Family-owned Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio—open since 1968—proffers its own high-quality line of cosmetics, which includes all manner of makeup and skincare products. During makeovers, makeup artists gussy up faces, matching colors to clients’ skin tones and Ninja Turtle mask, and cut and color hair into alluring new dos. During manicures and pedicures, techs lavish nails with OPI color in an open contemporary setting of gray, brown, and maple tones and white stainless steel. Shoppers get a chance to try out products, many of which are made in the United States, before they take the financial plunge.
Bella Rio Salon's Michelle puts her Aveda Institute studies to use when she cuts and styles hair and performs Brazilian blow outs. But she didn't discard her emphasis on profession development after graduating from Aveda. Michelle still attends classes through Wella and Rusk Professional, and Brazilian Blowout Original & Zero. This training comes to life when she cuts hair and styles it, colors tresses, adorns clients with feather extensions, and leads personal styling classes. Her stomping grounds is the upscale Bella Rio Salon, a multi-layered, exposed-brick hair haven full of light fixtures that glow the way stars glow—which means the staff has to show up 30 million years early to turn the lights on every day.
The beauty and relaxation experts at Guys & Dolls rejuvenate hair, skin, and physiques with an extensive menu of services. Hair makeovers start at the shampoo station before moving to the salon chair where stylists, clients, and their ventriloquism dummies work together to design the perfect look using face-flattering enhancements such as highlights or permanent waves. Elsewhere, aestheticians treat specific skin concerns with specialty facials, applying a lactic peel to even skin tone or a Glo acne-clearing facial to prevent future breakouts. For a relaxing escape, men and women can stick around for multihour spa packages, which combine soothing treatments such as full-body massages and mani-pedis, including acrylic and shellac.
The Head Room Salon resembles a spacious artist's loft with tall brick walls, dark hardwood floors, and high vaulted ceilings of shiny pressed tin. Despite the room's mammoth size, the individual styling areas are incredibly cozy, separated by calming robin's-egg-blue partitions. Here, skilled stylists such as Mariah Horne can carve out voluminous layers, or make over stands with a new seasonal color. Specialty straightening treatments are also available to wrangle unruly frizz and fortify hair.
For nearly a decade, the stylists of Rubie's Paradise Salon have been tending to the hair of loyal clients, whether they need a basic trim or head-turning all-over color. Wielding products from Redken, Paul Mitchell, and Matrix, stylist Liz Winowiecki shampoos locks, adds multidimensional highlights, and styles hair into updos for special occasions and nights on the town book-club hopping.
Large picture windows fill the space with a natural glow, highlighting City Salon’s exposed rafters, leather furniture, and sheer brown curtains tied off like ponytails. Amid these cozy accents, skilled stylists manipulate hair into flattering new styles and color with bold highlights. Clients may also request a frizz-reducing keratin treatment or revamp the complexion with a one-on-one makeup consultation.