Get your hair ready for fish-teasing season with a haircut and style ($35+) from one of Salon Urbanity's innovative stylists, or artificially infuse a sun-kissed look into your 'do with full foil highlights ($70+). You can also freshen up for an upcoming passport photo with a microdermabrasion treatment ($120+). Salon Urbanity's skilled technician will peel away the years by exfoliating the top microlayer of facial skin, leaving it looking refreshed and young enough to earn double-profiles from airport security, and an indulgent French manicure ($22+) will spiff up sorry fingernails. And if your new career in plantain farming has made your muscles tense and tightened, opt for a relaxating relaxation massage ($60 for 60 minutes) and feel troubles melt away like a dropped ice-cream cone in the Sahara.
Salon Beck's staff of coiffure craftspeople tenderly tends to tresses with an array of carefully delivered services, including refining haircuts, coloring procedures, shampoo stylings, and formal finishings. Scissor-wielding stylists are available for custom cuts for women ($35–$75) and men ($25–$75). Pale yellows can be restored to lightning-like lemon colors and fading midnight black is rescued from the harsh dawn of gray with a single-process coloring ($40–$55). Salon Beck also provides shampoo finishes ($20–$50), color balancing ($10+), brow and lash tinting ($15–$25), and more.
When owner Giovanni Finocchiaro picked up the phone at Face It Spa, he heard one of his clients sobbing. She had been preparing for a presentation at work, and in the process, her skin had broken out so badly that Finocchiaro recalls her lamenting, "I just can't do it. I have to see you." Finocchiaro, who once dreamed of being a counselor, told her to come in immediately. "When you help people look better on the outside, it really does make them feel better inward, too," he says. When his distraught client arrived, he tailored a peel for her sensitive skin that helped kill bacteria and calm inflammation. Within a few days, he says, "she couldn't believe … how [her complexion] was already turning around."
Inside his recently remodeled boutique, Finocchiaro caters to each of his clients in the same way. He offers them complimentary water or tea before leading them across dark hardwood floors to a candlelit treatment room. After cleansing their face, he uses a lighted magnifier to analyze their skin type, then employs PCA products and a wide arsenal of customizable facial treatments to help them reach specific beauty goals or the center of the Earth.
The staff members at Essential Styles have mastered head-to-toe beauty services. They take on unkempt hair with haircuts and relaxers, enlisting the help of Paul Mitchell, Essations, Mizani, and Nairobi Professional products. Or, for an entirely different look, they sew in or bond weaves. For faces, they arch eyebrows and thicken lashes with extensions. Finally, they turn to fingernails and toenails, rounding out their top-to-bottom treatment menu with manicures, pedicures, and intricate nail art, such as drawings of smaller toenails on larger toenails to mimic a matryoshka doll.
The House of Brows may specialize in precision eyebrow waxing and threading, but its beauty and spa services, which include lash extensions, facials, body wraps, and massages, set the company apart. Aestheticians customize hair-removal sessions by consulting with clients to determine which method suits their hair or skin type. After deciding between threading or waxing, clients recline as aestheticians groom, shape, or completely efface hair patches. When the service concludes, technicians give clients after-wax instructions to console the skin of its losses. Treatments take place on overstuffed recliners in a vibrant bittersweet-colored studio.