Paju’da’s band of rock-star stylists, fronted by Cynthia Nava, transforms overgrown head hedges into well-manicured manes. Cynthia employs Goldwell and Moroccanoil products while working on manly locks ($20 value), women's 'dos ($37), and children's tresses ($15), with no additional fee for imaginary friends. All-over color treatments ($75) paint locks in high-definition hues, and partial ($77) or full ($97) highlights or lowlights may accent each strand's au natural luster then finish with a haircut. For finger-bound cuticles, a Shellac manicure layers newly trimmed and buffed nails with long-lasting Shellac polish, able to withstand even the most aggressive tickle fights.
From within CoCo & Company, stylist Jessica Torpey keeps busy sculpting the tresses of men, women, and children. Before each service, she holds a complimentary consultation to help her better understand each client?s beauty goals. Afterward, she gets to work lightening locks with an ombre technique, smoothing unruly frizz with a keratin relaxer, or creating elegant updos with curls. When she?s not focused on hair, Jessica spends her time spray-tanning her clients or sleeping on a big, heavy cushion called a ?mattress.?
Cheveux Hair Salon's nail-detailing doyen, Melissa Goepfrich, pampers and revitalizes fingers and toes with a six-part spa mani-pedi. The process begins with an aromatherapy soak, which soothes nails' nightmares of being nibbled and supplants fears with dreams of looking lacquered. Then a cuticle conditioning and exfoliating scrub evicts impurities and buffs finger and toe façades to a dazzling sparkle. Hot towels envelope extremities in a terry-cloth embrace, releasing them just in time for a deep massage to ease away the daily stresses of work and high-pressure thumb wars. Finally, Goepfrich will awaken brush from bottle and grant nails three wishes in the form of an OPI base, color, and topcoat.
Salon Cheveux's nail technician, Christy, creates fingertip works of art using a variety of glamorizing materials and procedures. A new set of pink and white acrylics ($30) imbues nails with a durable dual-tone gloss and distinctive click when tapping on hard surfaces such as glass panes or diamond tables, whereas the CND Shellac ($20 for color, $30 for french) covers fingertip shields with a wet gleam that preserves its liquid sheen long after drying. To inject a dash of sparkle into rich hues, clients can request a gel nail frosting ($35 for a new set), which causes nails to pop with the addition of glitter. Inside the salon, soft-pink walls can bestow a sense of comfort and brightness, like a teddy bear that can write in Latin.
Experienced stylist Becki Bryce lavishes personal attention on coifs with the Chi Enviro American Smoothing Treatment, whose formaldehyde-free formula tames curly or unruly strands for up to four months. The system supplies hair with amino acids, proteins, and hypnotic whispers, adding shine and silkiness as it eliminates up to 95% of frizz. During the 90-minute appointment, Becki applies the smoothing treatment and locks in the formula's bonding power with a flat iron. Patrons leave the salon with a take-home kit that includes Chi shampoo, conditioner, and a silk serum to help to keep tresses as smooth as Tony Bennett on ice skates.