At Venus Allure Salon and Spa, light streams in through two-story windows and fills an open, industrial-inspired space dotted with black spa chairs and dark-rimmed mirrors. From the balcony, you can watch stylists bustle over heads of hair, snipping off split ends or smoothing down unruly curls with the aid of Goldwell, Nioxin, and DevaCurl products. In other parts of the salon, nail technicians juggle more than seven dozen gel-polish colors, occasionally all at once, and aestheticians dress faces with Dermalogica products during services that range from hydrating facials to sea-mud body wraps.
For spa owner and Aveda-trained cosmetologist Jenica Zimmer, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. That’s why she only stocks organic and environmentally friendly products such as Davines, a haircare line that adopted a carbon-neutral policy for its serums. The care that goes into selecting these products is echoed by the treatments themselves, with stylists trimming hair or selecting colors to flatter clients’ features.
Back in the spa area, aestheticians can be found brightening and smoothing complexions with botanical-based treatments, including a papaya-and-pineapple mask. The skincare specialists also customize facials to address each client’s skin type and apply makeup for special events or dance performances. In addition to removing hair from the usual places—such as eyebrows and bikini lines—they concentrate on oft-ignored areas including ears, noses, and second noses.
Wax On has been offering stellar strand-stripping services to discerning hair producers since 1999 from its fun spa environment. There is no follicle too wispy or fuzz too peachy to avoid the professional waxen maidens at Wax On. Like the helpful, friendly staff chants during their pre-day huddle—if it has hair, it can be made bare. The careful and pleasant purveyors of slickness will use their years of experience and connection with the dark side to target overgrown sprouts and diligently bid them adieu. Put your best face forward for your next photo shoot or photo firing squad with a lip ($15) or eyebrow ($15) wax. Otherwise, opt for a full leg ($50) or Brazilian ($70) treatment to improve your hydrodynamics during a summer of late-night skinny-snorkeling. The waxery also harvests hair from the skin of self-conscious gents looking to quietly rid their neck ($20), chest ($25), or bikini zone ($45) of unwelcome sasquatch fur.
The team of stylists at Halo Salon transforms tresses with Bumble and bumble products using the style know-how they've gained by attending ongoing education at Bumble and bumble university. After a consultation, stylists launch into custom services, which include a women’s haircut ($35–$60) that frames faces, shapes bangs, and, if so desired, knits hair into permanent derby hats. A glaze ($45+) or all-over color ($65+) creates bold or natural looks, and feather extensions ($10 for one; $35 for five) give strands a shock of color and the optimism to try to fly. Stylists also wax brows ($15) within the sunny, brightly colored salon. All service prices vary based on the stylist and his or her level of experience.