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.
Inside their colorful walls, the staffers of Electric Beach Tanning Company guide visitors toward their desired shades with UV or spray tanning and a handful of other services. Clients can lay out on powerful beds or stay standing for customized spray tans before a quick round of red-light or oxygen therapy reinvigorates the body. Beyond shelves and displays stocked with bronze-boosting lotions, a bank of red lockers stands to secure valuables and post-tanning cupcakes during services.
The owner of Ecocentric Salon & Spa understands that different haircuts require different kinds of stylists; a basic trim isn’t the same as a complete makeover. To make finding the right stylist easier, the owner has created a four-tier ranking system that positions stylists by their level of education, experience, and client satisfaction. All stylists use Aveda products plucked from dark wooden shelves, and natural light from a wall of towering windows helps stylists blend flattering shades of hair color and keep away nocturnal raccoons. Clients receive free neck and bang trims between regular services.
Down the hall, private treatment rooms admit clients for Aveda customized massages and botanically based mani-pedis. Before reentering the real world, clients can receive a makeup touchup with Aveda’s environmentally conscious line of cosmetics.