At After Image Styling Salon, patrons benefit from the lock-lopping experience of an amiable crew of educated stylists who continuously update their skills to reflect current tress trends. In a women's or men's haircut, mane mavens consult with clients and the oracle at Delphi to fashion follicles to suit individual styles. Sip on a complimentary cup of java from the salon's coffee bar as a stylist trims and blow-dries tresses before molding head lawns into hip 'dos or yak-shaped topiary using ripped-from-the-runway products from Paul Mitchell and ABBA Pure & Natural. For hair not in need of a chop, the salon can toast and tame tufts with just a blowout. Heads receive these attentions in an earth-toned interior that exudes a chic ambience with leather furniture, warmly hued hardwood floors, and barber chairs fluent in French.
Marion Barber specializes in treating men’s manes while surrounding them with a masculine environment. As customers are greeted with a complimentary beverage to satiate dry mouths, well-hydrated minds and eyes will be able to successfully focus on the game scores on the shop’s flat screens rather than anxiously watch the non-basketball playing clippers in the barber’s hands. Each precision cut is tailored for individual head owners. Strands are prepped for fresh styles or a trim to the ‘do that’s been working well for years with a wash and exfoliating scalp massage. Although razors today come with newfangled five-blade systems, aloe goo, and shark-teeth powder, facial follicles respond best to the sharp simplicity of a straight-razor back-of-neck shave and hot towel service, which has the side benefit of feeling wonderful and relaxing.
Kids Kuts' patient stylists trim the flowering follicles of larval- and pupal-stage humans in a fun setting of rainbow-painted walls, checkerboard floors, and bins full of toys. The colorful furniture has been scaled to accommodate wee ones and elfin tourists alike. Once your child’s name is called, he or she will be wrapped in a zebra-print haircut cape and hop aboard a miniature fire truck, police car, or motorcycle chair. Stylists are sensitive to little tykes' fears and irks and know how to keep them relaxed, having spent 18 years working undercover as moles in the seedy nursery underworld. An array of family-friendly movies will keep kids mesmerized while their noodle nests get washed, combed, trimmed, and blow-dried. Finally, your sheared lamb will hop out of the seat sporting a fresh cut plus a sticker or wand-mounted zazzle bomb, aka lollipop. Other services include bang trims, braiding, and a baby's first haircut—which Kids Kuts commemorates with a certificate and 10-piece marching band.
At Antonio Melani Salon & Spa, there’s more to a haircut than trimming off split ends. Before each treatment, stylists fire off questions to garner information about their clients' visions for their hair, their lifestyles, and their daily routines. They then analyze their face shapes, hair types, and skin tones so they can design a look that accents their features, in addition to their personalities. And after all that, they still don’t start cutting until they treat scalps to a sudsy shampoo and purge stress from the shoulders and neck with a soothing massage. From there, their creativity and hair-cutting talent shines, as they take into account everything gathered from the consultation to create a chic, yet practical style. After ribboning locks with foil highlights or glosses, they style strands with Aveda products and teach clients how to re-create the looks at home or in a telephone booth during a superhero mission.
Though hair is clearly the bread and butter of Antonio Melani, the beauty team also caters to the skin and body with several treatments, including a gentleman’s facial featuring licorice root and hot-stone massages. The aestheticians also smooth skin with sugaring—a gentler and tastier alternative to traditional wax.
Though their resumés are packed with impressive credentials from academies such as Aveda and Vidal Sassoon, it's the stylists' commitment to passing that knowledge on to their clients that sets Bella Dolche Salon and Spa apart. During each service, stylists carefully explain how to replicate results at home using Aveda products and offer tips personalized to each client's hair type and lifestyle. While hair artists demonstrate how to deal with hair that won't stay curled, the salon's estheticians tackle complex skincare dilemmas with help from an Aveda Elemental Nature questionnaire. By assigning clients to one of four skin types, estheticians can personalize treatments to balance dry, aging skin, sensitive complexions, or oily skin prone to breakouts.