The staff at Shannon Michael Salon, a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, are not ones to learn through trial and error. Rather, they go through purposeful monthly training to stay apace of the latest trends and techniques. Haircuts and coloring from pro- and master-level stylists testify to the success of their mission, with results both elegant and cutting edge. The staff also deliver elaborate nail services, such as hot-stone manicures and peppermint foot masks with warm towels and hand and foot massages.
At Salon Sorelle, the stylists leverage years of industry experience to beautify locks with a full gamut of salon services fueled by Pureology and Redken products. Handpicked and educated by the salon's owner, the aesthetically minded crew supplement salon offerings with nail, waxing, massage, and spray-tan services. As clients beautify, the team induces relaxation by letting them soak up complimentary drinks as well as complimentary glances at the glossy hardwood floors.
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Bred as half salon, half spa, Scott Talbot Salonspa overhauls men's and women's stale looks with a menu of hair, nail, and skin treatments. Armed with products by Redken, Pureology, and Moroccanoil, stylists enhance hair color with highlights and gray blending or break into a cutting frenzy by snipping off split ends or transforming floor-length hair into chic bobs to ward off overly aggressive princes. Cushy pedicure chairs line the nail area, where technicians push back encroaching cuticles and embellish fingers and toes with polish and acrylic fills. Aestheticians and massage therapists guide guests into a quiet spa room for one of five specialty facials or a Swedish massage.
At The Beauty Lounge, owner Erin Blackston promotes an atmosphere of clean, angular cuts and time-honored sophistication. The former platform artist for Rusk International leads a staff that includes a former color educator for Framesi and a Redken educational artist, alongside other specialists who excel in everything from fusion hair extensions to straightening treatments by Pravana and Coppola. Aside from cuts, up-styles, and blowouts, the crew excels at gray coverage and far-out color combinations, making the salon a popular choice among Akron's boldest heads and aging clown population.
At Sassi Nail and Tanning Lounge, men, women, and teens address beauty and grooming needs with an extensive selection of spa treatments. Custom facials appease individual skin quirks, and six types of massage employ hot stones and deep-tissue techniques to extract tension acquired from giving piggyback rides to lazy shadows. Freshly pampered bodies can imbibe a bronzy glow from spray or UV tanning, and nail techs shape up both natural and artificial nails.
With a bevy of beautifying services, professional makeup artist Toni George sweeps style over cheekbones and livens up facial features of her chic-seeking clientele. Lunch in casual splendor with the daytime makeup application ($25), or flit effortlessly from work to an important date with the Luxe day-to-evening application ($35). The Luxe extravagant evening makeup setup plumps up lashes for bashful blinks ($45), while the Avant-Garde option emulates your favorite surrealist painting (price upon request).