At Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids, barbers and stylists focus on making kids feel at ease, trimming bangs and braiding hair as youngsters watch their favorite DVDs on demand. While settled behind the wheel of a Buzz Lightyear–cruiser or pink Barbie jeep for a highlights treatment, kids can switch from watching a DVD to playing the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. The kid-centric space caters to parties as well, where girls can get their nails done and strut down the runway during a fashion show. Besides offering parties and kids’ cuts, Sharkey’s team cuts adults’ hair, too.
Ashley Terrell at Image Salon distills a decade of styling experience into each appointment. With products by Goldwell and Schwarzkopf, she performs her specialty: color treatments. She may render a color tint, foil highlights, or shade glossing. Ashley also can shine hair through keratin express treatments or complete basic haircuts for women, men, and children.
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.
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.
LaVonda, the eponymous stylist of Madam LV Salon, draws on experience accrued over the course of a 16-year career that is still going strong. She and her team of stylists emphasize styles based on the natural states of each client's hair. They perform haircuts, shampoo follicles, and host makeup parties, all with an emphasis on augmenting the innate beauty of hair rather than constantly treating it with chemicals. Beneath shelves brimming with products from Phytospecific and Juvexin, the team also educates clients so that they might maintain hair at home or even while modeling for an oscillating-fan catalog.
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