Though they’ve earned multiple nominations in Best of CitySearch categories such as Hair Extensions and Hair Weaves and Hair Straightening and Relaxing, the influence of Soho Salon’s staff reaches far beyond their doors. The team has also cultivated hairstyles and looks for local photographers, fashion designers, and magazines, as well as the film and theater industry.
These aestheticians gather their influence from current hair trends in cities around the country, but aren’t limited by urban aesthetics. Using approaches customized to each client, they perform cuts for men and women, correct DIY color mistakes, and add a glossy sheen to tresses with double-process color and foil highlights. In each service, they use only high-end products—such as Kerastase, Moroccanoil, and Kevin Murphy—that they deem acceptable for strengthening hair or erasing stubborn shampoo stains.
Solar Eclipse Tanning Salon doesn’t hide its bold intentions in the shadows. The salon’s staff members envision “putting the sun out of business,” a hyperbolic mission that they accomplish, in part, with four types of UV-tanning beds. Unlike the sun, all of these beds are regularly sanitized and outfitted with fresh bulbs to ensure a glowing base tan or a dark bronze coat.
Not content to merely mimic the sun’s rays, the salon takes a different route entirely with a Mystic Tan booth that spritzes the body with a UV-free bronzing formula. This formula comes in two shades, each of which lasts for up to seven days with proper care. In a red-light-therapy bed—also free of UV rays—therapeutic light repairs skin to improve the appearance of fine lines and render tattooed treasure maps more legible.
From within Sola Salon Studio, Zeena Dosunmu runs her eponymous Perfect Skin by Zeena. A certified and licensed medical aesthetician, Zeena has styled camera-ready faces for networks including CNN and TNT and has anointed brides-to-be in special-occasion makeup that can withstand tears of joy and up to 20 rounds of the chicken dance. Now with more than 25 years of experience under her belt, Zeena welcomes patients into her skincare space for exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments and facial peels, signature permanent makeup, and Endermologie cellulite-reduction treatments.
The experienced master stylists at Princeton Salon and Spa overhaul coifs with customized salon services that employ plant-based Aveda products. At the onset of each one-hour haircut appointment, the stylist consults at length with the client to determine hairstyle goals and penchants for standing in wind tunnels before cleansing and soothing scalps with an Aveda stress-relieving treatment and massage. Scissors snip tresses into personalized cuts before sculpting locks into a sleek style. Mane-tamers also add full or partial foil highlights using Aveda’s 97% naturally derived color, which adds subtle shimmers or all-over tinting to hair canvases. Like a greedy child's visit with Santa, appointments for full highlights typically last about three hours.
Four Seasons Nail Spa's staffers have more than 30 years of experience. And they take their motto, “Indulge Yourself”, seriously. To that end, they render six different kinds of pedicures. During an herbal spa pedicure, for one, a certified nail technician preps feet in a salt soak before removing dead skin cells with a natural sugar scrub. The technician also massages candle wax oil into skin and follows that up with a hot-rock massage and hot-towel wrap. During other pedicures, a nail technician scrubs feet with milk and honey or treats cracked heals with crushed allspice berry.
The staff can also perform luxe treatments on hands during manicures that may soften skin with heated mittens or fruit from the African baobab tree. Pampering doesn’t stop there. The nail salon also presents facials, threading, and waxing services.
Beauty is more than a goal at Ruby Beauty Center. It's a mission. Working traditional Indian influences into Western aesthetics, the skin, hair, makeup, and massage experts help men and women achieve everyday beauty and specialize in bridal makeovers. Whether seeking softer, younger-looking skin via one of the spa's dozens of facials, or catching all eyes with mehndi makeup for the hands and henna for the hair, clients can enjoy total self-transformation without setting up an elaborate teleportation accident. They also offer waxing, hair coloring, and threading treatments.