Like a string quartet summons beauty by dragging horsehair across catgut, the quartet of savvy stylists at The Red Poppy Salon wield Redken, Agadir, Bain de Terre and Chi products to tame wild manes and craft beautiful coifs. Within their ruby-hued studio, they tend to a spectrum of aesthetic dilemmas with cuts and coloring services for men and women. Staff stylist Deb can extend tresses with full and partial weaves or lift away unwelcome fuzz with a dollop of wax.
Makeup artist Isaac Meyers has accentuated the faces of Rihanna, Adriana Lima, and Etta James. He makes over models for L'Oreal Paris and Maybelline's red-carpet soirees. He travels all over Europe, primping subjects for photo shoots. But you don't have to be a model or celebrity to benefit from his experience: Meyers lends his expertise to courses for novices that cover beauty, fashion, and makeup in all its forms.
The licensed massage therapists at Deep Tissue & Structural Healing send soothing ripples across the muscles with a diverse array of massage modalities. A muscle mender can administer flowing Swedish strokes to promote relaxation, or hone in on more troublesome aches during a custom deep-tissue session. Guests may also pair bodywork with hot towels, warm organic oil, or a stint in the facility's infrared sauna.
Expansive, sunny windows illuminate the deep-red walls framing Mid City Salon’s elegant space, where trained aestheticians groom keratin-based parts with a range of treatments. Stylists revamp hair with trimming and chemical services that alter color and texture without attempting high-risk crayon implantation. Manicurists, meanwhile, outfit natural and acrylic nails in decorative swipes of polish, creating long-lasting style with CND Shellac applications or trendy designs such as cheetah print and flowers. Aestheticians can also rework façades with a quick brow and lip wax or a flawless makeup application. For offsite pampering, stylists arrive at homes during salon birthday parties to give girls aged 3 and older a chic updo, a smattering of glitter makeup, and polished nails that make them feel like adults without memorizing tax-return terminology.
Beneath Image Studios' honeycombed ceilings and mod chandeliers, vivid contemporary art and sleek swivel chairs deflect mists of hairspray amid dancing combs and buzzing razors. Here, seasoned stylists Jared Keys and Mandi Black call on a combined 20 years of experience to transform tresses in their private studio, which they’ve befittingly dubbed Black Keys Salon. The pair's nimble fingers and keen scissors turn dull locks into alluring 'dos, and products by Arrojo, Bumble and bumble, and Davines help them curl, straighten, and color hair with vibrant highlights and washes of all-over color.