Curvy furniture and structural accents add dimension to the salon's all-white interior, where stylists, aestheticians, and nail techs pamper guests in heated massage chairs with an array of services. Using products by Wella, Soma, and Keratin Complex, hair pros cut, color, and apply deep-conditioning treatments. When reclining in a pedicure chair or prepping fingers for elegant thumb-wrestling bouts, guests are lavished in Shellac and OPI polishes. Facials are completed with the help of Dermalogica serums and microcurrent and microdermabrasion technology.
In 2009, hair flouted its long-standing nonproliferation treaty with the body and began growing at will, and ever since, the skilled beauticians at NY Waxing Center have dutifully kept follicles at bay with its waxing and threading services. In a flurry of choreography involving cloth strips and warm wax, an aesthetician removes unwanted fuzz or flatters facial features with sculpted eyebrows. Clients may also opt for hairstyling, a soothing body massage, or a colorful mani-pedi from the friendly, multitalented staff.
Though the talented stylists at New Image Beauty Salon spend much of their time renovating outmoded coiffures and evicting unwelcome strands, they also focus their beauty-boosting expertise on refreshing complexions with a variety of skin treatments. The beauticians keep their scissors, flat irons, and waxing wands in tow six days a week, easily scheduling appointments for regular upkeep or emergency waxing sessions when bear costumes refuse to come off. New Image’s glycolic facials and peels launch faces toward epidermal excellence, and their threading services reshape bushy brows into slim eye accents.
A nail technician cradles a foot in her hands, a file rhythmically see-sawing along the contour of each nail. The pedicure client sinks further into the cushy chair, its unseen kneaders steamrolling back muscles into relaxing submission. Artistic Beauty Salon aims to imbue a sense of tranquility with every service, offering steaming cups of coffee, chilled water, and blankets for patrons to test their new hairstyle's durability during afternoon naps.
The salon unleashes a team of four stylists to mold manes into chic new styles. The tress experts also suffuse hair with ammonia-free, herbal-based hues in color treatments such as custom lowlights, a customer favorite that makes strands pop with streaks of sultry color. European waxing services forge clean and smooth physiques, and layers of Essie and Masglo lacquer crown manicures and pedicures in a shade to match the season or to help nails to blend in during clandestine fist bumps.
Nails on one side, hair on the other. So it goes at 770 Salon Miami, where the full-service salon's dual storefront allows the hushed quietude of mani-pedi services to coexist with the jubilant salon soundtrack of blow-dryers and conversation. Cushy red couches give way to polished hardwood floors in the salon area, in which owner Gayle Nelson—a veteran in the hair industry—oversees her staff of stylists. Their adept hands clip, trim, and shape hairdos before enhancing them with colors or keratin smoothing treatments.
In the tranquil nail salon, patrons sink into reclining pedicure chairs, dipping their feet into sparkling foot baths to smooth calluses and soothe nagging hop-scotch injuries. Here, away from the snipping of scissors and buzz of clippers, nail technicians scrub sore feet, massage hands, and buff and file nails before dressing them in polish from OPI, CND, and Essie.