It's like walking into a comic book. Deep-red and purple walls burst with graffiti murals of jagged skylines, puffy clouds, and the word "bleach" in big black bubble letters. Amid these jazzy accents, master designer and color specialist Teresa Riley draws on more than 20 years of experience to transform tresses with products by All-Nutrient, Wella, and Davines. Clients also may request voluminous lash extensions or revamp the complexion with a private makeup consultation.
A trio of beauty veterans oversees services at Accolades Salon Spa, making clients feel at ease as a team of experienced stylists, aestheticians, and nail techs performs pampering services inside the Highland Park beauty haven. Stylists improve coifs with precision cuts and straightening treatments using Aveda and Clean Enhanced Organics products. Clients reclining in the spa's private treatment rooms enjoy brow tints, eyelash extensions, and custom massages expertly executed by aestheticians who pack their beauty belts full of seven Arigato skincare products, which are chemical-free and only contain a maximum of four ingredients.
Back on the salon floor, nail techs embellish hands and feet with organic mani-pedis that sheathe fingertips and toes with colorful layers of OPI polishes and CND base- and top coats. Feet wading in the warm waters of a pedi throne basin can take their time as the chair's massage and heat settings melt back muscles into pools of butter. Accolade also provides man-centric services such as hot-towel shaves, as well as advanced cosmetic injections performed by an onsite doctor.
Caroline Switala has been cutting and styling hair for 24 years, including 15 years in the downtown Minneapolis area. Despite being in the industry for nearly a quarter of a century, Caroline has kept herself in tune with the latest, trendiest styles, which she doles out at Shear Magic Hair Styles. Those looking for more conservative looks need not fret; she’s also well versed in classic cuts that would make mom want a photo for the icebox.
For more than 83 years, Bob's Barber Shop has been snipping overgrown manes in an old-fashioned, friendly setting. The father-and-daughter team Bob and Kristin specializes in no-frills, reliable wash-and-wear haircuts that are simple to care for and always pay their rent on time. Shaggy patrons can select from a visual menu of styles including the Princeton, the flat top, and the standard crew cut, or have their dome sculpted to any requested coif. At the cut's completion, newly groomed customers receive a hot-lather neck shave, forcing pesky whiskers into the federal follicle-protection program.
Village Hair Company’s nine-member-strong staff restores worn exteriors to their natural brilliance, tending to skin, hair, and nails with a variety of top-notch treatments. A Redken chemistry treatment ($39+ separate; $24+ with any haircare service) conditions chemically, mechanically, and spiritually distressed follicles into their fittest forms through a series of infusion treatments. OPI skin-renewal manicures ($38+) employ OPI products to soften skin, treating nails to an effervescent soak and exfoliation before taking them to the finish line with moisturizing butter and paraffin treatments. A selection of body-based beautifications and services range from 90-minute deep-tissue massages ($69+) to anti-aging facials ($91+), ensuring each salon patron receives the rejuvenation they’re longing for. Groupon users will also receive 20% off their next service at Village Hair Company, be it a haircut for men ($23+) or a beard trim for shrubbery.
Plaza Hairdesign & Spa has been in the beauty business for more than 20 years. The service menu covers nearly every facet of beauty, from haircuts and coloring treatments, to facials, mani-pedis, and microdermabrasion and collagen masks. And, in addition to services that help clients look good, the spa also offers pressure point massages that help them feel good by loosening the muscles in the face, neck, and shoulders, rendering them as agreeable as a bobblehead on a bumpy road.