Pure Essence Salon's team of style savants metamorphose messy mops using organic hair products, including the GMO- and preservative-free Shear Miracles line. During a men's or women's haircut, a shampoo purges scalps of dirt, oil, and Nutella before a blow-dry wafts locks into place. A pneumatic leather chair ensconces clients as coiffeurs snip, shear, and finally style strands into trendy new ’dos. Alternatively, a keratin treatment with formaldehyde- and paraben-free KeraGreen formula can smooth stubborn frizzies until they're as sleek as an otter wearing a leather jacket. The two- to four-hour process begins with a special shampoo to prep hair for absorption, followed by keratin application across 4–6 sections of neatly parted tresses. After manes soak up proteins such as collagen, l-cysteine, and the tears of Hulk Hogan, beauticians seal in shine with a flatiron.
The friendly staff at Art-Tiff, recently selected as one of the nation’s fastest growing salons by Salon Today Top 200, pride themselves on supplying a deeply therapeutic experience through beauty-boosting spa treatments. Art-Tiff's licensed aesthetician luxuriates the outermost epidermal stratums with the Signature Experience aromatherapy facial, which hydrates and oxygenates thirsty skin cells with an aromatic bouquet of iris, rose, and lily extracts. During the complexion refurbishing, Comfort Zone skincare products sink deep into pores cluttered with debris and lost library books while guests lean back and lose themselves in a fragrant world of relaxation. All facials at Art-Tiff include a décolleté massage of the upper chest and shoulders, along with a gentle hand and arm massage to mollify biceps jealous of overpampered cheekbones. After a heavenly hour spent in the salon’s upscale confines doused in relaxing hues, patrons will leave basking in a rosy aura conducive to peaceful reflections and spontaneous musical numbers.
The name "Arianna" has Greek and Italian roots. Those Mediterranean cultures also inform the attitude and treatments at Arianna's Retreat, which has been in business for five years. The treatments include a wide range of cosmetic procedures designed to defeat oiliness, rosacea, and other skin issues and also to relax the body. In that same vein, massage and body treatments chase away tension with everything from hot stones and sugar scrubs to wraps and moisturizers. In addition to individual treatments, there are packages designed for celebratory bridal parties, patrons looking to get away for a weekend, and couples.
Odyssey Salon and Spa pampers patrons with friendly, personal care in a relaxing environment. Each member of the spa's staff has been trained in the most advanced techniques of the industry, ensuring a soothing and rejuvenating treatment based on knowledge and skill rather than unpredictable magical incantations. Customers can choose from a number of whisker-wiping waxing options, from the chin ($15) to the toes ($20) to a full bikini or facial wax ($35), helping them effectively shed their winter coats in anticipation of the summer's warm weather, beach trips, and Slip 'N Slide commutes to work. Hair havers can also focus on their head-top topiaries with a complete deep-conditioning treatment ($45). Follicular stress is alleviated with a 10-minute scalp massage complemented by a wash and style, leaving hair free of tangles, angst, and lost car keys.
Although Luxe's stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians dedicate themselves to soothing and pampering clients, green business practices remain one of their highest priorities. They seek out organic skincare and haircare product lines for their shelves and utilize eco-friendly tricks to reduce their waste and pollutant production. This ecological sensibility lends even more of a contemporary air to the 5,000-square-foot spa, with its modern, armchair-like wash stations, Italian-designed spa equipment, and holographic receptionist. The menu of services at Luxe is far-reaching and even includes a "just for men" section; among other things, the staff can style tresses, massage overstressed muscles, and rejuvenate faces with vitamin- and antioxidant-rich skincare products.
Before hitting the salon floor, students at American Beauty Academy first complete a regimen of classroom coursework and hands-on training on models and Barbie dolls caught in the wild. It's only then, under the watchful eye of instructor supervisors, that they're set free to show off their newly acquired hair, skin, and nail care skills to clients. Available services include not only women's hairstyling, but also color, chemical treatments, and men's barbering.