When MTV’s MADE was in town and needed to complete a dramatic makeover for the episode “Ladies Man,” the show knew whose door to knock. As L Spa Modern’s experts bronzed the episode’s Don Juan-in-training, they added yet another tan to the more than 25,000—including thousands of wedding tans—they’ve completed in the past nine-plus years. The salon’s automated airbrush platform darkens skin to a choice of three shades in just 10 minutes so guests can get in and out and on with their plot to mock the eternally pale moon. Before or after sessions, clients can sip complimentary cappuccinos, mochas, and lattes, or 14 kinds of tea.
Jessica McKean, owner of H.I. Salon & Spa, creates feature-flattering styles while plunging the depths of Paul Mitchell's knowledge of beauty lore. With great skill, she crafts haircuts, concocts colors, and applies makeup. The salon and spa also offers an array of other services, with relaxing massages, detoxing body wraps, paraffin facial treatments, eyelash extensions, and permanent makeup among them. Jessica also encourages her staff to hone their skills at seminars, private classes, trade shows, and by watching Edward Scissorhands with the director commentary.
Though their combined expertise spans more than a half century, all of the stylists at Studio 410 still consider themselves students of their craft. They constantly educate themselves on the latest style trends, cutting techniques, and beauty products. Their resumes speak for themselves, unlike publicist-dependent medieval kings. Studio 410, a Brazilian Blowout–certified salon, boasts stylists trained in many hair-straightening techniques, as well as colorists versed in products from Redken and Schwarkopf.
Classic Cuts Salon's stylists snip strands and reinvent styles using professional-grade products by Sexy Hair products and other top brands. It&ly 20/20 and OYA Beauty hair color helps heads keep their new hue longer with added UV protection to guard against unflattering hair tan lines. To match newly fashionable manes, the salon also offers facial waxing services to keep skin soft and smooth and Shellac manicures to keep fingers groomed and chip-free.
Sporting a vintage, no-frills atmosphere, Executive Barber Shop and its hair-trimming heroes treat shaggy lads and unshorn men to clean cuts and soothing styling. Clients relinquish their locks to an experienced tress tamer for a refreshing shampoo before settling into a cushy, vintage barbershop chair for a classic men's cut. Stylists Gail Jagger and Tim Worley will coax wayward strands onto straighter, more stylish paths, leaving dapper dudes with clean, face-flattering cuts. Styling and a soothing scalp treatment, which helps melt excess tension and stimulate blood flow, finish off the handsomeifying experience.
Southwest Hair & Day Spa's experienced staff restores lackluster tresses and weary soul sacks to healthy radiance with restorative spa treatments and professional-grade products. The Ultimate pedicure commences with a foot-relaxing whirlpool dip to soak away aches, dryness, and clingy socks. Then, nail technicians examine each foot and keratin toe shield for problems such as weak nails, calluses, and leg tension before indulging lower extremities with personalized products and massage styles, and finishing with solid or french nail polish. For more northerly pampering, three high-performance facial techniques stand by to smooth skin and purge impurities, including the Oxygenation Fresh-Air facial, which imbues suffocated pores with oxygen to soften skin and kill acne-causing bacteria; the five-phase Herbology facial to hydrate and exfoliate with herbal remedies and a paraffin mask; and the Vita Mineral Power facial, which boosts collagen production more effectively than rubbing problem areas with a Flintstone vitamin. Alternately, clients can recline in comfort while weary limbs submit to the nimble fingers of licensed massage therapists, who utilize heated stones to convince tight muscles to relinquish their stores of stress. Lackluster hair can revel in shimmering, professionally applied highlights or a dynamic full-color wash ($49–$113) for an image-changing summer makeover guaranteed to snag the attention of that aloof but sensitive headband.