Warm yellow lights linger over the salon floor like pads of butter, casting their glow on mint-green and dark-red walls. Amid these snazzy accents, skilled stylists craft equally snazzy styles and bold highlights with Raw Hair by LG. Thirteen-year veteran Lakeisha Gibson leads the team, which includes stylists as well as a cosmetologist and a master nail technician. They can render all-over color applications or refresh tresses via the soothing hydration of a deep-conditioning treatment. They also perform salon relaxers and massage therapy.
The salon floor itself is a sandy marble pattern, and elegant green plants pop against the earth tones of the rest of the salon. There are even homey flourishes such as a rustic trunk, which is either a treasure chest or brimming with pairs of scissors.
Strandz & Threadz caters to aesthetes with a cache of beauty supplies, trendy clothing, eclectic jewelry, and covetable gifts. Professional-grade shampoos ($9.95+), conditioners ($12.95+), and styling products ($9.95+) from brands such as Sebastian and Redken keep majestic manes from wandering off between salon visits, and necklace sets ($3+) and rings ($3+) glamorize the body parts on which luscious locks refuse to grow. Shy shoulders can feel at ease when hiding behind a praiseworthy purse ($19+), and timid torsos can take cover under trendy tops ($14.95). Coddle an olfactory apparatus with a selection of votive candles ($1.90), or bedeck a room with eye-pleasing bamboo plants ($7.95+).
Blondies Salon's experienced cosmetologists revamp visages by mowing down rogue hairs with their waxing services. Guests can sit back and let professional hands shape and slim unsightly eyebrows (a $7 value) and evict wandering whiskers from the chin and lip (a $10 value). Patrons can also have a follicle artist lop off dead ends and uneven layers, styling locks to and around their hair-heart's content. Afterwards, mono-toned manes receive a splash of highlights that brighten up the hair like a prison searchlight locked on an escaping tin-man.