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.
Stylist Naily Cervantes lavishes clients with personal attention in Caramel Beauty International’s warm-toned suite. During a consultation, she uncovers a client’s sense of style and desired look before scissoring a fashionable cut or applying sunny highlights.
Dessert isn’t the first thing to come to mind when you think of hair treatments, but that’s exactly what you’ll get when visiting Caramel Beauty International. As a trained pastry chef, stylist Wentirim whips up delectable treats to share with guests as they undergo trendy cuts or keratin treatments. And the care that goes into making these desserts is mirrored by her choice of salon products—all of which prioritize maintaining or restoring the health of hair.
Lavender walls surround Vanity Junkie's easygoing stylists as they transform patrons from head to toe with salon and spa services. Experienced hands carefully snip new hairstyles and infuse heads with color using products from brands including Redken, evo, label.m, and Pureology. Frizzy heads can be smoothed out, whereas perms convert flat tresses into well-orchestrated curls. Staffers also rejuvenate countenances with facials and microdermabrasion treatments, and extract or add hair to body areas with waxing and hair extensions, respectively. As stylists work, Vanity Junkie's street-facing garage door floods the main space with natural light that gleams off mirrored tables and a dangling chandelier. Before and after sessions, customers lounge at an in-salon bar enjoying coffee, beer, wine, and the comical screams of shorn locks as they fall to the ground.
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.