Master stylists Wendy and Sue combine more than four decades of experience and multiple certifications to beautify clients. And though they’ve studied extensively in the chemistry of hair—both have trained with Paul Mitchell and Joico—it’s the chemistry they share with their clients they care about most. They aim to transcend the “assembly-line” feel of chain salons, instead focusing on intimate, one-on-one service. Before any cut, color, or texturizing treatment, they make thorough consultations with the client. The stylists use professional products by Moroccanoil, Paul Mitchell, and Joico, which are known for nutrient-rich ingredients and lack of Silly Putty.
The Great Clips empire spans more than 3,000 salons across North America, where a collective of over 30,000 stylists wait, ready to tend to hairstyles. At these salons, no appointments are necessary—though an online check-in system aids those who wish to skip any potential lines by adding their names directly to the haircut queue. And to aid their new hairstyles, customers can peruse a line of gels, conditioners, pomades, and tea-tree oil shampoos and body washes.
Unique Hair Salons’ staff of senior and master stylists specializes in All-Nutrient certified organic hair coloring, whose gentle vegetable oil and keratin protein base allows for longer-lasting colors and brighter shine. Before they add color, though, they can sculpt a fashionable hairdo, or straighten out unruly strands with keratin straighteners.
The décor of Knockouts mimics that of a boxing ring, but—unlike the real thing—patrons look better when they leave. After a consultation with one of the scissor-handed stylists, your Heavyweight haircut will kick off with a relaxing shampoo. As a stylist snips, shaves, and shears, direct your attention toward the many flat-screen TVs showing all the day's top sports and a few of its bottom ones, such as mixed martial horseshoes and the World's Slowest Man tournament. After the follicular wreckage is cleared with a second round of shampoo and a rinse, your stylist will treat you to a neck-tingling scalp massage before arranging head-strands to your specifications and shellacking them in place.
Sotelo Hair Studio has been a family affair since owner and master stylist Juan Sotelo, packed up his shears , left Santiago, Chili, and opened up shop in Boston with his two daughters, Yanira and Banny. As Banny oversees the shop as manager, Yarina and her father focus on beautifying clients' hair with shine-inducing glaze treatments, foil highlights, and elegant updos for bridal parties. Juan showcases his three decades of cutting and coloring experience, which he gained at the two salons he owned in Chile and through training with such companies as Framesi and Tony & Guy.
From the sunlit lobby and comfy couch to massage rooms bathed in candlelight and warm earth tones, Bella Sisters Salon & Spa tells a tale of luxury. As clients settle into the elegantly laid-back surroundings, they can immerse themselves in beautifying services such as manicures, highlights, makeup applications, and massages, all administered by a skilled and attentive staff. During appointments, these professionals wield handpicked products from renowned brands such as Pureology, Goldwell, and Bumble and bumble, readying clients for weddings, nights out on the town, or glamorous RMV visits.