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.
Artistic prowess doesn't just appear overnight. It takes years of practice. That's why each of Dino Palmieri's salons, including the Dino Palmieri Salon & Spa, employs stylists dedicated to staying at the top of their games. The skilled stylists give each client one-on-one attention to ensure every hair service comes as close to the client's vision as possible, which is why it was named by readers of Cleveland Scene as the best hair salon in the city. The stylists add depth to hair with highlights, smooth rebellious strands with GKhair treatments, and apply expert perms to reshape hair's texture until each strand would turn Louis XIV green with baroque envy. That same level of personalized attention carries over into the salon's meticulous nail services, which clients can upgrade with moisturizing white-tea masks or herbal foot peels. Waxing sessions use body-safe Nufree botanical wax to keep skin calm and collected while hair says its goodbyes. Deep-cleansing Darphin facials can be infused with essential oils and plant ingredients such as orange blossom and licorice to relax clients and bring them closer to nature than sharing a hibernation den with their favorite grizzly family.
The hairstyling industry is always developing new techniques, which is why stylist Drea Campbell finds it so important to stay up to speed with continuing-education courses. At Situation Hair & Nail Salon, she bestows her clients with flattering looks with a vast array of services, including cuts, quick weaves, keratin treatments, and colorings. She also extends her salon savvy south of the hairline with eyebrow waxes, makeup applications, and mani-pedis.
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.
At all 25 TNT Tanning locations throughout northeast Ohio, clients tan hides a healthy golden hue with the latest tanning beds and spray-tan booths. While at the salon, they can peruse shelves lined with skincare and tanning products such as bronzing powders, tanning lotions, and sunless sprays. To enhance the contouring tanning achieves, they can also swaddle themselves in a Fit body wrap designed to burn calories and reduce body fat.
The bronzing pros at Sinfully Good Body & Soul have figured a few things out about standup tanning. Not only does it let the body bask evenly in a 360-degree glow of UV rays, it prevents the tan lines and creases that lie-down tanning can cause. Additionally, upright booths prevent contact with the bed’s surface, so clients can be assured of a sanitary session, free from sweat droplets and shadow particles of past customers. The crew here also offers airbrush tanning for those looking for a UV-free look, and the salon’s top practices have earned it multiple nominations for Akron-Canton’s Hot List.