Owners Shannon and Rusty and their team of stylists look thoughtfully at their client's botched self-dye job. Rather than stand in judgment, the staff focuses on which product from Pureology and Redken will help correct the color and restore health to the frizzled locks. This is a familiar scene at Rostik Salon, where a team of relaxed, friendly stylists nimbly transitions from creating glamorous waves to designing cuts for kids.
Accompanied by a stress-reliving massage, the dermalogica facials use pumice crystals, enzymes, and masks tailored to clients' skin type to cleanse and exfoliate pores while moisturizing the skin. These sojourns may be extended with one of three different chemical peels or with a wrap that uses Chinese herbs to condition skin all over the body. Aestheticians also deftly wax away unwanted hair, revealing smooth skin that they accent with UV-blocking dermalogica makeup and Norvell spray tans that spare skin from UV rays.
Jennifer, the stylist responsible for turning first-time visitors to Salon Studio and Spa into loyal clients, employs 12 years of haircare experience to design the most flattering coiffures for each individual. She also uses only high-quality products, including those by Kenra and John Amico. During a women?s, men?s, or kids? haircut, Jennifer snips away at strands to fashion custom head-top masterpieces. She also arranges hair into updos to prepare clients for formal bowling tournaments and uses Keune Professional Color products to add fashionable new shades without attaching a chameleon with a bobby pin. Patrons can spiff up areas below the hairline with an eyebrow shaping using tea-tree wax or with a long-lasting Gelish manicure.
Lush greenery bursts from colorful vases inside each of Salon Reaction’s treatment rooms, where walls of turquoise and mustard ignite a sense of relaxation, and hardwood floors gleam beneath the steady gaze of track lighting. The lush, elegant atmosphere at Nancy Haenni’s salon keeps clients coming back for a kaleidoscope of services that includes haircuts, pedicures, body wraps, and facials. Organic spray tans dust skin with golden hues, and an octet of massages aims to release tension and stress accrued while leading lemming parades. After appointments, colorful bottles of styling potions vie for attention near the salon’s exit, ready to be adopted by a loving nest of hair.
The Shellac manicure begins like many manicures do?but immediately there is something different. Star Nails? meticulous technicians trim, file, and shape fingernails, tame cuticles, and apply seemingly standard polish with a remarkable attention to detail. And then something really sets it apart. Hands suddenly find themselves beneath the glow of a UV lamp, where rays typically associated with the sun and George Clooney?s blinding smile have been corralled to cure that seemingly ordinary polish into chip-resistant nail shields that last for up to two weeks. They also pamper sore and tired feet with skin-softening salt scrubs, hot-towel wraps, and hot-stone massages.
At the Mitsu Sato Hair Academy, Mitsu Sato and a team of well-trained instructors give student stylists the ability to perform a spread of salon and spa services for clients. Sato's unique approach, which simulates a full-fledged salon environment, gives the supervised students a chance to transform locks in a hands-on environment. In addition to haircuts, coloring, and special-occasion styling, the team of staff and students performs makeup applications and brow shaping.
Tasha Smith, the owner of Suite T Aesthetics, supplements her local client base with local celebrities, polishing the complexions of stars in independent films, the award-winning web series Unreal Housewives of Kansas City, and Orion's belt. When she's not on set, Smith works out of Suite T Aesthetics, a spa that specializes in waxes, custom facials, eyelash extensions, and makeup applications.