Effective hair- and skincare requires two things: talented, well-trained beauty professionals and quality products. Elayne James Salon and Spa, named in Salon Today's list for 200 of the country’s fastest growing salons, thrives with a staff of Redken- and Wella-trained hairstylists who wield French-made herbal formulas from Privé as they cut, color, and style strands. They also lengthen short ‘dos with Italian SoCap hair extensions, block frizz with a keratin smoothing system, and scare strands straight with barks from a drill sergeant. The salon’s aestheticians use preservative-free A Natural Difference skincare products to cleanse and exfoliate skin during facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and red-light-therapy sessions. Beyond hair and skin, Elayne James’s service menu includes indulgent Swedish and deep-tissue massages, mani-pedis, and waxing.
The friendly stylists at Xanadu Salon deftly shape, tint, and smooth bedraggled locks in a welcoming, canary-hued parlor filled with professional products. Owner Andrea Patterson, whose services are backed by a Master’s in business at Springfield College and an education at the American Beauty Academy, leads a team of stylists that caters to each client's individual hair needs. They accomplish this by vigilantly keeping gum away from locks, and, secondarily, by rendering an array of salon services. Massage therapists also pamper customers with oils from Arbonne and Therapro before bodywork sessions.
Hearkening back to an era of classic glamour, Pin Up Salon’s expert stylists freshen and flatter manes with an array of services. Clients can opt for either full foil highlights or all-over color with strategically placed foils for added dimension (a $120 value) to garner the admiration of friends with or without 3-D glasses. A glossy glaze (a $25 value) followed by a luxurious deep-conditioning treatment (a $25 value) moisturizes away any remnants of winter dryness and leaves behind healthy sheen. The mane makeover, which takes about three hours from start to finish, wraps up when well-trained stylists adeptly snip, clip, and blow-dry a new coif (a $35 value).
Toss It Up Hair Salon specializes in going the extra mile. The mobile salon staff is trained to properly pamper chemotherapy patients and offers workshops and self-esteem enhancement classes. In addition to these services, Toss It Up's menu of treatments includes everything from cuts and color to sew-in weaves, braiding, and relaxers. To complement these offerings, the salon also offers glamour photo shoots, makeup applications, and lash extensions.
As the salon's name suggests, Endless Summer Salon & Tan's staff wants to help their patrons maintain a sun-kissed silhouette all year round. To achieve that look without the sun's help, guests can hop into a standup or flat UV bed, or opt for UV-free tanning. Guests can bronze their bodies with a self-operated Mystic Tan booth or a custom airbrush glow from a trained technician, who effortlessly makes the sun's work look like a cheap imitation.
In addition to beautifying their bodies in the tanning salon, guests can transform in the hair salon, which buzzes with the blow-dryers of a trio of stylists. They update manes with products from Wella and Redken along with naturally derived elixirs from Aveda and Moroccanoil. In the spa, aestheticians groom skinscapes with waxing, and nail technicians reinforce manicures with no-chip gel polish, preparing hands to finger-walk down the hand-modeling catwalk.
Bliss Unisex Day Spa's exposed brick, flowing red and green curtains, Persian rugs, and bucolic mural and artwork inform the staff's sense of aesthetic splendor. The staff renders a number of services, from haircuts and partial highlights to skin treatments and pedicures. They even bundle them together into packages, such as the romance package, which lasts about four hours and includes a body polish with a choice of scent, a one-hour classic massage, and a manicure and spa pedicure.