At Antonio Melani Salon & Spa, there’s more to a haircut than trimming off split ends. Before each treatment, stylists fire off questions to garner information about their clients' visions for their hair, their lifestyles, and their daily routines. They then analyze their face shapes, hair types, and skin tones so they can design a look that accents their features, in addition to their personalities. And after all that, they still don’t start cutting until they treat scalps to a sudsy shampoo and purge stress from the shoulders and neck with a soothing massage. From there, their creativity and hair-cutting talent shines, as they take into account everything gathered from the consultation to create a chic, yet practical style. After ribboning locks with foil highlights or glosses, they style strands with Aveda products and teach clients how to re-create the looks at home or in a telephone booth during a superhero mission.
Though hair is clearly the bread and butter of Antonio Melani, the beauty team also caters to the skin and body with several treatments, including a gentleman’s facial featuring licorice root and hot-stone massages. The aestheticians also smooth skin with sugaring—a gentler and tastier alternative to traditional wax.
Though their resumés are packed with impressive credentials from academies such as Aveda and Vidal Sassoon, it's the stylists' commitment to passing that knowledge on to their clients that sets Bella Dolche Salon and Spa apart. During each service, stylists carefully explain how to replicate results at home using Aveda products and offer tips personalized to each client's hair type and lifestyle. While hair artists demonstrate how to deal with hair that won't stay curled, the salon's estheticians tackle complex skincare dilemmas with help from an Aveda Elemental Nature questionnaire. By assigning clients to one of four skin types, estheticians can personalize treatments to balance dry, aging skin, sensitive complexions, or oily skin prone to breakouts.
The details are what matters at Enrapture Salon & Spa, which is why complimentary beverages, such as spiced tea and cucumber water, are offered to clients at the start of their appointment. Stylists then use a keen eye for detail—from studying face shapes to determining eye colors using a piece of broken-off rainbow—to transform manes with Organic Color Care System color, 100% human hair extensions, and thermal hair straightening techniques. Finally, a complimentary hand massage and Jane Iredale makeup application are included with every salon service.
Along with making their clients' fingers and toes look groomed and glamorous, safety and cleanliness are top priorities for the techs at Shayla Nails and Spa. They sterilize all of their pedicure baths between each visit to ensure a germ-free soak, use sterilized metal implements that are clean enough to use as drink swizzles, and use organic sugar scrubs. These practices provide clients with a welcome peace of mind, allowing them to sit back and relax while nails receive vibrant coats of OPI or CND polish.
Owners Eric and Cristina Richerson care deeply for their salon and it shows in the hospitality. Their upscale barbershop Jonn Laurenz Fine Cuts specializes in precise men's scissor cuts tailored to the needs of the individual. Clients may also solicit the shop for a facial-hair trim or uber-close lineup with a classic straight razor.
Dr. Chen-Ying (Richard) Huang has a former patient to thank for his foray into holistic medicine. It was during his time as an occupational therapist in Taiwan that he noticed a dramatic surge in progress for one of his recovering patients. Upon inquiring into this change, Dr. Huang found that the patient had tried acupuncture to augment his rehab, with great results. That's when Dr. Huang began to explore acupuncture and other alternative forms of healing. At Amazing Alternative Acupuncture, he combines Western and Chinese medicinal approaches to assuage physical and emotional pain with treatments such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal supplements, and NAET allergy relief.