As owner of Ruby Blu Salon, Michael Barone brings 13 years of experience to its styling operations, overseeing staff members who sculpt tresses amid exposed ceilings, track lighting, and portraits of models with stylish 'dos. The son of a professional hairstylist, Michael followed in his father's footsteps—a difficult task, as they were filled in with hair clippings. In addition to traditional haircut and color services, his team smooths frizzy tendrils with keratin smoothing treatments and nourishes coiffures with products by Moroccanoil and Kemon Nayo Organic Color.
At Salon Posh, friendly stylists shear, shape, and shade tresses with an extensive menu of custom services. In a basic haircut, expert staff members trim and tame the head-mops of men ($28+), women ($40+), kids ($18+), and sheep weary of unflattering shearings. Specializing in adding hues to 'dos, Salon Posh offers full-color treatments ($55+) and partial and full highlights ($70+, $85+), with the option to engineer a color tailored to individual clients' heads. Meanwhile, the Kroma Life pigmented conditioner treatment ($15) protects color through up to six shampoos and one mid-rainstorm musical-production number. The warm personalities of Salon Posh's staff heat the space's cool modern aesthetic, dotted with broad-bordered full-length mirrors in which patrons can admire their new coiffures or espy chronically tardy white rabbits.
Providing a fun and festive environment that dazzles wide-eyed youngsters, Snip-its takes the stress out of maintaining the locks of jittery tykes. A kid-friendly staff maintains manes while ensuring safety, which is of paramount concern, by providing chairs especially designed for miniature adults. During the cut, melted crayons and various knickknacks are snipped away from tussled noodle nests, leaving locks as fresh as the day they were born. After the follicular wreckage is brushed off, children can play with a bounty of animated gadgets and games. With so much to keep young eyes occupied, the atmosphere almost feels like that inside the house that Ruth built—Disneyland.
Stepping into Nadwa Hair Spa is almost like stepping onto a movie set for a futuristic film: bright overhead lights shine across metallic accents and row upon row of high-tech hair-dryers and styling gadgets. Inside this innovative space, owner and master stylist Nadwa Yono puts forth her training from the renowned Trevor Sorbie of London to pamper and style both men and women. The stylist and her crew sling products from Pureology, Aquage, and Morrocan Oil as they snip and color locks or weave extensions, wigs, or second faces into hair. Aestheticians and massage therapists set up camp in secluded mint-hued rooms, where they wax away unwanted fuzz, tailor facials to treat acne, aging, or sun-damaged skin, and tenderize sore muscles with deep-tissue and hot-stone massages.
Laurie Smith has experienced a lot of things. She studied sociology and Asian cultures in college with an emphasis in the Chinese language. She worked as a security guard at high-risk locations. But she didn't discover her passion until she went into the beauty industry. She approached hair styling with the same energy and dedication as she had the rest of her studies, and graduated with honors from the Aveda Institute of Royal Oak.
Today, she straightens, extends, colors, and cuts hair of all textures. She uses products from her alma mater, Aveda, as well as industry professionals she finds inspirational, such as Paul Mitchell. More than the products or training, though, she believes her passion sets her apart, and helps her clients have a truly great experience in her chair.
In a pastel-toned spa sanctuary, the certified cadre of aestheticians and nurses perform a symphony of cutting-edge beauty services, backed by more than 60 years of combined experience. State-of-the art treatments include medical microdermabrasion, which showers skinscapes with a mist of super-fine aluminum oxide crystals to alleviate acne scarring, soften fine lines, and free up foreheads so they can be rented as ad space. FDA-approved VelaShape sculpts smoother body contours using a combination of bipolar radio frequencies, infrared light, and mechanical massage, and dermal fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane fill in fine lines from laughing and frowning or indentations from motorcycle helmets.