The Aveda Institutes are full-service beauty schools where esthiology students work under the supervision of licensed educators, using plant-derived, eco-friendly Aveda products to perform services such as hair styling, waxing, and massages. A haircut ($12–$18) and retouched hair color ($30–$40) chisel and paint a head into a pedestal-worthy work of art, and a relaxer ($68+) soothes strands as tight as a self-doubting horse moments before the Kentucky Derby. Whip skin into creaminess with a 60-minute facial ($40 during nonpeak hours, $60 during peak hours), de-bush brows ($10) and strip underarms ($20) with a waxing, or file, shape, and exfoliate fingers with a 60-minute spa service manicure ($15, $20 with polish change) and 75-minute pedicure ($20, $25 with polish change). Body-wrap treatments and massages ($40 during non-peak hours, $50 during peak hours ) melt away stress like a hot iron pressed against a synthetic-hair wig.
T?n Vangard isn't the kind of salon that shies away from edgy looks. Sure, the staff at the newly opened salon conditions hair with restorative oils and exfoliates skin with facials for men and women. But there's a darker, more rebellious element at play here. This is apparent not only in the radical hues that come from the color bar, but in the fact that the salon is also home to a professional tattoo parlor. A chorus of humming needles provides the soundtrack while trained artists ink custom butterflies, pinup girls, and pinup girls with nightmarish butterfly heads. Creative (and healthy) spa cocktails dial back the alternative vibe a bit; try the aptly named Beautini, which blends pomegranate, white tea, and coconut water. The salon also functions as a barbershop, where clients can opt to sip on a latte from the in-house coffee bar, as they check out the salon's unique art-covered walls.
Oftentimes, hair extensions require a rather involved process, with stylists tinkering for hours over sew-in pieces or the intricate bondings of individually applied strands. On the flip side, the process involved in attaching clumsy clip-in extensions isn't involved enough. At Carli's Creations, the stylists have found a middle ground, using tape-in extensions that can be installed in about an hour and still yield up to six weeks of wear with proper maintenance. To achieve a realistic look, they match pieces to current hair color, using them to amplify both length and volume.
The extensions are made from 100% human hair, so they can be styled just as if they were naturally-grown hair. They are also reusable, which is handy when trying to pass the dog off as a human in order to use the carpool lane.
No scissors are allowed at SWANK blow dry bar. But the stylists don't miss them?a blow dryer and a suite of styling brushes is all they need to send each guest out the door looking like a million bucks. This blow-out focused beauty bar transforms all types of hair?thick, curly, straight, long, whatever?with speedy, yet relaxing blow-dry treatments that include luxurious extras like complimentary mimosas and scalp-massaging washes. For hair in need of a little extra care, the stylists can also include a deep-conditioning treatment, and the salon even offers blowouts specifically tailored for kids and men.
When Jon T. needed a name for the traditional, full-service men's barbershop he planned to open, he didn't have to think hard. He named the shop after Dennis J. McGrath, the middle-school math teacher who was a father figure and looked out for him for 10 years. In honor of the selfless and inviting spirit that Dennis shared, Jon created Dennis J's Barbershop as a place where people could feel comfortable and welcome. From the comfort of vintage, cream-colored barber chairs, clients relax and shoot the breeze while enjoying quick trims and hot, close shaves that leave skin ultra smooth.
Lars McCann has spent more than 20 years honing his skills as an esthetician, studying cosmetology at Xenon International Academy and working as a professional makeup artist. The American Crew?certified stylist uses top organic and vegan products to administer a sweeping range of styling services, from professional haircuts to straightening treatments. A Kenra specialist, he expertly tints hair with natural hair-color products.