When the new owners of Shear Style Salon took over in early 2012, they transformed the hair and nail salon into a full-service beauty emporium. Though sleek styling services and mani-pedis continue to anchor the menu, the spa’s team of aestheticians now tends to skin across the body with luxurious facials and scrubs.
Nails that aren't properly cared for may rebel by chipping, discoloring, or pursuing careers in theater. That's where the Happy Nails team comes in. Skilled technicians shape nails, care for cuticles, and decorate to keep first impressions positive. The salon's polish inventory is diverse and includes Bio Seaweed Gel, which offers durable semipermanent color without damaging nail plates. Guests may also receive beautifying services such as waxing and eyelash extensions.
Rumors Salon & Day Spa pampers manes, mugs, and digits via the hands and eyes of experienced body-buffers. Shoo hibernating pterodactyls from winter dreadlock nests and revamp bodily hat-hangers with a new haircut and styling (up to $43). The Clean Condition Color Gloss ($37) brings shine back to dulled hair and preps it for reflecting summer sunrays. Paw petals will blossom with cleanliness and vibrancy during a manicure ($23), and arches will achieve new heights with an eyebrow wax ($15), a treatment that's also shown to prevent confusion between “I’m interested” and “I can’t believe you live with your mother’s zither band” facial cues.
As a Pivot Point member school, the Academy of Beauty has been offering top-notch cosmetology training for aspiring mane tamers and skin smoothers for more than 25 years. At the academy salon, noodle nests are nurtured by student stylists working under the watchful eyes of licensed educators and Adonia, the Greek goddess of Brazilian blowouts. Each haircut begins with a relaxing scalp massage to lull scared strands out of hiding before shampooing, snipping, and shaping them to the height of follicular fashion. Brighten dull dreads with all-over color (a $30+ value), lift lazy locks with a perm (a $35+ value), or loosen tress tension brought on by years of supporting your many fruit hats with a relaxer (a $45+ value).
Jessi Rekart has been charging for her salon services since she was a child; at age 10, she often styled her mother’s hair for $5 per session. Now, with 10 years of experience under her belt, she specializes in color treatments and cutting curly hair. Tired of taming her own curly mop with straighteners and sandwich presses, she trained in New York to become a certified DevaCurl care consultant. Using what she’s learned, she designs flattering hairdos for curly-haired customers and shares wave-taming techniques during styling lessons.
A good spa will transport its guests to a time and place where everyday stresses are forgotten. American Image Salon & Spa can take you to a rainforest waterfall, for example—its monsoon massage sends the gentle mist of a Vichy shower cascading onto backs and shoulders. If you'd prefer a steamier setting, opt for the hot-stone massage, during which a therapist banishes tension with kneads and strategically placed lava rocks. There are also packages that provide even longer, more luxurious escapes, such as the 6.5-hour Day of Beauty: a Clarisonic facial, massage, mani-pedi, shampoo, makeup application, and lunch.
Sometimes, however, a visit to the spa or salon is a quick reward in the middle of the day. That's why the staff here administers most of the standard treatments for the hair, nails, and body. Stylists trim new 'dos and flatten frizz with Chi Enviro smoothing formulas, or nourish the skin with specialized facials. Manicures might feature add-ons from a seaweed mask to a layer of eco-paraffin, a more environmentally friendly way to soften the hands than by wrapping them in live ferrets. Gentlemen are hardly neglected, either. Their services include haircuts as well as mustache- and beard-tinting.