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.
Walking away from West Coast Hair after hair-extension appointments, patrons can toss silky, newly lengthened manes that would have otherwise taken years to grow. At locations in Los Angeles and Minneapolis, stylists apply the extensions using a strand-by-strand technique and fusion-free bonds without damaging glue or chemicals. With proper maintenance, elongated tresses can last up to six months.
Melanie Foster focuses her talents on clients? peepers. The certified Lavish Lashes technician applies up to 100 individual lashes per eye, bulking up fringe and adding enough length to properly flutter and braid. She uses a medical grade adhesive to apply the synthetic lashes, and her work lasts between two to four weeks before a tocuchup is needed.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
When Lolamax Salon?s stylists first lay eyes on new clients, they?re concerned with more than just the state of their hair. They scan each new face, searching for the cuts and styles that will best flatter those features. They also inquire about clients? lifestyles?can they devote an hour to hair prep every morning, or do they need something that?s wash-and-wear? It?s not until stylists have their answers that they finally pick up their scissors and begin.
Hair appointments kick off with a relaxing scalp massage powered by Aveda shampoos and conditioners before stylists leads clients to the salon chair for a chic cut, a Goldwell color treatment, or a keratin smoothing treatment. Men can conceal grays or color over bald spots with Reshade hair color that lasts for up to eight weeks; women can sit back as their stylist weaves locks with Great Lengths hair extensions. Aside from styling hair, the Lolamax staff offers brow and lash tints and removes unwanted fuzz from the eyebrows and upper lip.