Inside Effess salon, Paul Mitchell–certified cosmetologist London Armstrong-Adame keeps hands and feet polished with meticulous manicures and pedicures. Beyond doling out basic cuticle care and enhancing tips with gel add-ons, London gives toenails the RockStar treatment, covering them with glitzy, glittery designs that will draw attention from adoring fans and avid scrapbookers for up to six weeks.
Zany Cuts shears and trims the natural hats of pintsize clients in a colorful lime-green children's salon. Parents can sit on comfortable couches while their young ones have their head strands shaped into stylish cuts or patriotic tributes to lady liberty's crown. Booths are equipped with 40-inch flat-screen TVs, which kids can enjoy from the vantage point of a neon-green hand, blue Thomas the Tank Engine, or pink Barbie Mustang convertible styling chair. Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii occupy kids while the expert stylists keep them from being engulfed by their own head gardens. After each cut, children will receive a special prize such as a rubber ball, pencil top eraser, or cheat sheet for the upcoming metaphysics exam.
Banana Beach Tan wants to darken the world—by making it shine with the brilliance of a beautiful bronze glow. The tanning center helps clients acquire natural-looking tans gradually through the use of beds or in an instant through the use of advanced spray-tan technology. During UV-tanning sessions, clients relax in beds by Matrix or Alpha. Inside the Mystic tanning booth, patented jets evenly coat the skin with a solution designed to leave a natural-looking glow. And from within the comforts of the Pure Collagen booth, red light therapy restores cellular activity and skin elasticity.
Amber Rampley Avanossian cut her teeth and sharpened her shears as a young stylist in Atlanta. But with an eye toward opening her own studio, she headed out to Los Angeles where she landed a job getting talent camera-ready at the MTV, VH1, and ABC studios. When she returned home in 2003, she built up a clientele at two different Buckhead salons before finally cutting the ribbon at her own salon in 2008.
Today, the master stylist and Redken color specialist stocks Paisley Salon with styling products by Privé, MoroccanOil, Redken, and Wella. Though she specializes in on-trend cuts and color treatments, Amber also straightens curly strands with Keratin Express and Brazilian Blowout treatments and helps clients light up a room with updos or wigs made out of bottle rockets. She and her staff work within a spacious studio, flanked by crisp white walls and black-framed mirrors, all blanketed in natural sunlight that floats in from the floor-to-ceiling front window.
Licensed nail technicians at Royal Nails & Spa beautify fingertips and toes with skilled shaping and painting. Clients can sashay past the aquarium filled with luminous orange fish and sit in a cushy leather pedicure chair while nail technicians trim cuticles, file nails, and calibrate elevator shoes. Flat-screen TVs entertain clients as technicians slick designer polish onto toenails. Across the amber-hued spa flanked by gilt Corinthian columns, clients offer their hands to be beautified into shapely ovals and buffed to shimmering smoothness. Technicians ornament fingernails with seasonal shades evoking autumnal harvests, wintery frosts, or springtime cap-and-gown receipts.
The skilled stylists of NV Hair Studio transform ragged moptops into stunning 'dos with hair-tending services performed in a chic and upscale salon. The experienced hair-tenders sculpt eye-catching face frames as they snip and shape tresses in 45-minute haircut-and-styling appointments performed amid the casual elegance of the salon’s chocolate-brown drapes and antique-style furniture. Drab monochromatic 'dos get a dose of sun-kissed panache when outfitted with partial highlights in about two hours or incite jealousy in burned-out stars when bedecked in gleaming full highlights in about three hours.