Aestheticians at H.I. pamper guests, painting on OPI or CND Shellac polishes, waxing brows, and affixing false eyelashes. Offering an alternative to standard polishes, organic polishes are water based, formaldehyde free, and avoid the use of toxic chemicals. Other treatments include hot-stone and prenatal massages that use Colombia organic coffee scrubs, a variety of facials, makeup application for special occasions such as weddings and proms, and organic waxing services aimed at exfoliating and leaving skin smoother.
Meanwhile, on the salon side, rows and rows of bottles, boxes, tubes, and other Paul MItchell products line the shelves. These potions allow owner Jessica and her team to create custom hair colors, and the salon's digital imaging lets guests see potential shades and hairdos before any dyeing or snipping takes place. Stylists can also perform keratin-straightening services and revitalize dry scalps and damaged strands.
Blowouts are popular for any kind of hair and can restore elasticity and softness to even the most stressed-out strands. Where a wrathful head octopus once suction-cupped stray scissors and cotton candy, a waterfall of must-be-touched feminine allure will cascade into place after the treatment. With your new, pulchritudinous mane, you'll be able to put silky lioness manes to shame at the zoo, or become an instant celebrity for hosting the first nesting pair of endangered Beauty Eagles, which only rear their young in the most gorgeous of 'dos. Thanks to their personal attention and creative touch, the skilled stylists at Phresh will channel this incredible transformation in the most pleasant possible manner.
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.
The Hair Studio’s stylists bring beauty to scalps and smiles to faces with a special focus in hair restoration, and extensions inspired owner Marietta Cioffi’s three decades of work weaving new locks for patients who’d lost their hair due to sickness or heredity. As a nod to its owner’s roots in hair restoration, the studio donates 3% of all profits to Hope Hair Loss, Inc., a sister organization that renews the hair of kids prematurely robbed of their hair by cancer or other illnesses. They also tend to the needs to natural hair, with stylists like Liz Harris smoothing strands to a velvety gloss with blowout treatments or stimulating brains with her haikus to conditioner.
Stylists at The Big Tease Salon & Boutique specialize in dressing up locks with updos, blowouts, and other styles. Circular mirrors surrounded by lime-green and sky-blue hues greet visitors of the chic and cheery space. The staff is also adept at sculpting buzz cuts or undercuts into complex designs, including interlocked hearts, sports logos, and stars. Up a short staircase, the salon hosts a little girls' "bow-tique" that's packed with accessories and outfits that range from hair bows and flowers to onesies with attached tutus. The salon also performs mani-pedis and teeth whitening, so clients can dazzle passersby with blinding smiles from reflected laser beams.
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.