At The Beauty Lounge, owner Erin Blackston promotes an atmosphere of clean, angular cuts and time-honored sophistication. The former platform artist for Rusk International leads a staff that includes a former color educator for Framesi and a Redken educational artist, alongside other specialists who excel in everything from fusion hair extensions to straightening treatments by Pravana and Coppola. Aside from cuts, up-styles, and blowouts, the crew excels at gray coverage and far-out color combinations, making the salon a popular choice among Akron's boldest heads and aging clown population.
Artistic prowess doesn't just appear overnight. It takes years of practice. That's why each of Dino Palmieri's salons, including the Dino Palmieri Salon & Spa, employs stylists dedicated to staying at the top of their games. The skilled stylists give each client one-on-one attention to ensure every hair service comes as close to the client's vision as possible, which is why it was named by readers of Cleveland Scene as the best hair salon in the city. The stylists add depth to hair with highlights, smooth rebellious strands with GKhair treatments, and apply expert perms to reshape hair's texture until each strand would turn Louis XIV green with baroque envy. That same level of personalized attention carries over into the salon's meticulous nail services, which clients can upgrade with moisturizing white-tea masks or herbal foot peels. Waxing sessions use body-safe Nufree botanical wax to keep skin calm and collected while hair says its goodbyes. Deep-cleansing Darphin facials can be infused with essential oils and plant ingredients such as orange blossom and licorice to relax clients and bring them closer to nature than sharing a hibernation den with their favorite grizzly family.
Soft music whispers inside Studio 43 Salon and Spa, welcoming guests to kick off their shoes and relax. Massage practitioners and aestheticians work in private rooms, loosening tight muscles and smoothing away face-wrinkles. Manicures and pedicures are enhanced with hand and foot masks and a skin-softening scrub. Meanwhile, the salon half of the business pampers clients with haircuts and coloring services.
Studio Luxe doesn't believe hair should be cut; it should be sculpted. That's why its stylists employ the Sahag method of styling, also known as dry-cutting. The brainchild of prominent stylist John Sahag, dry-cutting allows for the client's hair to fall at its own discretion, without the manipulative tactics of water or aggressive switchblade combs. It also invites clients to candidly remark about the work in progress for the mutual benefit of both stylee and stylist. Studio Luxe Salon also specializes in Joico hair coloring, hair waxing, and nail renovation with long-lasting gel Shellac polish.
The friendly, meticulous nail technicians at The Scissor Room pamper hands and feet with a relaxing 90-minute manicure and pedicure. After a nail guru employs 20 miniature private detectives to assess nail motive, guests relax in an oversize spa chair as appendages’ caretakers clean, trim, and reshape cuticles. Tender talons are buffed to each client’s specifications, leaving them as soft as a pillowcase filled with shredded parking tickets. Patrons are then free to peruse The Scissor Room’s inventory of nail-polish colors to dress newly smoothed finger and toe canvases in a gleaming, museum-worthy hue.