Imagine fingertips adorned with leopard prints, blooming sunflowers, fluttering butterflies, or the stripes of an American flag. Marina Renghini of Fantasy Nails by Marina at Unity Salon and Spa has mastered the meticulous art of custom nail design. She turns fingernails into eye-catching artwork, working completely freehand and unencumbered by decals or stencils. After a relaxing experience that may include nail grooming, scrubs, masks, and massages, clients are left with truly unique nails that come with a warning that they may garner interest from art auctioneers.
At Cutting Loose Hair Studio, seasoned stylists furbish locks with flattering haircuts, bold colors, and products from brands such as Paul Mitchell and Sexy Hair. Each cut begins with a consultation, in which the stylist tailors a look to suit the client’s facial features, hair type, and bearskin-rug collection; during the hair-scattering session, stylists even demonstrate how to re-create the new style at home. Trained by Redken’s color educators, the hairdressers can also help clients select new hues to subdue grays and accentuate each lock's loveliest thoughts. All-over color swathes the entire mane in a bold new shade, and partial highlights illuminate the strands with the highest SAT scores.
Natural light pours through the salon's floor-to-ceiling windows onto merlot-hued walls and sleek checkered floors. Amid these mod accents, Reina Fischer flatters clients' features with a diverse array of cut and color treatments. But hair is just one strand in the salon's ample coif. Guests can also request an invigorating facial, a mani-pedi, or a specialty waxing session to remove that unflattering third eyebrow from their cheek.
Kristi Clifford is not only experienced in attaching lash extensions but also certified. She draws on her training to individually attach faux-mink lashes to natural fringe, adding length and fullness for more dramatic eyes. The extensions last up to one month and are said to be lighter than synthetic lashes and more natural looking, which is important for blending in with the humans.
Kristi enhances eyes inside Indulge Salon, where she works with stylists and skincare specialists who cut and color hair or reduce fine lines with vitamin C facials. After beautifying clients, the staff sends them to the salon’s boutique, which is stocked with a collection of accessories, jewelry, and handbags.
You can tell you're in Salon L by the overlapping Ls on the wall—one in serif font, and one in flourishing cursive. Then again, you might also recognize the salon by the presence of its owner, Lisha Lievore. A local stylist for more than 15 years, Lisha specializes in multidimensional color and Vidal Sassoon's hair cutting techniques. Salon L has an onsite aesthetician who can wax away unwanted stubble, or brighten complexions with an array of facials, rather than by flustering customers until their blush sticks permanently.