Over the past two centuries, the historic town of Hobbard has stayed current without losing any of its small town charms. The Professional Edge salon is no exception. Through the classic hair studio's period storefront, wood accents and cabinetry offer an old-time feel, while skilled stylists maintain hair modernity with Redken brand products. Clients may also retreat to a private room for the Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure of licensed massage therapist Jennifer Ivezic.
Artiste' Organic Salon and Spa promotes an art-inspired atmosphere complete with warm lighting, art-covered walls, and draped cloth that together create a welcoming space. In private treatment rooms, amid a water fountain, music, and aromatherapy, guests can relax with services that include haircare, nailcare, and skincare fueled by organic beauty products.
A faculty of experienced instructors explains styling theory and oversees practical training as barbering apprentices seek out professional licenses through Success Barber Schools, LLC's two-part curriculum. After mastering textbook material and acing pop quizzes from Rapunzel, students receive their wings to test skills on clients in the 10,000-square-foot facility. Attendants apply fine-tuned sheer, clipper, and straight-razor methods to male and female manes of all ages. Tress decorators demonstrate their grasps on highlight and coloring techniques to round out their aesthetic educations.
A Joyous Look's nail technicians camouflage humdrum hand and foot keratins in eye-catching colors during 45- to 60-minute mani-pedis. Patrons kick-back in an airy salon as a paw doter pares-down jagged fingernail edges and coffee-table corners, outfitting mitts with gently sloping pointer peaks. The beautifier brushes fresh hues across digit decks before turning attention to sub-ankle appendages. Piggies relish in a relaxing session during which a staff member sweeps away hangnails and sculpts toe-tips into chic crescents. Clients can get their nails polished in a pulchritudinous shade to beautify feet or to have an upside when looking at toes after stubbing them.
The professional visionaries at Eye Designs see to ocular health while also attending to mid-face fashion with a variety of designer frames. Give struggling eyeballs an intelligent look with frames from such sharp brands as Ted Baker ($150), Genevieve Boutique (Rene frames, $120), or Gucci 2769 Strass ($300). A pair of Nike Veer ($149) or Fendi 5092 sunglasses ($344) renders bright days crisper and shadier than an apple from a Disney villain. Near- and far-sighted customers can also fill frames with a choice of basic and advanced lenses, such as the SV lens ($100), polycarbonate lens ($115), and SV Transition lens ($155). Eye Designs' experts can help determine what lens type will work best for each customer depending on ocular health, lifestyle, and eye strain from staring at heavy objects.
Hanging from Sanctuary 7’s walls are words such as “dream,” “love,” and “laugh.” These words exemplify the spirit of the upbeat staffers, who love to impart inspiration and happiness through transformative beauty treatments. In semiprivate rooms awash in natural light, stylists sculpt hair into new ’dos and nail techs turn nails into colorful vehicles for self-expression. In another room, a massage therapist works away sinewy knots with long, slow strokes as a stone fountain trickles, burning candles emit fragrant aromas, and sparrows play miniature violins.