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.
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 Encounters Salon and Day Spa, the floors and mirrors sparkle and the retail area is stocked with products from Aveda, Surface, and other high-end brands. The stylists?some of whom have been cutting, coloring, and conditioning hair for three decades?are friendly, smiling, and collaborative, and it's common to see several of them exchanging ideas about the cut of one client. Encounters carefully selects cosmetology-school graduates for its nine-month in-house training program, which is designed to help new stylists quickly grow their experience and clientele.
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.