At De Riah Boutique Salon, exposed brick stands behind large mirrors reflecting stylists as they beautify their charges. Their salon services straighten, curl, and color hair, and they also embellish features with extensions, makeup applications, and ear piercing. Along with standard salon work, they perform luxury nail services and facials.
Since becoming a certified stylist in 1997, Frances has been an educator for Matrix International and has worked international beauty shows and New York’s Fashion Week. Committed to continued education, she has also pursued advanced training with both the Aveda Institute and the Redken Exchange in Manhattan.
Frances continues to propel standards at her own salon, Belleza, particularly with her signature Brazilian blowout treatments. In an attempt to reduce clients’ contact with formaldehyde, she has modified her treatments in two ways—first, she offers clients the option of using Zero+ or lite formulas. The Zero+ solution is formaldehyde-free, and lite treatments are applied in an express time frame that minimizes exposure to the product. Secondly, Frances has invested in two modern technologies that reduce airborne pollutants: Izunami fume irons, whose built-in suction components draw fumes from the air, and the Pure Air chemical-fume extraction system, featuring a 16-inch hood that is positioned above a client’s head to oxidize chemicals while also suffusing her brain with new vocab words.
At Lora's Skin Touch, meticulous skin analyses and consultations pave the way for custom treatments. Facials swaddle skin in exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acid, rejuvenating ocean-sourced ingredients and, in the case of microdermabrasion, diamonds. Combined with hot basalt-stone massages and attentive aestheticians, these treatments rejuvenate exteriors and dispel stress.
Great Clips harnesses the vast resources of a national salon chain to provide personalized, professional styling services to follicle frolickers. Highly trained hair tamers tame wild wigs and also serve as style guides through the often-intimidating tonsorial jungle, answering clients' questions about hair trends and maintenance. The stylish snipping ($13) gets started after a warm shampoo and rinse ($5) cleans scalps and washes away the melodies of musical comedies stuck in hair. Walk-ins are welcome.