Laura Christine's Salon & Day Spa oscillates between a serious day spa for grownups and a playful beauty venue for young girls. In the salon, stylists create custom cuts, modify textures, or brighten tresses with one of nine specialized color treatments. Nail techs shape and shine up nails, all the while hydrating fingers and toes with hot oils, paraffin, or sips of bottled water. In the spa, aestheticians wax unwanted hair, soothe skin with three types of facials, or nourish the body. In addition to traditional massages, therapists perform raindrop therapy—a whole-body massage that taps into olfactory senses. During the treatment, a therapist applies essential oils in featherlike strokes. Parties for children take on a whimsical personality. In lieu of drawn-out therapies, aestheticians perform truncated beauty treatments that involve glitter, neon hairpieces, and hot-pink cosmetics. In contrast, parties for adults have an indulgent vibe—aestheticians variously lavish patrons with chocolate, adult beverages, or blank checks.
At a growing number of locations across Florida, New York, and the rest of the country, Zoom Tan bronzes bods with a spread of high-quality tanning experiences. Established in 2008, the company relies strictly on stand-up tanning equipment that are more hygienic and faster than lay-down beds. Zoom's stand-up equipment also produces a more even tan, meaning clients never have to fill in white spots later with strategically-placed freckles. In addition to the tanning equipment, Zoom also boasts a respectful, knowledgeable staff that's motivated to answer any questions that may arise.
Wood-paneled walls, vintage motorcycle ads, and a black-and-white photograph of Muhammad Ali. Any way you cut it, PJ's Barber Shop brims with sophistication and charm. The former owes to the timeless decor, while the latter stems from the fact that this father-daughter business has been in the family for more than half a century.
Though styles have changed over the years, the basics at PJ's have largely stayed the same. Classic haircuts are a matter of course here, as are hot-towel shaves. Though most of the clients tend to be men, the shop does offer some styling services for women.
There may be a traditional striped barber pole out front, but Willie's Barber Shop is anything but traditional. Within a shop embellished with sports and vintage Hollywood memorabilia, two licensed barbers cut men's hair and trim women's hair, but they also help transform looks with hot-towel shaves, fades, edge ups, and nailcare. To help guests maintain their styled locks at home, Willie's also has its products available for sale. When clients come in to get lathered up and close-cropped, the barber shop's laid-back and friendly atmosphere will make them feel welcome.
Founded in 1974 in Memphis, Tennessee, by the eponymous Sam Ross, Fantastic Sams is a family-friendly salon geared toward quality. Today, the brand spans more than 1,200 locations, employing a legion of experienced stylists as they wage wars on bedhead and uneven bangs. Wielding shampoos and conditioners crafted with provitamins and soy proteins, the staff offers services such as haircuts, color treatments, and straightening treatments.
After moving to Buffalo, Nece Bellomo found herself returning to a passion she had first discovered in her homeland of Brazil: styling hair. “I just like to make people happy, to make them beautiful,” she says, recounting how she embarked on a whirlwind of education with hair mavens from Paul Mitchell and Rusk. Seven years ago, after only six years working in other people's salons, a devoted clientele motivated Nece to open her own salon and spa.
Drawing on a sleek New York aesthetic for inspiration, Nece and her daughter—a Goldwell-educated stylist and coworker—decorated the space in blacks, whites, and silvers and hung mirrors with ornate scrollwork frames to reflect back their clients' masterful coiffures. Although Nece is drawn to modern styles and keeps abreast of the latest coloring techniques and trends, she and her team focus on shearing ’dos that suit their clients’ face shapes, preferences, and inspiration from their favorite Bjork album.
In addition to pampering tresses, the salon and spa also enhances nails with chip-resistant Gelish polish, lavishes feet with scrubs and pedicures, and waxes away unwanted body fuzz.