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.
At Sunlight Beauty, nails don’t have to scratch their way into the spotlight—they are the one and only focus for the team of nail technicians. That focus means they execute meticulous manicures and pedicures with gel, Shellac, and basic polishes and include additional treatments such as sugar scrubs to exfoliate and soften hands and feet. They also affix acrylic nails to digits and enhance individuality with custom nail art.
The Shellac manicure begins like many manicures do—but immediately there is something different. Star Nails’ meticulous technicians trim, file, and shape fingernails, tame cuticles, and apply seemingly standard polish with a remarkable attention to detail. And then something really sets it apart. Hands suddenly find themselves beneath the glow of a UV lamp, where rays typically associated with the sun and George Clooney’s blinding smile have been corralled to cure that seemingly ordinary polish into chip-resistant nail shields that last for up to two weeks. They also pamper sore and tired feet with skin-softening salt scrubs, hot-towel wraps, and hot-stone massages.
DayDream Oasis Salon & Spa's recently renovated digs host relaxing interludes from workday stress and the wearisome passage of time. Natural and organic Bioelements products replenish visages ahead of upcoming giraffe staring contests during anti-aging facials. Aromatherapy massages employ high-quality essential oils to evoke relaxation. On the salon side, savvy stylists update coifs with a full array of haircuts, coloring, and permanent curls and straightening.
At Creative Images, stylists glamorize clients with contemporary hairstyles and salon services. During appointments, the staff invites guests to enjoy coffee, water, and cookies that were baked instead of blow-dried.
Everybody’s skin is different; as a result, everybody’s personal tanning needs are different. That’s why Always Tan offers Norvell sunless spray tans, which are customized to clients’ shade preferences to give them natural-looking body color. The Norvell process takes about 15 minutes, and tans continue to develop in richness over 24 hours, much like the long-lost relatives of lottery winners. In addition to sunless tanning, the studio provides clients with the option of four levels of UV tanning and carries tanning products and lotions from brands such as Designer Skin, Swedish Beauty, Australian Gold, and Supre Tan.