Floor-to-ceiling glass walls enclose The Edge Hair Salon, making the chic Roosevelt Field mall beauty haven hard to miss. Inside, deep coral hues and black accents surround a team of stylists, who together have more than 30 years of hair-sculpting experience. The crew tests the shampoo-filled waters with modern snipping techniques and updates dull hues with highlights and single-process color treatments, eliminating most reasons to go bobbing for apples in a tub of paint. For special occasions, airbrush-makeup artists flawlessly apply foundation and colorful eye shadow to complement elegant updos.
When it came to naming their environmentally friendly beauty destination, Hope and Jeanie chose the Greek word FOS, which means light. At FOS LIVING Eco Salon, Spa & Store, clients are welcomed into a relaxing environment where organic products, skilled aestheticians, and good health for both people and the environment are at the forefront.
When coloring hair, stylists use the most natural brands they can find for services including highlights, single-process color, gray coverage, and smoothing treatments. When Hope or Jeanie can't find a product that meets their rigorous standards, they put on gloves and whisk up their own organic products without compromising the quality of the result.
When they apply makeup, they use a proprietary line of cosmetics devoid of mercury, lead, parabens, and other harmful chemicals. Hope even created her own facial serums, which are never heated and packed with natural and organic oils from Ikaria, Greece. Clients can experience these products and others during spa treatments and hair services, or buy some for use at home. While they're at it, they can also purchase Hope's jewelry designs, which have been highlighted on Vogue.com.
Christine Adkins and Amy Gabarini, the owners of Textures Hair Studio, draw on their Goldwell Academy and John Paul Mitchell Systems training to provide clients with beautiful styles. Using Goldwell coloring and other products from brands such as Paul Mitchell, Nioxin, Onestà, and KMS, they and their team shape hair with a variety of services including haircuts and styling for men, women, teens, and children. They also specialize in services such as updos, men’s grey blending, perms, hair relaxers, and standard- and partial-foil color treatments.
Salon Blue bolsters stylists' expertise through carefully calibrated training programs, helping to earn them name-checks in magazines such as Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and InStyle. The hierarchy at the salon begins with creative stylists, who hone their craft through ongoing education as they collect the six golden curling irons required to ascend to the level of artistic director. To obtain the top rank as a master director, stylists must study under hair gurus such as Vidal Sassoon and John Sahag, and they often show off their skills as platform artists at beauty shows. Though their titles vary, stylists at every level of expertise can deliver haircuts, color treatments, and makeup applications using Dex New York modern mineral makeup. Floor-to-ceiling windows fill the salon's minimally decorated floor with light and allow straightening treatments to set via photosynthesis.
Expressions Salon & Spa's beauty mavens augment their extensive experience with continuing education so they can lavish digits with advanced polishing and pampering techniques. Nourishing oils and aromatherapy set a tone relaxing enough to forget about the molting sparrows in the kitchen throughout the nearly two-hour duration of the spa mani-pedi treatment. Sea-salt crystals partner with creamy balms to clear rough, hardened calluses from hands and feet, preparing fresh soles and palms for a hydrating massage. Afterward, hands and feet are bathed in a jewel-toned tide of OPI lacquer.
Liz and Rich Carroll, the husband-and-wife duo behind Studio360 Lifestyle Center, both hail from a health-and-beauty background: she is a stylist, and he is a personal trainer. Today, they lead a staff of educated stylists inside a 3,000-square-foot salon. Hairstyling tools and mirrors hang on chainlink fences in the industrial space decorated with graffiti and street signs, as well as an indoor fire escape that grants bird's-eye views of all the action. In addition to salon services, the facility also features a jewelry counter, a café, and the Invictus Athletic Club, a fitness center that hosts small-group training and boot-camp classes.