From the moment clients are handed a frosty microbrew, it's clear that 18|8 Fine Men's Salons aren't average. Wielding stainless-steel tools, stylists trained specifically to tackle men's manes make guests feel at home while sharpening their looks. Executive cuts are finished with five-minute neck and shoulder massages and Bay Rum hot towels. Crisp, close shaves are accomplished with the same old-fashioned straight razors they used to use to groom zeppelins, and other services include man-friendly skincare and coloring treatments.
With more than 25 years of styling experience, Kelly has cut more hair than a low-hanging ceiling fan and can venture into endless hairstyling possibilities. During consultations, she whittles down those possibilities into a single option, based on the client’s facial shape, lifestyle, and personal taste. She then sets to work rinsing locks with Unite professional salon products, smoothing flyaways with keratin treatments, and adding pizzazz with highlights and color services.
These days, there isn’t much that Christina Albera can’t do with hair. The seasoned stylist draws on more than a decade of experience—including training with Vidal Sassoon and Redken—to realize her clients’ hairstyle aspirations at Salon Diva. Besides sculpting creative hairdos and adding dimension to monochrome strands with highlights and color treatments, Christina has a few tricks up her sleeve. Chief among these is her Brazilian Blowout keratin treatment, with which she straightens hair more safely and effectively than sticking curls into an electrical socket one at a time.
Irene Rubino harnesses more than a decade of experience when beautifying clients. From among her services, she frames eyes with synthetic eyelash extensions and conjures flattering hues with spray tans. Irene also diminishes signs of aging and sun damage with diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wands and glycolic peels.
As hair maestros overhaul scalps, April Michelle works hard putting the finishing touches on new looks with natural-looking eyelash extensions by Luscious Lashes. As she meticulously affixes the synthetic strands one by one to existing lashes, the rest of the salon bustles with the lively din of stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians.
The salon itself is as vibrant and modish as its staff. It features an eye-grabbing blend of rustic and modern flourishes, including a chain-hung distressed metal sign, partially exposed brick-wall accents, chic light fixtures, and a refreshment station featuring coffee and wine.
At Royal Skin Therapy, owner and resident aesthetician Zianna incorporates relaxing aromatherapy and essential oils into all customized facials, which end with massages for scalps, feet, or upper backs. Other beautifying services available include tinting for brows and lashes, and waxing for men and women alike. Using pigments free of iron-oxide, Zianna can also apply permanent eyeliner, brow fills, and lip color that won't fade for at least 5 years and that far outlast earlier forms of permanent makeup, such as rose petals superglued to your cheeks.