Denny Kemp began his styling career as one of the first students under Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda. This student has since become the master to his own proteg?s, passing on what he has learned within his own salon's walls, decorated with carefully selected artwork, some of it being the product of Denny?s own genius. Denny's brigade of innovative and artistic stylists spritzes clients with professional-grade products from Shu Uemura, K?rastase, Bumble and bumble, and Eminence, as well as the Dermalogica skincare line. They're also versed in smoothing frizz with keratin formulas and performing balayage and micro-foiling.
Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.
Painted skulls, zebra stripes, and American flags are among the creative nail designs that emerge from the deft hands of the Happy Nails technicians. They take nail art to the next level with 3D elements, including flowers in white and soft-pink hues and Hello Kitty faces. In front of lime-green walls punctuated by bamboo-covered trellises, a row of oversized pedicure chairs provides comfort while the staff files clients? toenails and pampers feet with add-ons, such as rounds of This Little Piggy.
The tan techs at Premiere Tan add golden accents to skin using an echelon of German-made Ergoline beds and UV-free Mystic Tan systems. Beds ranging from Levels 1–5 allow patrons to customize their glows, and on-board ventilation systems allow guests to bask in cool, moving air. Ergonomic contouring and MP3 players in some beds conjure up comfort beneath 32 full-body lamps or high-pressure systems in higher-level units, which may yield longer tans. Patrons prep for visits to friends stuck in sand castles with single sessions (prices vary) or monthly memberships ($23.88+/month).
Once you have your Groupon, you can make an appointment with one of The Uptown Hair District's master hair shamans, who know how to snip, dye, and charm even the most distraught bristles, frizzies, and Medusa head-snakes. Your stylist will sense your innermost hair-yearnings, then carefully snip in tune with your thoughts and dreams, letting creative forces flow wildly onto your scalp for a haircut that revolutionizes the way you look in the mirror—inside and out. Your shampoo, cut, and blow-dry ($45–$80) is only part of your primping package; you'll also receive a Kerastase restructuring treatment that calms dry, damaged, and rebellious hair with a special soothing serum ($25–$55). Afterward, in the streets, you might find that your magnificent mane busts the binds of its bowler hat and leaps into sunshine, dappling the dark alleyways of careless coiffeurs.