Hot-rod magazines and rockabilly tunes punctuate Chop Tops' retro atmosphere, where vintage video is just as likely to grace the TV as a live sporting event, and complimentary beverages are de rigueur. This youthful atmosphere often translates into a youthful-looking head and a plethora of compliments from friends, strangers, and the insides of hats. Add pep to your step with a new cut and shampoo ($15 for men, $31+ for women), or defy nature's palette with highlights or lowlights ($67+ for partial, $87+ for full). Once you get your new 'do, refresh your visage with Chop Tops' 60-minute European facial ($50) followed by a neat eyebrow wax ($15) that frames your best features and makes your eyes pop in the way that doesn't give people nightmares. The gentle yet efficient gurus at Chop Tops can also de-fuzz your half leg ($30) or give you an expert Brazilian wax ($50+). To better show off your newly hairless legs, throw in an airbrush tan customized to complement your natural skin tone ($20).
Owner Becky Weir and her handpicked team of stylists harness Redken and Pureology products to power fashion-driven services. During haircuts, shears remove split ends and snip flattering face frames to update styles while guests sip complimentary refreshments. All services refresh skulls with a shampoo and relaxing scalp massage and conclude with a blow-dry and style that pamper tresses like Rapunzel's elevator. Stylists wield Redken color during highlight services and delve deep into cranial underbrush to brighten locks with up to 31 foils or elect tactical surface strands for partial highlights. Patrons settle into sleek, black aprons, trusting their pelts to stylists who expand hairstyling awareness by taking two outside-education classes per year.
Coloroom's savvy stylists work with customers to snip hair into edgy razor cuts or classic bobs, and bring a smoother smile to faces. Posttrim, help locks gleam with a set of highlights, creating subtle or dramatic contrasts and underlining points that are likely to be on an exam. As the color solution sets in, a skincare expert will use cotton to gently swab the face with a glycolic-peel solution. For 15 minutes, the exfoliant will work its way into the surface, sloughing off dead cells that impede the body's natural Lite-Brite glow, which can shine on for three weeks after treatment. Beauty seekers can expect their stay to last roughly two hours.
Despite its scrappy name, Jagged Edge Salon's interior is bright and polished, with sleek hardwood floors and electric-blue walls. From the bowl to the chair, stylists wash and style hair with top-shelf products from Matrix and Redken, thickening locks with moisturizing conditioners or illuminating them with all-over highlights. In private rooms that line one wall of the salon, clients can grab their favorite teddy bear and lie down in tanning booths of varying levels.
At the Mitsu Sato Hair Academy, Mitsu Sato gives student stylists the ability to perform a spread of salon and spa services for clients. Sato's unique approach, which simulates a full-fledged salon environment, gives the supervised students a chance to transform locks in a hands-on environment. In addition to haircuts, coloring, and special-occasion styling, the team of staff and students performs makeup applications, brow shaping, and nail services that prepare digits for the finger-puppet Olympics.
Red hanging lights throw rounded shadows across Sweet D's hardwood floors and sunflower-yellow walls. Amid these modern accents, skilled stylists cultivate face-flattering cuts and rewire hair circuitry with sleek color highlights. Clients may also solicit an aesthetician for a swift brow wax or a long-lasting gel mani-pedi with Axxium or CND polish.