Master stylist Stephen Nutt, an industry veteran of 21 years, uses cutting-edge products to craft classic and innovative hairstyles for clients from a range of ethnic backgrounds. In addition to designing custom color and cuts, Nutt is a certified Hairdreams extension specialist and an authority on relaxing and conditioning services, which save hair from performing tiring calisthenics. He designs and crafts unique and glamorous styles for weddings and special occasions, and has performed hundreds of keratin hair treatments. Nutt hones his craft at Elements Hair Studio, a multiroom salon with intricately patterned wood and tile floors, plush pedicure chairs, and full-length mirrors.
When hairstylist Scott Schuman opened Illusions in 1990, he was joined by a team of cosmetologists and stylists who also happened to be his longtime friends. With this tight-knit crew in tow, Scott and his business partner, Teri, opened up the salon’s current location, a sun-drenched space with wooden floors and glimmering display cases filled with professional-grade hair products. The staffers, who consider themselves members of the same extended family, perform a wide array of salon services, from men’s and women’s cuts to color treatments and elegant updos suited for formal events or fancy games of laser tag.
A haircut isn?t just a haircut for stylist Lauren. She starts off each appointment learning her clients? grooming routine, face shape, and hair type to create the most flattering looks. Then she gets to work, snipping off split ends and adding any desired layers or bangs. For those clients who'd prefer longer hair instead, Lauren sews in weaves. To change up hair colors, she mixes dye in classic blond or turquoise hues that pepper locks with face-framing highlights, and Lauren also offers keratin treatments that smooth frizzy and curly hair.
Each appointment at CXC Salon & Spa is like a mini makeover. Stylists use Redken, Big Sexy, and Joico products to help them transform clients? hair into fresh new dos. Technicians paint nails with bold hues in a special OPI gel polish that helps prevent chipping. Other visage-enhancing services include airbrush tans and permanent-makeup applications. Swedish and hot-stone massages work to relieve guests of stress and tight muscles.
Eden Salon & Spa specializes in hair, skin, and body services. Hairstylists offer cuts, coloring, and keratin treatments; then nail technicians take the baton and spruce up fingers and toes with manicures and pedicures complete with long-lasting Shellac polish. Also on hand are massage therapists who loosen muscles and spirits with Swedish and deep-tissue massages.
It’s hard to tell if you’re walking into a pedicure studio or a Victorian sitting room. A client relaxes in a throne-like leather chair while a nail technician tends to her feet, and yet it feels as though a butler could walk in at any moment with high tea. Perhaps it’s the nail technicians, who seem to be fawning over royalty, or perhaps it’s the room’s ornate mouldings, matching the patterned wallpaper and rug, and polished hardwood floors. That distinct sense of place elevates both of Parlour on the Avenue’s locations, both housed in buildings constructed in the 1800s—one receiving a preservation award from Indiana Landmarks—and both with two floors bedecked in Victorian decor.
On the ground floors, the staff dotes over visitors with hair, nail, skin, and spa services. The second floors house Victorian wet spas—spaces where clients enjoy privacy and indulgent services such as whey baths, hot-stone massages, and stories read by Charles Dickens. To enhance the results of each service, Parlour’s team recommends aftercare products from its stock, such as lotions from Hempz Body Care and Pino and face-care formulas from Control Corrective.