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.
Profiles Hair Salon's experienced hairstylist, Audrey Dunning, wields Redken and Nioxin haircare products as she sculpts and shapes locks into freshly trimmed ‘dos. To ensure each client receives the ideal styling, Audrey provides a one-on-one consultation to discuss their hair-related needs and hairband-related phobias. Then, she begins beautifying manes with an array of treatments, ranging from cuts and updos to feather extensions, keratin smoothing treatments, facial waxing, and creative hair coloring that features fashionable shades such as blue, pink, and yellow. Audrey keeps her own head of hair up-to-date on the latest industry trends by attending continuing education classes.
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, and like an elocution coach, their resumes speak for themselves. 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.
Studio 410's manager and styling expert Coby Smith embodies this pursuit of knowledge. She graduated valedictorian of her class at Rudae's Beauty College, and she has trained in many famed salon brands: Goldwell, Matrix, and Pureology just to name a few. All of these skills come into play at the salon chair, where Ms. Smith works closely with her clients and comes up with the ideal style. Amid the salon's minimalist zen-like decor, she uses varied cutting techniques and hair styling approaches to bring clients' hairstyle goals into chic reality.