The eponymous stylist at Claudia's Hair Studio brings more than a decade of expertise from Vidal Sassoon, Wella, and other elite training programs to her cozy one-chair salon. Clients sip coffee or wine and listen to relaxing music as Claudia trims away split ends and accents hair with all-over color and foiling. In addition to cuts and color, Claudia specializes in formal occasion up-do's. The studio's services also include waxing for lips and chins. Claudia consults with each client in a relaxed and private environment.
While one staffer carefully draws on an intricate henna tattoo, another uses two twisted threads to cleanly remove unwanted facial hair. This is the Threading & Henna Salon, where the team specializes in Indian beauty services, including herbal facials. The licensed aestheticians are also experts in waxing and makeup applications, which they can tailor to a night out, a wedding, or an afternoon black-tie barbecue.
International Institute of Cosmetology founder Carmelo Gugliotti began his career as a professional hairdresser when he was 16. He gradually built his passion into a successful business, entering international competitions and earning leadership positions within multiple cosmetology groups. Now supported by his beauty-minded family—including his wife and three sons—Gugliotti trains stylists and aestheticians in rigorous, accredited courses.
As part of their training, students offer a full menu of hair, nail, and spa services that incorporates Wella coloring and Dermalogica skincare products. Instructors supervise each treatment to ensure pupils don’t disregard protocol or use their untutored genius to make clients too beautiful for this world.
The decor at Top Level Salon may be simple, but its treatments are anything but. A flash of color at the ends gives hair a trendy ombre effect. Eyelash extensions take the place of mascara for a bold, dramatic look. And instead of being done with traditional brushes, makeup is airbrushed on to ensure a flawless application.
Inspired by her heritage, owner Paula Anzellotti named her salon Forbici, which translates to “scissors” in Italian. Anzellotti opened the salon with consultant Deena Fazzio, recruiting experienced beauty professionals to upgrade clients' hair, nails, and skin. Cuts and colors add subtle or dramatic changes to hair dos, and waxes groom brows, lips, and chins. Nail technician Michael draws from more than 30 years of experience to make fingertips and toenails look sharp and professional as they scratch lotto tickets.
Unlike the playground game it takes its name from, Rock Paper Scissors Hair Salon has nothing to do with competition. Instead, the staff members—who have more than 35 years of combined experience—emphasize cooperation as they work closely with their clients to craft personalized looks with their extensive assortment of hair services. Inside the modern and sleek salon, in which red fixtures dangle like stalactites, the stylists work their magic with high-end products from Goldwell, L'Oréal, Simply Smooth, and Moroccanoil. The team also encourages clients to enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, wine, or their choice of a high-five or bear hug—but customers must supply the bear.