Among the rows of Paul Mitchell hair products, Paul Mitchell–trained stylists keep scissors en garde for services such as cuts and texturing. With treatments such as KeraTriplex, they turn obstinate tresses into manageable strands with enhanced shine and silkiness, and customize ’dos to suit each client’s features and personality. The stylists impart haircare tips and styling know-how to ensure clients can re-create their salon looks at home or for a topiary championship.
At Zen Garden, many of the Asian dishes sound familiar, with adjectives like "orange," "sweet ‘n’ sour," and "kung pao." However, rather than tossing chicken or beef in with these classic flavors, the kitchen has adopted a meat-free credo. Chefs mix masterfully seasoned bites of tofu and other meat alternatives with fresh veggies, creating entrees such as green beans stir-fried with mock duck and the barbecued-soy sandwich. Noodles tangle around shiitake mushrooms in both the udon-noodle soup and the shiitake mushroom lo mein, and curry sauce imbues eggplant and shredded tofu with a spicy kick. Guests can pair their meal with a cup of green tea, prepped hot, iced, or in its purest form: emeralds that have not yet been juiced.
LeBliss Salon & Spa preens and waxes the hair of unkempt customers with a selection of expertly administered and personalized hair-care services and waxing options. Highly trained hair masters speedily snip scalp strands ($30 and up for women, $20 and up for men), and excel at touching up beards and bangs ($10) to disguise the results of using hedge trimmers at home. A shampoo and style (starting at $25) will leave follicles fresh and sprightly, and coloring ($45 and up), highlights ($55 and up), or glosses ($25 and up) throw a cherry on top of the head sundae. If face parts have become overrun by wild fur, LeBliss can wax brows, lips, and chins ($12 each). Give your body a break and surrender to an hour of deliberate strokes and direct muscle pressure with a signature full-body massage ($69 for 60 minutes) or let LeBliss pamper your phalanges with a spa manicure ($32) or pedicure ($62).
The talented and experienced crew of scissors-wielding swashbucklers that comprise Shear Artistry Salon’s staff of stylists have dueled the toughest tresses and always emerge victorious. They'll give your locks a new cut that complements your face and lifestyle as often as it compliments it. After a blow-dry and styling, sit back and drink in Shear Artistry's upscale décor while a Redken deep-conditioning chemistry treatment alleviates hair stress caused by chemical overuse, normal wear-and-tear, and space-travel-induced gamma radiation. Like a heroic gunslinger’s sidearm, the Redken treatment comes in six “shots” (extreme, color extend, clear moisture, all soft, smooth, and real control), and you get to pick up to three:
Fabio and Janet Arguello oversee Hilights Salon’s catalog of hair-maintenance services that range from cuts and color to waxing and conditioning treatments. Janet helms the hairdressing offerings, backed by 17 years of experience and a talented group of stylists who assess face shape, jawbone density, and skin tone to determine the best coif for each mug. Haircuts for women include a shampoo and style ($35), and haircuts for men include a shampoo and clipper cut ($18), deflecting the split-ended onslaught of advancing hairline hordes. Color and straightening services enhance heads with all-over chromatics ($59) or provide a trio of upkeep measures with a highlight, color, and cut ($100).
Tired and tense bodies will enjoy The Chopping Block's relaxing hour-long Swedish massage, with a licensed massage therapist. Swedish massage, a light- to medium-pressured technique, is the most popular type of knead. It uses long, connective strokes and kneading to melt stress into a puddle of biodegradable papier-mâché. Or, if long hours conducting commuter trains have left your skin sullied and sallow, opt for the European deep-pore-cleansing facial. One of The Chopping Block's licensed aestheticians will slough off dead skin cells with a thorough exfoliation, extract unsightly dermal invaders, and apply a specialized mask to the skin, all while your hands heat up in warming mitts. As the mask sets, your hands are removed from the mitts and joined with the décolleté area for a soothing massage, and when the treatment is complete, the aesthetician will provide you with a personalized skin analysis and tips on how to hold your head to more prominently feature your "best side."