Mackie Naturals beckons the inner beauty within each of its pampered pupils so that skin rejuvenates and glows as smiles beam. Harnessing the botanical prowess of Hungarian skin-care line, Eminence Organics, Mackie Naturals' seasonal facial evolves with the advancing months but always endeavours to delve into deep tissues, blending minerals and all-natural ingredients to craft this 75-minute treatment. Brilliant beauticians canvass the dermis to determine whether it has been damaged by sun exposure, premature aging, or too many magpies to the face, and customize the pampering accordingly with seasonal scents and topical treatments. Exfoliation techniques, toning, massage, hydration, and a masque conspire to leave the skin soft, alive, and renewed.
There’s no doubt that Fire & Ice Hair Company has class. For starters, the salon is committed to green products and methods; they recycle more than 85 per cent of salon waste and exclusively use products by La Biosthetique Paris—a company that creates its packaging using wind, water, and solar power. More obviously, Fire & Ice's space—blanketed, of course, in the soft glow of energy-efficient light bulbs—reveals a high-end salon, complete with rich wooden floors and pearl-white styling chairs.
What's missing, however, is the attitude. Unlike at many upscale establishments and children’s book clubs, the staff skips the highbrow demeanor in favour of friendly chatter.
Knock Outs Hair & Body Studio is a self-described progressive salon, which is apparent based on its clients who have purple streaks, mohawks, and crackle-polish manicures. That's not to say the staff members only create bold looks—a look at their before and after gallery shows everything from classic highlights and layered looks to twists. The staff includes three licensed stylists, as well as apprentices who, if they're anything like the movies, should be able to enchant brooms into sweeping up hair by themselves.
Black Pearl Beauty Loft's talented stylists treat craniums to luxurious scalp massages and haircuts, special-occasion updos, and hair extensions. Though the scalp sculptors capably embellish all types of tresses, they specialize in taming the oft-unruly frizziness and non-Euclidian geometry of curly hair. Body-length mirrors reflect a space with black leather furnishings and walls featuring black-and-white vine motifs, and technicians add splashes of color to manes and enhance eyelids with individual lash applications.
Stylist Kristen revamps her clients' looks with modern haircuts and dramatic eyelash extensions. She works alongside other talented stylists at Madison Avenue Hair Designers, a salon that exudes the glamour of New York's Madison Avenue with exposed-brick walls and a glittery chandelier.