Past a barber-pole-bedecked exterior, the two-man staff of Old Time Barber Shop delivers straight-razor shaves and crafts modern haircuts using classic clipping techniques. Master barber Scott Braga creates personalized looks for each customer, ranging from straightforward trims and close-cropped cuts to elaborate ocelot topiary. In straight-razor shaves, Braga or stylist Stephen Guillian render skin hair-free and baby smooth with 20 minutes of careful hair removal supplemented with hot-towel treatments. The stylists bring experience and expertise to each cut, working through stray strands with ease in an old-timey environment complete with large leather chairs, full-length mirrors, and a barbershop quartet harmonizing hymns to comb disinfectant.
The staff and professional stylists at Amara Salon help patrons maintain summery skin tones year round with customized spray-tan services. Guests relax in a private area for the 15-minute treatment, soaking up color without the sun or the accompanying risk of transforming into a citrus fruit. Spray specialists decorate both body and face with fulsome color and customize sessions to accentuate color on a certain areas. Clients select from light, medium, and dark tones that last from five to seven days. Cherry-red flooring and colorful artwork on the walls add vibrant splashes to the salon's chic atmosphere. Spray tans produce traces of color immediately after treatment, but, like lazy polaroid pictures, require eight hours to fully develop.
Salon Charisma pampers skin, nails, and follicles with an assortment of services offered by an expert staff, all within a comfortable environment infused with woody accents and subdued hues. Those looking for hand and foot attention can avail themselves of the mani-pedi, which includes a 30-minute natural manicure in which nails are shaped, cuticles are maintained, and arms are massaged up to the elbows before a coat of OPI paint is applied to nails in faithful reproductions of modernist monochrome paintings. Jealous toes get the same attention in the 45-minute pedicure, including a massage up to the knees.
Salon Entré Nous pampers clients with beautifying services, delivered amid a serene environment marked by brightly lit walls, contemporary art, wood floors, and simplistically sound salon stations. Each station is outfitted with oversized mirrors that lend a glimpse into each of the subtle steps involved in the hot-stone mani-pedi. Heightened by the warmth of smooth stones, this mani-pedi includes a neat nail trimming of fingernails and toenails. Perfectly symmetrical tips will take the place of formerly unruly edges. Cuticles will be gently groomed into a more sightly disposition, and all handlebars and kick stands will be left feeling buttery and spry.
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.