Soon to be the subjects of a reality show airing on HDNet, this casual salon’s bikini-clad staff of licensed stylists charms the curls of men, women, and children within warm, beach-themed surroundings. Locks relinquish sand, seashells, and stowaway sea monkeys during a thorough sudsing that preludes the 20-minute haircut, which is tailored to each client’s desires and personal style. As fingers lull pent-up tension from weary noggins, peepers can peruse the colorful interior’s vivid artwork and wall-mounted surfboards, which reflect flickers from the lobby’s sprawling flat-screen TV.
Brush Salon is a study in contrast. Mirrors hang from brick walls and metal fixtures hang like street lamps to give the interior a rustic, welcoming air, but each station is lined with advanced products and staffed by a stylist continually trained to stay abreast of hair trends. This duality matches the salon’s approach to hair services, which combines cutting-edge beauty techniques with an attention to each customer’s comfort and goals. Clients are encouraged to bring pictures or magazine clippings to the salon, allowing stylists to duplicate their favorite celebrity looks or articulate what went wrong with their favorite celebrity marriages. If customers are not pleased with their haircut, color, or retexturing services, they can return within a week and stylists will fix the looks at no charge.
Gilded mirrors punctuate walls the color of honey at Bella Chic Studio. It's this warm, tranquil scene that welcomes guests, who take a seat on the sofa while awaiting treatments. Once in the styling chair, mani-pedi station, or treatment room, the beautification begins: facials, waxing, and haircare gussy up visitors from follicle to stiletto.
Sharon Nesbihal, owner of Steven Jenae The Salon, and her trained stylists mold manes amid red, orange, and pale-yellow walls. As they cut hair, slather on color, and apply keratin or vegan smoothing treatments, lofted ceilings with skylights illumine the spacious interior. When they aren't sculpting new dos, they beautify façades with makeup, lash extensions, waxing, and spray tanning. Stylists put these services to work on brides as well, who require meticulous primping before the traditional hopscotch down the aisle.
Before opening Believe Skin Care Studio, owner Lauryn Allen spent two years at the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. She learned much while tending to her base of big-city clients, and she brings all of that knowledge—as well as 13 years of general spa experience—to her own charming studio in Oakhurst. Lauryn and her staff cater to all skin types with facials that flush dirt from pores and waxing services that swipe away unwanted fuzz. Various makeup wands summon cherry-red lips, tinted lashes, smoky eyes, and orange hopscotch courts on the studio’s floor. Skilled therapist Candice plies her nimble fingers during massages in modalities ranging from soothing Swedish to penetrating deep tissue.