Hairstylist Danae Gibson thoroughly enjoys the sight of a dour coiffure as it transforms with a bold new hue or a trendy haircut. She shapes tresses inside Salon Solay by twirling them into delicate updos and slathering locks with flaxen highlights. In addition to hair services, she coats nails in resilient Shellac polish, prunes facial hair with wax, and purifies pores with relaxing facials—or as the Man in the Moon calls them, "spacials." While she works, her guests relax amid gray walls, checkered floors, framed art, and amply cushioned chairs.
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.
While some barbers distract clients with their flashy interiors or raucous opera singing, the barbers at Joe’s Barber Shop prefer to let their custom cuts and close shaves speak for themselves. Clients recline in cushioned black chairs and relax as the crew goes to work cleaning up scraggly manes or busting bristle, and posters demonstrate various haircuts for guys having trouble committing to a style or imagining what they’d look like without shoulders.
Wall sconces line the walls like glowing pads of butter, illuminating the spa's flowing ceiling tapestries and murals of sparkling blue waterways. Amid these placid accents, skilled stylist Taylor Felger sculpts and highlights tresses with high-end products by American Crew, Redken, and Paul Mitchell. Guests also may dip into the spa's other relaxing services, which range from facials and body wraps to therapeutic acupuncture.
At Solutions SkinCare, licensed aesthetician Mandy Early calls upon a decade of experience as she personalizes each facial according to the client's needs. She can blend skincare products to address issues such as dry skin, acne, or signs of aging, and includes a relaxing massage of the face, neck, and shoulders to ease tension accumulated while watching ping-pong tournaments.
Hairspray salon has been encouraging Fort Wayne to let down its hair for more than 20 years. Skilled stylists are always on-hand for cut and coloring consultations, and are available for appointments mornings, afternoons, evenings, Saturdays, or yesterday.