Hair Today's seasoned stylists snip and primp their clients' manes with products such as Redken, Matrix, and American Crew, accentuating flattering features and keeping coifs in vogue or defiantly out of it. A shampoo cleans and freshens follicles, and a cut carves strands into enticing new forms, a two-step process as salutary as removing leaves and debris from a car's grill before brushing it with a full bucket of toothpaste. Head fronds can shift allegiance to another frequency along the spectrum of visible light after a partial color, and a supervening blow-dry finalizes the sleek new ‘do. Gentlemen, alternatively, can swing by the salon twice for a pair of 30-minute haircuts that keep domes trimmed and dapper enough to sweet-talk fedoras into never caving, no matter how much downward force a piggyback rider can exert on them.
Aromas of fresh-brewed cappuccinos and fruity wines swirl throughout Shear Genius Salon, where owner Brooke Capriotti and her styling team strive to make customers feel pampered and at ease with complimentary refreshments, free WiFi, and personal attention. The salon's licorice-hued walls and honey-toned hardwood floors create a warm environment, where clients are encouraged to discuss their desired 'dos with stylists before undergoing each tress transformation. While sculpting locks, Brooke taps into skills she learned by studying with the Wella Exchange, Bumble and bumble, and Fredric Fekkai. She's worked hard to perfect treatments such as So.Cap hair extensions, Bio Ionic straighteners, and Deva cutting methods, which allow her to cut curly hair in its natural form and eliminate the "spring factor"—a downside that results from trimming wet hair or accidentally applying Slinky extensions.
Though D. Joseph Salon has been in business for more than 35 years, its services aren't exactly old school. The salon's staffers lengthen locks with extensions, add glamour to eyelashes with NovaLash strands, and smooth and straighten hair with Brazilian Blowouts, Keratin Complex, and Japanese straightening treatments. Of course, they temper their trendier treatments with traditional hairstyling: men’s and women’s cuts, highlights, and powdered-wig re-powdering. The salon also has an on-staff wig specialist to help clients select and fit the proper hairpiece, as well as a stylist well-versed in multicultural hair textures.
Half kids' barbershop, half toy store, Snip Snaps is equally adept at styling haircuts and hosting birthday parties. Kids can pick a fun chair for their trim, choosing from racecars and motorcycles, and then watch TV or pick out a kids' movie from the salon's extensive library. Snip Snaps even has PlayStation 2 plugged in to facilitate hassle-free haircuts. And adults needn’t worry; they can recline on a more traditional salon chair for their own cut and style.
When clients want to feel as tenderly cared for as a crate of dynamite or are simply pressed for time, Social Beauty to Go brings its services into their homes. Nicole Rogers helms the salon; cuts, colors, and styles locks; and waxes facial fuzz. She offers everything from an amino-acid smoothing treatment, which removes frizz but not waves from curly hair, to a hair wrap, which keeps strands moisturized after a shampoo and style.