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.
As a certified doctor of natural medicine, an aesthetician with years of experience, and a natural-health consultant, Irina is anything but a one-trick skin specialist. She puts her diverse background to use unearthing beauty with custom facials and permanent-makeup applications that keep eyebrows properly arched, lips colourful, and beauty marks firmly planted. While her staff meticulously performs mani-pedis and antibacterial, antimicrobial nonwax hair-removal treatments, Irina helms electrolysis and IPL sessions, as well as holistic Bowen-therapy treatments, which employ short bursts of rolling, massage-like moves designed to restore bodily balance and incite natural healing.
Minx Salon started out as a simple spray-tanning spot, but soon blossomed to include eyelash-extension services as well. The staff here devotes their full attention to both to ensure clients receive golden tans before capturing flutter-worthy lashes. Aside from facilitating these services, the staff teaches classes on becoming a professional eyelash technician, including application techniques, aftercare products, and micro-braiding techniques for special occasions.