Sarah Conner loves a lot of things about being a stylist, but her favorite part, hands down, is the people. Beyond techniques and products, her primary focus is to ensure that her clients are happy with the way they look??a philosophy that has been cultured during 14 years in the industry. Now, at Salon 77 West, Sarah can manufacture sleek layers and enliven bland stands with bold color highlights. Clients may also solicit Sarah for a swift eyebrow wax, skincare advice, or ask questions such as ?what kind of products should I use?? and ?how does my uncle keep pulling quarters from behind my ear??
A cosmetic complex with décor ranging from the chic black tile of its salon to the day spa's bamboo-and-incense ambience, Aventine fills its space with a consummate roster of beautification treatments administered by a highly specialized staff. The classic massage (a $90 value) tailors its 60 minutes of total relaxation to your muscular map's spinal mountain range, flowing energy rivers, and buried treasure chests of stress. A signature 45-minute DermaSweep facial (a $127.50 value) mechanically extracts and exfoliates the face with a gentle vacuum, lifting away dead and deadbeat skin while combating the oxidative aging effects caused by years of reenacting Three Stooges shorts. The treatment begins with a consultation and keeps the skin relaxed throughout with a cleansing massage and therapeutic mask. A three-month membership ($297 value) to Aventine Spa treats members to a range of discounts on salon, massage, and aesthetic services.
French countryside décor sheathes the nearly 3,000-square-foot beauty haven where nine spa rooms await clients in need of a facial, a chemical peel, or a medical microdermabrasion session. Out on the salon floor, a chorus of blow driers and shears hums "Flight of the Bumblebee" as friendly stylists color, cut, and straighten hair with Redken, Paul Mitchell, and Pureology products. Clients can also mist their skin with Bronze Biologic's UV-free airbrush-tanning solution, doll up peepers with Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions, or extract unwanted strands with body-waxing services, which include Brazilian waxing for both women and men.
While the name may seem a hollow and curiously numerical boast, Beautiful From Head 2 Toe backs it up with a staggering array of salon and spa services. Starting at the noggin, stylists shorten hair that has grown unruly, help curly-haired clients better manage their locks, and imbue tresses with nearly every hue from the crayon box except for “Invisible Sunset.” For clients with corporeal beauty in mind, the beauty emporium serves up a host of different skin services including microdermabrasion treatments and exfoliating back scrubs. Hands and feet get their fair share of pampering during manicures, pedicures, and specialty services such as the rock star toes treatment that keeps nails shimmering for up to six weeks.
It looks a bit like a coffin from the year 3000, but the only thing being laid to rest in the Matrix L33 tanning bed is a pale complexion. Its high-pressure lamps emit the full spectrum of UVA and UVB light to bring out a golden base hue in as few as three sessions.
But tanning beds are just one of the tools the team at Down Under Tanning uses to get skin glowing. Airbrush tans produce natural-looking finishes, and Hempz tanning moisture—made from 100% hemp-seed oil—develops into a subtle bronze while keeping skin as hydrated as Poseidon's front lawn.
At Classic Images Hair Design, both women and men receive striking aesthetic upgrades in a sanctuary of moddish, urban style. Sleek black dryers top leather seats in a tucked-away alcove, and a monochrome floral fainting couch sits at the ready. The stylists, all of whom are color specialists certified by Redken, offer a wide range of services that go beyond haircare to include waxing, airbrush tanning, and professional makeup application.