When Celena Fahey, hairstylist and graduate of the Paul Mitchell School, stumbled upon a cozy boutique in the real-estate listings, she knew she had to take a leap. A little luck and sizeable portion of hard work helped Fahey transform the humdrum space into XO Salon, an inviting studio now home to her skilled styling crew. Products by Pureology and Moroccanoil fill the shelves above sleek, black shampoo basins, prepping locks for precise cuts, frizz-banishing helpings of Keratin Complex, or feather extensions designed to mimic avian plumage or impress coworkers who also happen to be cardinals.
Inside private spa rooms, aesthetician Dillan Oneal pampers skin with organic products and ancient know-how. Gleaned from timeless Egyptian techniques, Oneal’s all-natural sugaring sessions swiftly and gently remove unwanted stubble from the face, limbs, and body. Acne-ridden skin or tired visages submit to the charms of custom organic facials packed with enzyme exfoliants and vitamin serums. After restoring skin’s youth, Oneal turns clients over to expert cosmetologist Lynn Simpson, who enhances natural features with makeup applications, synthetic eyelash extensions, and installation of extra USB ports.