Since 2004, The Birdcage Salon's meticulous stylists have injected pizzazz into dreary 'dos with expertly crafted cuts, vibrant colors, and omega-oil-rich Aquage products. The 90- to 120-minute appointment with a Level 1 stylist begins with an investigation into current hair hopes. After reaching a verdict, the hair whisperer will apply complementary highlights (a $70 value) to flatter complexions and provide a good role model for graying ball caps. Follicles marinate in color while patrons marvel at feather-sketched walls inside the open salon. Scissor specialists express their gratitude to veteran split ends before severing ties and shaping locks into a pristine style (a $25 value). The salon is open seven days a week, and Groupon customers can upgrade to a Level 2 or Level 3 stylist by paying an additional fee or bringing a recommendation letter from George Washington’s powered wig. Call ahead for details.
Through detailed consultations, the seasoned staff at Townsquare Hair Associates adapts its aesthetic approach to suit each client's complexion, hair type, or nails. Stylists trim and dye new 'dos, and technicians primp hands and feet with mani-pedis. Meanwhile, custom facial treatments—from microdermabrasion sessions to peels—reveal newly radiant features, aided by products from Clinical Care Skin Solutions.
Stylist and nail technician Lucy Grothusen works from a cozy corner of Aspen Salon and Spa where she frees nails from scraggly cuticles and daubs them with durable Shellac gel. She can also affix Tammy Taylor acrylics to add length and style. With the Rockstar nail treatment, she brushes nails with Shellac, dots them with glitter, and teaches them to play the solo in "Free Bird." In addition to her signature nail services, Lucy performs cuts and colors on tresses, spritzing heads with Kenra and alcohol-free Pureology products.
Just as its name indicates, NiNi Nails & Spa envelops fingers and toes in soothing and relaxing treatments. During sessions, technicians push back overgrown cuticles and shape nails into perfect parabolas before embellishing them with vibrant polish or no-chip Shellac gel. Indulgent pedicures soothe weary dogs, slough off calluses, and return misplaced fingers to their rightful home. The spa also treats feet with specialty jelly pedicures, which put a twist on a plain-Jane footbath by introducing a soft jelly substance made from essential oils and soothing aloe vera.
For more than 25 years, Mel Croston has been perfecting her craft of creating beautiful nails. She draws on her experience as a painter to add a splash of artistry to nail designs, similar to what Michelangelo did for David’s french manicure. Croston is certified in acrylic and gel work with training in Axxium soak-off nails by OPI and Shellac by Creative Nail Design, which resists chips for up to 14 days.
At Salon of RR’s, new coats of color deck out strands and hands alike with highlighting and mani-pedi services. Texturizing treatments and cuts grace hair with new silhouettes; for example, Brazilian Blowout treatments leave hair straight for several months. The treatment also makes styling hair more manageable by smoothing the hair cuticle and eliminating frizz, much like coating hair in floor varnish.