White vertical blinds, ivory wicker seating, and decorative metal wall hangings evoke a homey feeling inside Timeless Hair Studio. While patrons relax in black salon chairs, friendly stylists cut and color strands and slather Moroccan Oil and Schwarzkopf products onto manes. They also remove unsightly lip fuzz and unruly brow hairs using warm wax.
The comb twirlers at Cutter's Gallery attend annual conferences to keep up their styling chops and stay abreast of tress-taming trends and techniques. The stylists—who specialize in updos for proms and wedding parties—listen closely to customer's desires before wrestling with wayward tresses until they succumb to a coif capable of turning the head of a 19th-century statue. After a lathery shampoo and precision cut, a pelt designer meticulously styles your 'do as you relax in the warm subdued coloring of the spacious salon. A blow-dryer sends gusts of wind flitting through a newly-pruned follicular forest much like a lesson on French history sends Napoleon jitterbugging through a sixth-grader's daydream.
Bill and Amy Zemaitis, the co-owners and creators of Elevation 138, oversee a team of impeccably trained stylists and technicians specializing in hair, nail, and facial-waxing services. With help from high-end Redken and Pureology products, salon artists grant hairdos renewed reasons to frolic in the breeze, shimmer in the sun, and stick to freshly applied lip gloss. Chocolate-brown walls enclose pedicure-seeking patrons as they sink into cushioned massage chairs for Shellac or traditional polish applications. The salon's earth-toned walls, architectural columns, and mouldings contribute to an upscale, yet serene, atmosphere. Like a mother's advice or a neighbor's Sunday paper, consultations are always free.
The Style Bar takes its name literally—a real, marble-topped bar forms the centerpiece of the decor, framed by hanging wine glasses and martini-themed art. Amid the warm orange, yellow, and mahogany tones of the walls and wooden furnishings, the salon’s three stylists cut and color coifs on men, and women. They specialize in dark-to-light ombre highlights and balayage highlights, hand-painted streaks that mimic natural highlights from the sun. Nail services such as manicures and gel nails round out the aesthetic offerings and include indulgent add-ons.
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.