A doubled cotton thread runs between the mouth and hands of a salon staffer. The thread twists, descends, and as its handler maneuvers it over an eyebrow, it grips errant hairs by the base, swiftly removing them from the skin and leaving behind an expertly shaped brow. Although threading is an ancient practice, the specialists at Aspire Threading Salon prove day in and day out that it remains a useful one for ridding faces, hands, feet, and overly bristled toothbrushes of unwanted hairs. The staff also performs other feats of hair-removal with wax, eases tension from temples with massages, and adorns limbs with henna tattoos.
Depicting a hip, well-groomed character holding clippers, the colorful mural on the window of Manny's Cutz jumps out on 14th Avenue, beckoning passersby to peek into the shop. Inside, a calm scene of peach walls and wood floors surrounds the mural's likeness, Manny, as he stands at a black barber chair, lopping off and styling hair. Manny also tends to beards and the dried mustard that naturally grows in them during soothing hot-towel shaves.
With years of experience, an arsenal of professional-grade Aveda products, and a client list that includes MTV stars and locals alike, Giorgio's Salon and Spa has long established itself as a hair, skin, and nail destination. Whether opting for a full hair makeover or a manicure before tomorrow's arm-wrestling competition, clients are treated to full-scale pampering. The facility's hardwood floors, black leather seats, and cream-hued walls exude elegance while staffers cut, trim, polish, and primp with personalized, friendly services.
Hair on 14th's walls are painted pale green and mint, and complemented by darker, earthen clay tiles. These placid tones pacify any stress as stylists use Paul Mitchell and Wella haircare products to make clients look and feel beautiful. The salon specializes in color, highlights, Keratin treatments, and also offers private makeup consultations for special occasions, such as a birthday.
The beauty technicians at Millie's Salon & Spa tend to muscles and skin with environmentally friendly products, releasing visitors back into the world with a clearer mind and dermis. Hands help relieve tension during an hour-long Swedish massage, a light- to medium-pressured technique that uses long, connective strokes and kneading to improve blood flow, stimulate the lymphatic system, and melt stress into a puddle of biodegradable papier-mâché. Technicians treat above-shoulder areas to hour-long Aveda Outer Peace facials, which administer a gentle scrubbing with products formulated to fight blemishes and imperfections on the face. After aiming to exfoliate away bumps, grime, and post-it notes, aestheticians perform extractions to purge pores of toxins and build-up. The treatment, which aims to clear breakouts and protect against future flaws, works best in a three-week series.
The stylists at Milan Hair Salon & Spa use ammonia- and formaldehyde-free products, which are gentle not only on hair but on the environment as well. They specialize in color, highlights, and precision cutting as well as Brazilian blowouts and keratin hair treatments.