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.
During his 13 years spent teasing and styling strands, Michael Cauble has studied with platform artists and educators from such prominent beauty institutions as Vidal Sassoon and Aveda, and even soaked up firsthand knowledge from the VP of Aquage. Not content to rest on his perfectly coiffed laurels, he continues to stay apace of modern fashions by tirelessly pursuing ongoing educational opportunities while working as an independent stylist at Salon Reaction. There, products by brands such as Bumble and bumble, Redken, and Moroccanoil feature into his stylish cuts and coloring treatments. He also excels at special services such as balayage highlights or ombre color, and is often sought out to style updos for special events such as weddings and employee-of-the-month acceptance speeches.
Everyone on the staff at Beauty Obsessions Salon has his or her own unique origin story. Erika gave up a career in the corporate world to follow her passion, Terri cut her chops at the Paul Mitchell Academy, and Rob studied in the style of Vidal Sassoon—a prolific hairdresser known for the creation of looks such as the bob and the five-point cut. Along with their fellow stylists and aestheticians, these beauty experts makeover their clientele using products from the likes of L'Oréal, Moroccanoil, and American Crew. They also sculpt nails during mani-pedis and get rid of unwanted hair with during facial waxing services.