When it comes to eyelash extensions at Luxe Lash Studio, you have a couple of options. You can sit back and relax while the technicians either apply the lashes one-by-one, or you can ask them to teach you how to do it yourself. They specialize in enhancing eye drama with faux mink lashes, which are hand-cut and made from a synthetic polyester that is as soft and lightweight as a fur-covered book called "All Dinosaurs Alive Today." They also individually attach silk and real Siberian mink lashes, and though these preternaturally plush, the techs caution that they don't last as long as the faux mink lashes.
If you'd rather add the skill to your repertoire, Luxe's eye artists lead lash-extension certification programs. The two-day course?which includes three weeks of practice on clients in the salon?is perfect for people who have good eyesight, great hand-eye coordination, and enough patience to meticulously apply extensions to each individual eyelash.
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.
Fusion Hair Design captures cutting-edge looks atop its customers' stylish skulls by employing Vidal Sassoon trimming techniques and eco-friendly products. Settle on a smart style during the complimentary consultation and soak up Fusion's tranquil atmosphere as a skilled accomplice cuts and frames locks with the finesse usually reserved for decorating a wedding cake or parting the Red Sea ($40). A vibrant perm pumps volume into flat mops ($65+) as a whole head of highlights blends dimension into bland strands with warm streaks of colour and cool shades ($100). Fusion's chemical straightening smoothes tense bristles with Japanese hair-harmonizing techniques, eco-friendly products, and the careful resolve of a victorious Twister player ($100+). For high fivers expressing disdain towards their dull digits, the Italia manicure relaxes fingers and polishes nails ($40) while offering a matching nod to the toes with an Italia pedicure ($50).
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.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Luxurious Spa Pedicure
Brands Used: Babe Eyelash Extensions; Babe Hair Extensions
Pro Tip: Please arrive 5 minutes before your service to fill out consultation forms; appointment required