One look around Seidou Salon Spa tells clients what level of luxury they can expect to find there. From the mounted flat-screen TV that hangs in front of the black leather styling chairs to the porcelain footbaths that squat at the foot of two padded pedicure thrones, the setting suggests a dedication to pampering rarely seen outside of an Olympic cooing match. The private treatment rooms where massages take place even feature a corner tub, in which clients can indulge in hydrotherapy treatments that either relieve soreness with camphor or soften skin with mango, lime, and aloe.
The center's treatments range in nature from clinical to holistic, sometimes incorporating solutions of lactic or salicylic acid—chemical peels—and sometimes favoring Eastern healing methods—acupuncture and chakra-balancing massages. As an Aveda salon, Seidou Salon Spa has access to popular hair-color and conditioning products, and it upholds this standard by also carrying nail polish from OPI, skin creams from PCA Skin, and appointment books made of recycled newspaper clippings of the first moon landing.
When Lori Scharmann founded Hair Proz Salon in 1991, she didn't expect it to become the institution it is today. More than 20 years and a new partner later, the salon's staff comprises many of the original stylists present at its opening, and they draw on those decades of experience when performing each of the salon's varied services. They revamp both men and women's looks with a lineup ranging from facials and manicures to haircuts and full-coloring treatments. To keep their transformation skills current, all stylists undergo continuing education classes and sit down for regular interviews with the most innovative 'dos. They carry products from brands such as Skinceuticals, Moroccanoil, and OPI to help clients maintain their new looks outside the salon.
Primp Hair Salon's owner, Michele Rae, believes that a good haircut begins not with a blow-dry, spritz bottle, or ritualistic sharpening of the garden shears, but conversation. That's why she stresses the importance of a pre-cut consultation, and has her stylists discuss goals and wishes with their clients in order to gain a clear picture of what they're aiming for.
It was during these conversations that Michele Rae learned that her clientele was interested in extensions. So she not only expanded her repertoire to cater to her clients, but she sought out a new salon space with private rooms for specialized extension treatments. Once she had moved, she developed a proprietary method of hair extensions herself. She trained a group of stylists to implement this process, and today hair extensions are a large part of Primp's offerings?which also includes traditional cut, coloring, and texturizing treatments. For discerning clients, the team uses Remy 100% human hair and individually bonded extensions, installed using a range of methods and products.
Ideal Glow combines science and nature during holistic, technology-based aesthetic treatments. The team—which includes a naturopathic physician consultant, nurse practitioner, medical aesthetician, and neuromuscular therapist—specializes in harnessing the power of microcurrent technology. The staff uses low-level electrical currents to perform services including body sculpting and muscle rejuvenation, facial skin tightening, and cellulite reduction. The clinical crew can even use the technology to alleviate stress via transcranial microcurrent therapy, which stimulates brain waves to mimic a pattern that induces deep relaxation and the ability to psychically silence temperamental car alarms.
Other advanced, noninvasive techniques include Ultra-tone body shaping: a needle-free technique that uses an electric current to increase collagen and elastin production. The staff also targets fat and cellulite with the potent topical ingredients of heat-based body wraps.
Were it not for the constant buzzing of clippers and snipping of shears, one might mistake Tonic Barbers for a cozy pub or after-work hangout. The chic men’s barbershop eschews the red-and-white poles of yore in favor of a full-size pool table and rich wooden walls imported from a tobacco barn in Wisconsin. While cue balls clink in the background, barbers call upon top-shelf products from Jack Black and Bumble and Bumble to imbue scalps with a hip and modern panache. Along with sophisticated cuts and hot towels, the shop’s stylists offer a menu of coloring and waxing services for gents. Highlights and tints add spark to lackluster strands, and occasional mani-pedis groom men’s hands and feet before decorating their nails with football scores. The barbers also crop the disheveled locks of young chaps into stylish ‘dos sure to be the envy of the playground.
Guests at Bay Salon & Boutique are greeted with snacks and complimentary beverages before stylists turn their full attention to crafting a creative look for the client. This kind of pampering is the norm even for clients just stopping in for a monthly trim. No matter the occasion, guests are feted with organic coffee and gourmet desserts as they chew on an idea for a new look. In the chair, heads are tended to with Aveda and Pureology products that deeply condition locks and are the only way to remove most types of confetti.
Style transformations continue in the boutique, which displays dramatic necklaces, sleek clutches, and cozy scarves made by local and national designers. Those who don?t wear their purchases out of the store get them gift wrapped for free.