For more than 20 years, nail specialist Lisa Danielle has decorated thousands of nails. In one-on-one sessions, she shows each nail the attention normally reserved for needlepoint or an overachieving youngest child. OPI and China Glaze polishes work to brighten fingernails.
Within a clean, friendly facility, Toucan Tan bronzes bodies with high-quality tanning equipment, such as beds equipped with a specialized sensor that reduces the risk of overexposure, available in Harrisburg. A Mystic tan session delivers a quick, UV-free glow as the tanning booth's airbrush swivels from side to side, glides from head to toe, and experiments with Jackson Pollock–like techniques to shower the client completely in specially formulated body bronze. The booth maintains a warm temperature to ensure that skin remains dry throughout the process, allowing it to absorb the formulation for deep, long-lasting color.
After Jerry Rhodes graduated from Charlotte Barber College in 1967, he perfected his skills until he became a platform artist for the North Carolina Board of Barber Examiners, and then opened his own salon to share his gift for classic grooming with others. Today, Jerry owns two locations, and draws on 41 years of experience to direct a staff of stylists as they sculpt men's and women's cuts. The stylists can design flattering everyday styles, or doll up their clients with custom 'dos and makeup for photo shoots and special occasions. To help clients maintain their salon-fresh style, Jerry keeps his shelves stocked with professional products by Neuma, J Beverly Hills, Kenra, and Macadamia Natural Oil.
The trend-savvy stylists at Town Center Salon doll up ‘dos with Keune, Joico, and Paul Mitchell products¬¬ during a full gamut of hair-tending services. Silhouettes transform as seasoned tress techs slice away dead-end strands before sculpting a symmetrical or cross-dimensional shape. Clients in need of a chromatic upgrade can have a colorist adjust head hues with a full color treatments. Alternately, Rejuvenal Brazilian keratin treatments infuse the hair with protein-rich keratin to repair flaws and tame unruly frizz. Following application, a precisely formulated chemical cocktail subdues hair to semi-permanently straighten its structure at the compound level, leaving locks with a diamondesque luster.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right—within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services—from foundation checks to express facials—allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
The Barber Crew's rich leather couches and dark stained wood welcome men looking for a smartly decorated salon and a dapper cut. The warm and masculine environment fosters comfort and camaraderie, as customers sip on a complimentary beer or nonalcoholic beverage and shoot the breeze with their stylists or fellow males whose hair doesn't cut itself. Guests recline back, keeping one eye over the TV at each station as hot towels open pores and stylists shape scalps to one's preference. The hair experts trim or remove all the sundry hairs that creep up on a man, from waxing brows to trimming beards and mustaches. Their sessions can include a dash of testosterone-friendly products from American Crew or Paul Mitchell, and stylists offer paraffin hand treatments to restore digits to equilibrium before thumb wrestling a grizzly bear tilts the scales back toward unadulterated masculinity.