Most people who claim that their biggest clients are fictional characters are either liars or lawyers. But hairstylist Kim Difato has the pictures to prove it. The 20-year beauty-industry veteran has lent her styling chops to beloved characters from theatrical productions of Guys and Dolls, Sweeney Todd, Miracle on 34th Street, and Chicago, in between stints styling fashionable hairdos for weddings, editorial shoots, and video productions. Her modern sensibilities and deft fashion skills merge to create artistic cuts and styles, vibrant colors, and Keratin Complex smoothing treatments that help manes to go from manic to manageable in two to three hours.
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.
Through Salon 944’s glass storefront, passersby can see a full stock of Bumble & bumble shampoos and serums for sale, the first clue that the salon is certified by Bumble & bumble to use their high-quality products. The staff specializes in keratin treatments—which restore smoothness and manageability to frizzy hair—as well as relaxers, hair extensions, color correction, and trendy hairstyles.
Two years after becoming a hairstylist at the age of 35, Jackie Jeffko opened Shades Above, her personal styling station within Escape Hair Salon. Here, the Redken- and Goldwell-trained color artist transforms locks with foil highlights and lowlights and corrects color ruined by box-dye mishaps and permanent-marker disasters. Jeffko’s wide-ranging skill set also includes Brazilian blowouts and Thermafuse treatments, as well as Blow Pro blow-drying techniques for styling hair of any texture.
Head Over Heels Hair Studio spruces up bodies and minds with an ample menu of salon and massage services. Clients leave neck knots and tethered tendons to the able mitts of Corey Deloy, a licensed massage therapist trained in a variety of muscle-melting techniques. Backs relax at the application of a Swedish massage, which uses light to medium pressure to reduce stress, in the same way that eyes relax at the sight of Magic Eye puzzles in aurorae borealis. If anxiety centers require additional fathoms of muscle mining, excavators can sign up for a deep-tissue massage, which employs deep pressure to release knots and free corporal yachts from sore moorings.
At Nuance Hair Design & Day Spa, stylists draw upon top-tier products by OPI, American Crew, and Sothys to revitalize façades amid earth-toned confines. Hair services stretch beyond basic cuts and color treatments to include Bionic straightening and spiraling, and nine facials battle afflictions as diverse as acne, fine lines, and stuck clown noses.