive pigmentation with a water-based polish, colored to match outfits or express a complicated admiration for Pollock.
At Neal's, a team of highly trained pampering professionals apply the latest age- and ache-combating techniques to restore beauty and bliss to flushed faces and embattled backs. During the customized, one-hour European facial, an aesthetician will perform an analysis of the frumpled face in question before administering a thorough cleansing and exfoliating vegetable peel to exorcise the ear-framed masterpiece of dead, dry skin cells (a $70 value). Afterward, a facial massage kneads away tenderness and eases facial stress brought on by years of awkward elevator small talk.