Led by a local fire lieutenant turned stylist, the beauty specialists at Shear Fire Design sculpt tresses into flattering ’dos with a slew of haircare products and color services. Scissors snip unkempt strands into lockstep and a Tuscan Oil deep-conditioning treatment can leave hair as soft as elevator music performed by a snowflake. Clients can also add new hues to monochrome manes with a coloring service, such as highlights, lowlights, or all-over color. Hair services integrate high-end products from brands including Pureology, Rusk, and Redken, nail treatments beautify digits, and facial waxing removes unwanted fuzz.
Built in a former body shop, the salon has added rugged chic décor to its space; it seats 10 guests at stylized stations adorned with fire-department memorabilia. Painted tufts of flame decorate the walls, and real firemen try to extinguish them. Meanwhile, the salon’s affiliated academy readies aspiring aesthetes to treat hair and nails.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Alaska vaporize stress with a menu of both soothing and rehabilitative body treatments acted out within a powder-blue room. The list of modalities extends from basic relaxation massage to more intense deep- tissue massage and myofascial release. Natural aids such as hot stones, warm canes of bamboo, and badgers with velvet gloves suffuse the homey studio with the serenity of the forest. Nail techs also groom men’s and women's fingers and toes, evincing Massage Alaska's dedication to hygiene by using disposable implements.
Get Nailed Nail Bar shapes fingertips, prettifies paws, and eases away stress in a bright, casual environment. One of Get Nailed's skilled manicurists tend to upper appendages with a long soak, reflexology massage for hands and arms, and a marshmallow mask. Nails emerge anew after a cuticle softening treatment, artful shaping, and decorative polish. The Ice Cream Pedi features flavours that rotate monthly, like a slow-motion ballerina, and uses ME! Bath products to cleanse, exfoliate, scrub, and soften. To ensure clients aren’t upstaged by an idle prism paperweight, Get Nailed stocks a spectrum of polish from OPI and China Glaze.
The best way to describe Pamper Me Spa is a strategic color eruption. Between pink and neon yellow-checkered floor tiles and a vibrant fuchsia ceiling, the walls display an enormous abstract cityscape, with sponge-painted skyscrapers and a blue twilight backdrop. Amid these glitzy accents, skilled stylists bedeck tresses with bold color highlights and customize haircuts to clients’ preferences and lifestyles. The salon also offers private rooms for soothing massages and waxing services as well as a free play center for children and the Muppets who follow them, awaiting the right moment to burst into song.
Meander past the styling stations and shelves of skincare products at Studio 9 salon, and you'll stumble upon the Image Glow skincare clinic. The clinic is staffed by a team of expert aestheticians who perform an array of facial and beauty services. The specialists smooth skin with advanced microdermabrasions and acne treatments, and strip away unwanted hair with wax. They also pamper hands with manicures, and accentuate eyes with glamorous eyelash extensions.
Cura Novo proprietor Natha Thompson beautifies faces and bodies in tranquil, private settings at both D'Vons Salon & Day Spa in Eagle River and Envy Salon Studio in Wasilla. Using all-natural Cosmedix products, she can work to correct brown spots and other skin complaints or perform soothing relaxation facials. She can also add lash extensions one by one to enhance eyes, or keep their skin surfaces smooth via waxing treatments.