Cherry-red hair dryers whir in the hands of licensed stylists at Shear Magic as they brush through the strands of their male and female clients’ hair. The salon's menu of hair services includes cuts, highlights, and perms, in addition to feather extensions for ducklings that are slow bloomers. Additionally, the stylists consult with their clients before each cut to make sure new styles match clients' personalities and complement their face shape. Inside the salon, shelves of Redken, American Crew, and Paul Mitchell hair products stand in the waiting area ready to accompany customers home, and photos of trendy hairstyles line the walls to inspire new looks.
Situated inside a cozy A-frame building, The Loft Hair Salon's owner Karen Paola Mena runs a tight ship—as evidenced by a gleaming interior with natural wooden floors, clean, modern lines, and freestanding styling stations. There, stylists bend diligently over heads using Wella Professional haircare products to snip and style tresses. A complete suite of services run the glam gamut, from women's and men's haircuts and color treatments to high-octane hair removal via swiftly removed wax.
Zen Salon & Spa offers an array of hair- and skincare services for patrons looking to spruce up and pamper their head and body coverings. Professional stylists can shear and shape customers' tresses (starting at $40 for women, $26 for men), add hues to 'dos (starting at $50 for single-process color), or apply moisturizing and protein treatments (starting at $20 each). Zen’s skilled waxers can target unwanted fuzz on brows (starting at $14), bikini lines ($36), and aging strawberries. During the spa's 30-minute express facial, an epidermis expert aims to refresh faces on the fly with a deep pore cleansing, exfoliation, and mini massage (starting at $40).
A team of master stylists, aestheticians, spray tan artists, and extension specialists bustle around Bliss Hair Studio, working to live up to their name and provide clients with a blissful experience. To that end, this full-service salon and beauty spot offers on-trend hair services, from precision haircuts to color treatments and formal updos, powered by products from brands such as Pureology and Redken. Clients can have unwanted hair removed in a private waxing area, toes touched up during a spa pedicure, faces soothed with a detox facial, muscles unwound with a massage, or skin sun-kissed with a custom airbrush spray tanning session.
Francesca D'Ambrosio's first job in the beauty biz was answering phones at a salon and spa in Naperville. Once she earned her cosmetology license, she jetted to New York to work alongside prestigious stylists and make her way to the top from the bottom of the barrel. Fortunately, her first gig as a stylist was anything but at the bottom of the barrel—she started at the Bumble and bumble salon, one of the Big Apple's hubs for celebrities, fashion-industry elites, and globetrotting wigs. She stayed in New York for about a decade, shaping the famous hairs atop Fran Drescher, Mark Wahlberg, Joan Jett, and Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas.
When she relocated to Oswego, Francesca opened a salon of her own. Located on Main Street in the historic downtown area, the space has the simple sophistication that befits a transplanted New Yorker. The black-and-white scheme extends to the walls, where portraits of Audrey Hepburn and other style icons supervise haircuts, keratin treatments, and color services.
Ulta's licensed staff, which partakes in ongoing training to keep skills sharp, creates customized looks and expert image enhancement using acclaimed beauty products. Like a loaf of bread in a space shuttle with a broken sunroof, hairstyles can grow stale between salon visits. A 45-minute coif-cultivation session, in which the stylist takes into account face shape and lifestyle, energizes follicles and forges a salon-fresh look. In the one-hour Dermalogica facial, an aesthetic augur examines skin in order to customize a course of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing session with Dermalogica products. The treatment leaves skin impeccable, like a recently buffed and oiled slab of marble.