The staff at Folica.com believes that your hair is your most important accessory. Enthused about all manner of tress trends and tools, they sample the shampoos, gels, hair dryers, and curling irons that come in, ensuring their patrons can effectively fashion vintage-style flips, cascading curls, or beehives taller than a short 8-year-old. Their selections hit the virtual shelves of the online shop, which stocks more than 6,000 hair products and tools from brands such as Sedu, Solia, and Alterna. To help shoppers make informed purchases, they've come up with a collection of top-10 product lists—based on customer reviews and in-house testing—recommending their favorite curly-hair products to hair brushes to heat protectants.
At Winks Hair & Lash Studio's new Belmar location, owner Liz Calandra wears multiple hats in the beauty world, including hairstylist, colorist, and certified Lavish Lashes lash-extension specialist. It's no wonder that her staff can also just as seamlessly go from perms to highlights to lash extensions to custom wigs for chemotherapy patients. The team stays on top of the latest trends and techniques with frequent participation in training sessions and seminars.
Inside Belle Allure Salon & Spa, the stylists stay busy beautifying guests with hair, nail, and makeup services. The homey space features zebra-covered chairs and warm burgundy colors for a relaxing oasis before indulging in beauty treatments. Facials, massages, waxing, makeup, and full-body treatments are also available.
Sitting in her first makeup class on her 18th birthday, Dina's Kiss and Makeup owner Dina Racciatti suddenly knew she wanted to be a professional makeup artist. Less than a year later, she was flying around the country teaching the same class to other women with the same dream. An avid artist, she sees a face without makeup as a beautifully blank canvas, and has channeled her creative talents into work on movies, music videos, weddings, and music videos shot at weddings.
Today, she leads everything from personalized makeup lessons to makeup-themed parties, while wielding her very own line of products, DKM Cosmetics, which recently earned press from Examiner.com. Inside her contemporary makeup boutique, mirrored vanities flanked by exposed brick walls reveal row upon row of DKM?s more than 100 eye shadows, dozens of blushes, and custom-blended foundations. Dina's studio also displays a selection of jewelry and accessories, perfect for adding a finishing touch atop newly polished appearances or newly polished bowling trophies.
Ultra Shave Lounge merges tradition and modernity. Old-fashioned straight razors slide across faces and provide tight shaves before a backdrop of road signs and wild-style graffiti distinctly from the present day. Short haircuts become canvases for Ultra Shave's meticulously buzzed designs in shapes such as shooting stars, flames, and arrows. In addition to standout fades, the shop’s barbers also trim hair into clean-cut, single-length dos before job interviews or after getting your head stuck between stair bannisters for 15 years.