Named a Reader's Choice salon by the Daily Herald in 2012, the Nelson Group Salon staffs skilled stylists who groom clients' locks, skin, and nails using products by Aveda, Bumble and bumble, and Schwarzkopf. Many of the salon's stylists boast more than a decade of experience and professional training from such coiffure heavyweights as Vidal Sassoon and Aveda, which they apply to their services as they snip and color locks in modern styles.
Built in 1890, the salon's charming interior once housed a hospital, which was then subsequently repurposed into a bakery and next into a zombie factory, before finally transforming into its present state more than 20 years ago. Salon owner Nelson, a stylist for more than 23 years, still prefers "old-school German shears" to style ever-evolving haircuts. He emphasizes keeping up with trends and mastering new techniques, saying, "it's not just a job, but a craft."
Zebra-print chairs and large glass room dividers add a modern touch to Le Beaute Salon and Spa's spacious spa location, where clients rest in pedicure thrones or gaze into mirrors as stylists transform their hair. Special scents and relaxing enhancements boost the salon-and-spa services, with melted paraffin further hydrating skin during manicures and hot stones offering massage recipients the extra companionship of affectionate pet rocks. Aestheticians and therapists create an all-purpose stop where guests enjoying an hour of Swedish massage also feel welcome to stick around for a quick waxing session. Facials include European techniques and aromatherapy as well as more intensive treatments such as microdermabrasion and peels.
Every stylist who wields shears or makeup at Salon 134 West has been handpicked for the ability to employ multiple styling techniques and cross over from cutting to coloring to straightening without missing a beat. At many salons, stylists pass clients from one stylist to another in a sort of styling assembly line, all reinterpreting the hairstyle for themselves and moving away from the initial vision for the style. Rather than distorting hairstyles through such a process, Salon 134 West pairs clients with a single stylist for the entire session, allowing stylists to bring their original artistic vision to fruition while saving clients the trouble of having to explain their hair dreams ad nauseam.
Boda Salon's stylists breathe new life into hair by deftly cutting, coloring, and texturizing to suit their clients' unique desires. After sudsing up hair with All-Nutrient shampoos and conditioners—composed of renewable, certified-organic ingredients—they assess the ideal look for their subject's face shape and fashion sense before resculpting with precise scissor snips, laying trails of dimension-boosting highlights, or leveling out unruly locks with keratin proteins. Meanwhile, four types of facials, microdermabrasion, and waxing services lend a salon-fresh look to the rest of the body faster than taking a tiny curling iron to each arm hair.
30 minutes. That's all the time Simple Touch Beauty's licensed skincare specialists need to beautify complexions with an express facial, composed of a basic cleanse, exfoliation, and optional extractions. However, give them more time, and they show off their repertoire of more luxurious treatments. Their collagen facial, for example, helps minimize wrinkles with a collagen-infused mask. Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, sloughs away dead skin cells, refreshing faces without dousing them in Sprite.
The walls are watching you––or so it would seem. Framed photos of eyes laden with long, voluminous lashes can be seen throughout each Xtina’s Lash Xtensions' salon. This is the plight of owner Christina Wakulich who decks out eyelid rims with synthetic- and real-mink lash extensions with the help of her highly trained staff. Full sets include range from 45 to 65 lashes per eye, fostering a sultry look for six to eight weeks without the mess of mascara.