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.
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.
Ruby Beauty Center lends Eastern flair to salon and spa services that beautify hands, feet, hair, and skin. Henna imbues manes with rich auburn tones ($25+) or, during mendhi sessions, dapples hands with intricate designs of flowers, leaves, and bar-exam answers ($7+ per hand). Staffers daub away unwelcome whiskers from underarms with powerful wax ($7) or gently twist free visage vines with threading ($20 for full face). A thermo herb facial ($55) undoes the effects of tense muscles and gorgon-staring contests by evacuating pores with warmth and salving skin with botanical ingredients.
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