At The Beauty Lounge, owner Erin Blackston promotes an atmosphere of clean, angular cuts and time-honored sophistication. The former platform artist for Rusk International leads a staff that includes a former color educator for Framesi and a Redken educational artist, alongside other specialists who excel in everything from fusion hair extensions to straightening treatments by Pravana and Coppola. Aside from cuts, up-styles, and blowouts, the crew excels at gray coverage and far-out color combinations, making the salon a popular choice among Akron's boldest heads and aging clown population.
Soft music whispers inside Studio 43 Salon and Spa, welcoming guests to kick off their shoes and relax. Massage therapists and aestheticians work in private rooms, loosening tight muscles and smoothing away face-wrinkles. Manicures and pedicures are enhanced with hand and foot masks and a skin-softening scrub. Meanwhile, the salon half of the business pampers clients with haircuts and coloring services.
Inside Rejuvenate Salon & Spa, the combination of sea-foam-green walls and accents with dark wood creates a calming, welcoming atmosphere. Then, the method of relaxation is left up to the guest, who might choose a hot-tub mineral bath, infrared sauna, or hot-stone massage, to name a few. Along with spa treatments, the beauty specialists here pamper guests with hair and nail services.
Studio Luxe doesn't believe hair should be cut; it should be sculpted. That's why its stylists employ the Sahag method of styling, also known as dry-cutting. The brainchild of prominent stylist John Sahag, dry-cutting allows for the client's hair to fall at its own discretion, without the manipulative tactics of water or aggressive switchblade combs. It also invites clients to candidly remark about the work in progress for the mutual benefit of both stylee and stylist. Studio Luxe Salon also specializes in Joico hair coloring, hair waxing, and nail renovation with long-lasting gel Shellac polish.
The outside world seems to slip away once a person drops into one of Nail Lounge's cushy mani-pedi chairs. Here, clients relax while nail techs trim, buff, massage, and moisturize. They then finish things off with acrylic nails or gel polish. The beauty experts do occasionally focus on areas beyond fingers and toes, as they administer NovaLash eyelash extensions that eschew the need for mascara.