Embroidered sombreros. Vintage car parts and license plates. Framed photos and old electric beer signs. The cerulean walls at the locally owned Anvil Barber Shop brim with bric-a-brac that seems to tell stories from days when the shop’s strait-razor shaves and comfortable barber chairs were the norm. The staff errs on the side of traditional attention to detail at those retro seats. They administer precise haircuts and classic hot-towel shaves while their of-age guests sip at complimentary beer and whiskey.
Sit Still specializes in fun and gentle styling services for children, tweens, teens, and full-grown humans. A Sit Still haircut ($25) includes a shampoo, cut, blow-dry, and style, with a quick buzz ($10) or a trim ($8+) also managing shaggy moppet mops. Cuts for 11-year-olds and up are available ($30+), as well as special stylings such as up-dos and braids ($20+). Add color to your offspring's head-hide with highlights, temporary coloring, and permanent coloring services ($45+, $5 per foil) that bring chromatism to chromes boasting yawn-inducing natural hues. Mini-manicures ($10) and pedicures ($15) are also options for digits left dirtied and dulled by backyard dinosaur-fossil excavations.
In her private chamber within Elements of Style Salon & More, Nicole Cereghino is cataloging all of the ingredients found in beauty products that clog pores. The list is long and full of surprises such as algae extract, cocoa butter, and spackle, but Cereghino has devoted her business, Pure Radiance Revealed, to restoring skin's healthy glow without them. Instead, she relies on fruit enzymes and natural acids to gently buff away dead and damaged tissue during her six specialty facials. Particle-free diamond microdermabrasion furthers this goal with minimal irritation to the skin, and soft, LED light and microcurrent technology promote cellular renewal below the surface for a firmer, more youthful complexion. Cereghino also takes an interest in waxing and styling hair, particularly the creation of romantic weaves and updos for wedding parties that she executes in tandem with colleagues at Elements of Style Salon & More.
AuRycl Tan owner Pashia Fischer knows the ins and outs of the spray-tan business. A former operations director for a large sunless-tanning company and a tinting artist for a loyal clientele, Pashia struck out on her own in May 2011 and hasn't looked back since. Along with a team of friendly account managers, she markets her proprietary line of sunless-tanning products across the country. Pashia's solutions—from an odor-free spray tan to a fast-drying bronzing mousse—bring a hint of sun to numerous salons and image-conscious owls.
At Superior Nails, nail technicians pamper guests with services that make for beautiful hands and feet. During pedicure treatments, guests settle into cushy high-backed chairs while they dunk their feet into soothing soaks and techs slough off dead skin to reveal feet that are smooth as a baby seal first emerging from its egg.
After four years in the industry, Stephanie Styles of Shear Fabulosity has grown accustomed to being called a stylist, but she prefers artist. At her new location inside Nassau West Salon, Stephanie approaches clients as blank canvases awaiting her imaginative cuts, colorings, and signature scrawled on the lower right-hand side of their face. The licensed cosmetologist specializes in highlights and coloring, but she is also adept at nurturing locks with deep conditioners and waxing away unwanted fuzz.