The eponymous rituals of Salon Rituals seem simple enough. Staff members speak with each client and assesses what defines them, from face shape and skin type to hair texture, sense of style, and dictionary of choice. Then they unleash their font of Aveda-backed knowledge to color hair, perform facials, or teach clients how to apply their own makeup for a flawless style.
Bloom Salon's diverse, experienced team of stylists and beauty techs led by husband-wife team Scott and Tricia Young performs beauty services in a serene 3,000-square-foot facility. Team standouts include Brandy Hendricks, who has been clipping coifs for 18 years, and Samantha Young, a member of Scott’s family of hairdressers. In addition to expertly executed cut and color services, stylists accent manes with hair extensions and tame unruly head gardens with keratin smoothing treatments. Nail tech April Marhsall adorns fingers with polish, shellac polish, or acrylic nails, and therapist Lydia McDonald helps to relieve tension during deep-tissue, Swedish, or stone massages, untangling knots as quickly and efficiently as a blindfolded Eagle Scout.
Half a dozen facials and plenty of waxing treatments are the bread and butter of The Best Little Spa, where licensed aestheticians care for their clients' complexions in a relaxed atmosphere. The team spends around 60 minutes per facial, cleansing and steaming skin during the European treatment or combating acne and abandoned whack-a-mole holes with the high-frequency Blemish Blaster facial. Diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wands, meanwhile, work to buff away age spots and shrink pores. The staff members can embellish any facial with add-ons such as collagen masks. They also make way for tiny condos on the skin by waxing an array of body areas.
The staff at Mistique Boutique and Salon is all about reinvention, whether that means fitting guests with a new wardrobe or a new hairstyle. Stylists do their part by doling out cuts, coloring services, and keratin smoothing treatments. Nail artists, meanwhile, dote upon fingers and toes with a number of mani-pedi treatments, including those that employ seasonal scrubs and masques. In addition to these beauty services, Mistique Boutique stocks a tasteful collection of clothing and apparel so that guests can find the infinity scarf, earrings, handbag, or denim lederhosen that perfectly completes their new look.
At Salon Milano and Spa, plant-based Aveda products lend customized aromatherapy and natural nutrients to salon and spa services. The products' holistic focus matches the manner in which the staff conducts spa services: in addition to explaining the purpose of each step in the facial or massage, therapists also guide clients through stress-relieving visualization exercises to calm the mind. All treatments are customized, from the aromatherapy of a massage to the angle of the cut performed by senior or new-talent stylists in the salon. Tuscan Sanctuary is open late on weekdays to accommodate busy schedules and UV rays that, like Napoleon and his chef after saying they preferred English bread to baguettes, are exiled.
Minimalist flourishes paint a robust picture. A vintage Marilyn Monroe photograph hangs above the salon’s cozy perm armchair, which looks more like a bourgeois armchair plucked from the Victorian era. Amid these elegant trappings inside Salon Boutique, Pretty Cut & Dry owner Ashley Millard and her skilled stylists craft scissors cuts and mold tresses with Emmediciotto products. Ashley’s team can refresh strands with a deep-conditioning treatment or vanquish unwanted fuzz from upper lips and brow outskirts with a waxing session. They can also perform makeup sessions for an upcoming wedding to make the bride sparkle, a birthday to render smiles their most beautiful, or a climb up Mt. Everest to add a layer of protection against frostbite.