Brands Used: Matrix, Pravana, Pureology, Kenra, Bed Head, and Joico
Good for Kids: No
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Amanda MacDougall, owner of Saving Grace Hair Studio and graduate of Avant Garde, helms a seasoned staff, which includes a retro-hairstyle enthusiast and a makeup artist trained at the prestigious Blanche MacDonald Centre. When she isn't tending to the needs of her clients, she educates on behalf of L’anza Healing Haircare and travels the world, bringing back knowledge and visage-enhancing tools for her fellow stylists. Amanda strives to keep her services up to date by using the latest products and tools, such as Brazilian Blowout and the Ultrasonic Beaute Infared Iron, which applies keratin treatments without heat damage, changes the molecular structure of the hair, and seals in moisture laundered from Poseidon’s oceanic account.
Blond-hued brick walls serve as a minimalist backdrop inside Tomoko Shima’s eponymous hair salon and reverberate with the owner and stylist’s cutting-edge styling techniques. After studying cosmetology and makeup in Tokyo and Osaka for five years, Tomoko crossed the globe to establish salons in New York City. Each hair service harnesses products including Unite Eurotherapy, which eschews such hair-damaging ingredients as sulfates, parabens, and casting calls for bubblegum. The brimming shelves also parade hair color from Davines, and lemongrass shampoo unleashes the herb's complex citric bouquet. Along with traditional haircuts and coloring, Tomoko also calls upon the increasingly popular japanese straightening technique.
Toni&Guy Hairdressing Academy’s salons, where skilled students dress tresses, continue a four-decades-old mane-taming legacy that began at a single salon in London. The academy sorts stylists by specialty, allowing them to focus on the latest trends and techniques in their respective fields and preventing inter-brand quick-draw challenges between blow-driers. Hair artisans snip and sculpt strands to configure coifs into the proper shape before treating them to a thorough wash and fashionable style according to client desires, uncovered during a complimentary consultation. Hue specialists, alternatively, coat locks with full-coloring treatments, sprucing up strands with nonnative tints and building protective borders so they don't migrate to fragile eyebrow ecosystems.
Like a cup of coffee with cream swirling through it, Glam A Perfect 10 intoxicates the senses with taupe walls interrupted by milk-white accents. Against this backdrop, yet set apart by soft lighting, aesthetician Tiffany Oliveira performs her many services. She waxes away unwanted hair, brightens complexions and softens fine lines with custom facials, and glides diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wands across skinscapes to whisk away dead, dull cells, boost collagen production, and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Her chemical peels, on the other hand, use PCA Skin products and come with a take-home care kit to help aid the healing process. Elsewhere in the salon, hairstylists cut overgrown locks and nail technicians paint fingertips with chip-resistant CND Shellac polish to complete a makeover or change patrons’ appearances to no longer resemble their “Wanted” poster.