The sassy stylists at Se Faire Belle primp patrons with a variety of shearing, sculpting, shading, and waxing services. Leaving no lock unloved, Se Faire Belle stylists use quality Aveda and L'Oréal Professionnel products as they administer custom cuts for men ($20+), women ($38+), and children ($15). The salon’s highlights and lowlights ($76–$91) add subtle flecks of follicular pigment, and the partial or full color ($55–$95) transform dull strands into brilliant sidewalk statements. For more aesthetic gains, guests can always banish infringing fringes of eyebrow, lip, or chin fuzz with a proper waxing ($15 each) or cut all ties to Santa with a full-face wax ($45).
Stylist Julie Kalm cuts and colors hair inside a small, intimate salon with polished wooden floors. Before getting your hair done, you can hang out in a welcoming waiting area that has plush armchairs and new magazines so you can keep up with the hairstyles of Supreme Court judges. She and the other stylists work at roomy styling stations with full-length mirrors.
Inside First Impression Salon & Day Spa, a team of 16 stylists, 4 nail technicians, and 2 aestheticians revitalizes clients from head to toe. Stylists carefully snip tresses into flattering ’dos and add a level of shimmery dimension with highlights. Nail techs pamper hands and feet with mani-pedis, topping nails with long-lasting OPI gel. Inside private rooms, aestheticians exfoliate skin during facials and remove unwanted hair with waxing services for the lip, chin, and eyebrows.
Visiting six bars in a single day usually results in a haggard appearance. But at The Body Bar, you can stop by six bars in anticipation of heading downtown for a seventh. That's because the staff specializes in beauty as its prime intoxicant, administering hair, nail, and other spa services at their respective stations. The Nail Bar gussies up fingers and toes with Minx adhesives or Gelish polish, both of which resist wear and tear for two weeks without the protection of fiberglass thimbles. At the Wellness Bar, massages soothe aches and the heat from an infrared sauna helps induce detoxifying sweat. Seasoned technicians strip away unwanted hair at the BeBare Bare, whereas the Blowout Bar’s stylists work with the hair you have, crafting quick new 'dos with washing and blow-drying. You can finish primping for a night on the town with a custom airbrush tan at the Bronze Bar, or head to the Beauty Bar for a makeup application, teeth-whitening treatment, or eyebrow and lash tint.
Part of what makes Julie Martin the stylist she is today has a lot to do with her experiences on both sides of the chair. She kicked off her career as a professional model, getting an impromptu apprenticeship in the types of tricks and techniques that go into creating a magazine-quality look. Eventually, she channeled that experience—along with some time spent training as a Paul Mitchell stylist—into her own boutique.
At La Vita Salon, she treats her clients like models in their own fashion shoot, talking through details and style preferences to pull off a look original to that client. In addition to haircuts and blowouts, Julie applies professional color and constructs elegant updos that increase her clients chances of getting voted “Most Updone” for the office yearbook.
Redken, Loreal, Bio Ionic, and Brazilian Blowout aren't just names of brands or Donatella Versace's favorite cats. They're also some of the credentials listed on stylist Irina Volkova's resume. Having spent nearly a decade training with these and other products, she continues her education behind the salon chair every day. As a part of her dedication to her clients' styles, she also continues to attend advanced training classes in the latest products and techniques. With her own space inside ?Elite Hair Studios?where she runs Your Style with Irina?she offers her clients services that include highlights, perms, and up dos.