Led by hairstylist and fashion designer Takayah Norris, the staff at Royalty Hair Palace Salon & Boutique aims to live up to their name, treating all of their clients like queens. They achieve this by approaching beauty from multiple angles: they sculpt stunning hairstyles, professionally apply make-up, summon fresh layers of skin with facials, and stock the racks of their boutique with custom-made clothes and accessories. Therapists also perform deep-tissue, Swedish, sports, shiatsu, and reflexology massages to soothe away any lingering stress spawned from choosing a hair color that best compliments your favorite pair of Groucho glasses.
Cheveux Hair Salon's nail-detailing doyen, Melissa Goepfrich, pampers and revitalizes fingers and toes with a six-part spa mani-pedi. The process begins with an aromatherapy soak, which soothes nails' nightmares of being nibbled and supplants fears with dreams of looking lacquered. Then a cuticle conditioning and exfoliating scrub evicts impurities and buffs finger and toe façades to a dazzling sparkle. Hot towels envelope extremities in a terry-cloth embrace, releasing them just in time for a deep massage to ease away the daily stresses of work and high-pressure thumb wars. Finally, Goepfrich will awaken brush from bottle and grant nails three wishes in the form of an OPI base, color, and topcoat.
Salon Cheveux's nail technician, Christy, creates fingertip works of art using a variety of glamorizing materials and procedures. A new set of pink and white acrylics ($30) imbues nails with a durable dual-tone gloss and distinctive click when tapping on hard surfaces such as glass panes or diamond tables, whereas the CND Shellac ($20 for color, $30 for french) covers fingertip shields with a wet gleam that preserves its liquid sheen long after drying. To inject a dash of sparkle into rich hues, clients can request a gel nail frosting ($35 for a new set), which causes nails to pop with the addition of glitter. Inside the salon, soft-pink walls can bestow a sense of comfort and brightness, like a teddy bear that can write in Latin.
Experienced stylist Becki Bryce lavishes personal attention on coifs with the Chi Enviro American Smoothing Treatment, whose formaldehyde-free formula tames curly or unruly strands for up to four months. The system supplies hair with amino acids, proteins, and hypnotic whispers, adding shine and silkiness as it eliminates up to 95% of frizz. During the 90-minute appointment, Becki applies the smoothing treatment and locks in the formula's bonding power with a flat iron. Patrons leave the salon with a take-home kit that includes Chi shampoo, conditioner, and a silk serum to help to keep tresses as smooth as Tony Bennett on ice skates.
Southern Style Barbershop tames unruly manes with services that trim both scalp- and face-bound fur. During 30-minute cuts and shaves for men, barbers craft coiffures to top gentlemen-attached heads, conveying mature masculinity more effectively than World's Greatest Dad onesies. A razor shave clears throats of scraggly, nascent beards and a 10-minute neck and scalp massage melts pent up muscle tension and relaxes stressed heads. Women's cuts include a relaxing shampoo and finish with a blow-dry to ready 'dos for polished reentry into unpredictable extra-barbershop conditions.