More than three decades ago, Pearl Bailey-Anderson started styling hair in her home, and it wasn't long before two experienced beauticians?her grandmothers?convinced her it was time to open her own salon. The masterminds behind La Pearl Beauty Emporium uses their nimble fingers to shape braids, locs, and twists, and uses proteins, moisturizers, and oils to condition and smooth hair. Chic cuts and full and partial weaves let patrons go as cropped or long as they want to. La Pearl also staffs a certified hair loss professional and trichologist that offers free microscopic hair and scalp analysis.
The team of hair restorers at Keystone Hair take a non-surgical approach to solving baldness. Rather than relying on lasers that can fail or toupees that can be plucked off by low-flying pterodactyls, the team customizes a thin membrane of semi-permanent hair that, once affixed, blends in seamlessly with existing hair. Clients can swim, shower, and style their new locks, which are designed to last up to six weeks.
Salon Pasca's dedicated staff of professional stylists beautify patrons with a full range of salon services. To eliminate frizz and tame tresses for easy styling, opt for the botanical keratin treatment ($300). With a protein-rich serum and the wave of a magic hot-iron wand, the keratin treatment restructures, relaxes, and reconditions hair fibers. The resulting smooth 'do reduces the need for morning hair-styling, freeing time for other traditional antemeridiem pursuits, such as sausage-link stacking and throwing night rocks at the sun.
For the staff at Nail Division, manicures and pedicures are an art form. While they perform traditional nail services, they also punch up digits with acrylic nails in a cornucopia of designs, such as glitter, flowers, and multihued stripes. Meanwhile, nail piercings add intrigue to fingers and complement the widespread trend of earlobe polishing.
An expert at helping people look their best, Maryanne Giannini has worked in the beauty industry for more than 35 years. When she opened Dazzlz Spa Salon in 1991, Giannini assembled a staff that shared her passion, talents, and telekinetic control over hair dryers. She eventually hired more than 10 stylists and nail technicians, many of whom have decades of experience in areas such as hair color, makeup application, and mani-pedis. Amid the salon’s dark-brown and red walls, this professional staff works with its clients—men, women, and children—to sculpt haircuts that complement hair types and lifestyles. When not working at salon chairs, the staff members escort clients into private treatment rooms where they massage muscles and enclose bodies in shoulder-to-toe wraps.
For more than 16 years, the staff at Permanent Cosmetic Solutions has resolved aesthetic issues ranging from sparse brows to spider veins. Rough, uneven complexions are left smoother than a freshly frosted slip 'n' slide after a session of microdermabrasion or pixel-laser resurfacing, whereas wrinkles are softened with the help of dermal fillers such as Botox and Restylane. The center's permanent-makeup artists—many of whom have been trained at the Permanent Cosmetic Institute and Tinny Beauty School—apply their knowledge of facial tattooing as they define brows and lips with permanent ink, and customers can feel confident knowing the center boasts membership in both the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals and the American Academy of Micropigmentation.