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.
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.
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.
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.