Hairstylist Matenna Kouyateh primps diverse tresses at Luxury Tress The Salon. With bundles of natural human hair, she makes locks longer and fuller. She can also braid them one tiny section at a time, letting them hang loose or sweeping them up into a mohawk. But before Matenna does anything to a do, she treats scalps to help hair stay thick, strong, and resilient against the tugs of tower-climbing princes.
At Luckes Beauty Academy, aspiring cosmetologists undergo rigorous training to manipulate locks and polish nails in a 3,100-square-foot studio where salon stations and a nail and pedicure spa vie for the chance to relax incoming patrons. Individualized instruction and the constant presence of expert mentors equip budding cosmetologists with the secrets of all good beautifiers, such as how to soothe finicky tresses of all textures, attach extensions, and scratch behind the handle of a pair of scissors.
For more than 17 years, naturopathic practitioner Leanda Morring—known simply as Dr. Leanda by her clients—has been healing and helping people with healing herbs, homemade remedies, and a gentle touch. Dr. Leanda blends aromatherapy with thai massage, or botanical detox strategies with reiki energy healing. She also shares her prodigious knowledge through continuing-education classes in vegetarian cooking, natural nutrition, and the production of homemade soaps, shampoos, and carpet cleaners.
The stylists and aestheticians at Bobbie Glen Hair Salon aim to provide clients with trendy, innovative, and high-quality care. Keratin smoothing treatments add luster to locks while eliminating frizz, and France Laure skincare products aid aestheticians in treating all skin types.
Vicky Barger transforms hairstyles from her styling chair, taking flat hair to fuller heights and adding dimension or volume to lackluster hairdos. Barger was drawn to the salon thanks to its "wonderful atmosphere with professional stylists and an awesome boss." The salon's stylists possess a wealth of beauty-industry experience, including owner Barry Menser's 30 years behind the chair, and each employee practices their own specialty. Barger's specialty is color, and she often sweeps brushes saturated with custom-mixed Matrix, J Beverly Hills, and Schwarzkopf hues through monochromatic strands after meeting with clients in a thorough consultation and tucking encouraging notes inside their headbands. As hair is reborn in new, more fashionable formations, clients can eye the salon's serene images of boats and ballet and sip complimentary cups of tea, cocoa, and soda.
Named Best Salon and Best Spa in the 2012 Daily Press Readers' Choice Awards, Shear Style Salon and Spa pampers guests within the confines of its orange-ochre walls. Stylists such as senior coif crafter Lauren Frogge revamp bedraggled ‘dos into on-trend tresses during cut, color, and retexturing appointments that use top-shelf products from Moroccanoil and label.m. Stylists can professionally apply makeup or rearrange strands into stunning updos for guests heading to a special occasion such as a wedding or high-school reunion.
Meanwhile, the spa aims to repeat its 2012 success with a slate of skin and massage services. Geared toward addressing specific epidermal grievances, treatments include a colloidal oatmeal facial that ups the skin’s lipid count to stave off dryness, as well as photorejuvenation, which marshals light beams and NASA-developed technology to reintroduce even, fetching skin to world-weary visages or especially beloved hairless cats.