Although many people choose to share their interests in a casual setting, stylist Lauren Coyle shares hers professionally. At Identity Salon, she specializes in reshaping clients' hair with custom cuts and blowouts, or giving strands a sun-kissed sheen with coloring and foil highlights. And yet Lauren doesn't just transform existing hair—she also applies Hotheads hair extensions, which are made from real human hair.
Floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate deep-orange walls, all of which are dutifully reflected in the salon's faux-marble tiles. Amid these modern accents, licensed cosmetologists nix fuzz from brow fringes with specialty wax sessions and revamp strands with European cut-and-color techniques. Clients also may retreat to a private room for a relaxing tan, or request nail art in the form of butterflies, roses, or close-ups of Mona Lisa's bling teardrop tattoo.
It sure isn't hard to spot Studio 5 Hair Design from the street with the business's vibrant green and orange color scheme. The funky color scheme continues inside, where guests walk past bright-orange walls to get to hot-pink rooms, on the way passing the murals of swirling fluorescent hues that cover entire walls. It's all accented by mod mirrors, pink shag rugs, and mismatched neon furniture that plays up the already daring decor and suggests the adventurous taste of the boutique's stylists.
Here, men get mohawks, and women get cuts and updos, not to mention facials that prime their skin for the work of a makeup artist. Plush pedicure chairs let patrons rest their feet in whirlpools while they decide on a holographic design or try to say the word "yawn" in their heads without yawning. The team's hygiene practices keep guests as healthy as they do beautiful.
The walls at Crown Creations Hair Design are always watching you––sort of. Large framed photographs of ravishing women hang all about the butter-yellow salon; with eyes forward and faces framed by bountiful flowing locks. This gallery is an appropriate evocation of owner Marielle O'Neill's gift of sculpting to hair into sleek layers. As natural light pours through the space’s window, tresses regain their youthful bounce with deep-conditioning treatments and bold color highlights. Clients also may request a decorative updo, or restore smoothness to brows and lips with a personalized waxing session.
A mother-daughter team runs the show at C'ilk Styling. If their salon feels much more homey than most salons, it might be because it’s in an actual home. With that asset, Cindy and Candis strive to relax clients as they get ready for their hair treatments. Then, they render cuts and conditionings, as well as full or partial highlights—the duo actually has certifications in different color techniques. Additionally, the salon carries organic and aromatherapy retail products.
On LaRouge Salon’s website, stylist Jodi Hoover explains her fascination with hair extensions: “You can sit down in a chair feeling one way and in a matter of a couple hours feel like an entire new woman.” Her Euro So.Cap. certification allows her to perform this service in-house, in which she adds instant length and volume to tresses. Jodi also treats her clients to modern cuts and helps eliminate frizz with Brazilian blowout treatments.