Ron Crider is a licensed massage therapist with practiced hands and a single focus. He conquers stress and tension at The Trove Salon, a hair studio specializing in chic and trendy styling. While his colleagues help The Trove's guests look good, Ron's task is to make them feel good, which he does through Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot stone massages.His Swedish massages use light pressure and long strokes to soothe stress and facilitate all-around relaxation, and deep-tissue massages target specific pains or points of tension. The hot stone massages combine elements of relaxation and deep-tissue massage, resulting in a soothing treatment that loosens the muscles enough to play the limbo against action figures.
The all-lady team at Shear Madness Hair Salon boasts more than two decades of combined experience working in the beauty industry. The successful salon is based upon one fundamental principle: help every client feel more like him- or herself. The stylists carry out that mission by enhancing hair with cuts, styles, and coloring and providing other aesthetic services, including mani-pedis, waxing, and massages. The salon also houses a lineup of beauty products, enabling clients to finally build that shampoo moat around their house.
If you walk into Blanc Studio planning to color your hair, you may just walk out with a brand new purse. After coloring 100 clients, the studio draws the name of one of those 100 clients and gifts them a Coach bag. This commitment to go above and beyond for a good experience becomes evident in other ways as well. A 52-inch television equipped with Netflix and a gaming system entertains kids as their parents relax in the stylists’ chair, and the studio’s master stylist approves each coiffure before clients depart or stay to use the Wii.
The highly trained staffers at Perfect Eyebrows shape a clean and precise hairline by swiftly plucking out strands with thread. Said to have originated in India, eyebrow threading techniques are all-natural—foregoing chemicals, lasers, and other irritants—and usually also cause less pain than tweezers or waxing. During sessions, beauticians double-strand pieces of thread over full lines of hair to extract it with a swift tug, similar to the process of removing a loose tooth or unpopular state senator.
Tessa grew up with scissors in her hand. Her father’s salon was a staple of her Missouri community for 25 years, and there she learned the ins and outs of cutting hair to face shape and blending luxurious color highlights. Today she continues her father’s legacy, employing Matrix and American Crew brand products to transform tresses in Genesis Salon. Amid the studio's industrial-inspired décor, she joins four other stylists in crafting contemporary styles designed to work with each client's lifestyle and fashion tastes.
Hannah Gonzales's workspace—Salon De Capello—is almost as posh as the flattering 'dos she creates there. The waiting area’s leather chairs and bearskin rug create a homey feel, though the salon’s corrugated-metal accents add an industrial-chic twist. Hannah cuts, colors, and highlights manes at a minimalistic styling station with a full-length mirror that doubles as a portal to a world where most people are left-handed. Here she also arranges tresses into delicate updos for weddings and proms.