Experienced stylist Elisa Gharst has mastered a wide range of salon services. Not only does she overhaul unhealthy, overgrown manes with precision haircuts, but she revamps paled hair colors and creates entirely new looks with rich, deep color services. Before styling freshly cut locks into chic, lasting styles, Elisa can also pump up the sleekness of any 'do with vibrant, dimensional highlights.
Most Popular Service: Eyelash extensions
Brands Used: JB Lashes and iLash
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Please be sure to remove all of your eye makeup and dress comfortably.
Makeup artist and licensed aesthetician Chavon Swartz tends to the faces that walk down runways, appear on television, and visit her salon, Adorn Beautique. Inside the newly remodeled salon, Chavon and her staff pamper their clients from head to toe. They exfoliate skin during custom facials, wax brows, and even apply lash extensions that make customers look more alluring and less threatening to camels. Additionally, custom airbrush tans bronze every inch of exposed skin.
Roca Salon & Spa’s roots draw upon more than 35 years of styling history, adventure, and love. It began with Vidal Sassoon–trained hairstylist Rod Cavner running a small Main Street salon named Blondie’s, where he was joined by his soon-to-be wife, and fellow Vidal Sassoon–trained hairstylist, Rhonda. After marrying and moving to Hawaii for four years, the duo returned with innovative new services, design concepts, and island-themed nicknames for friends. The result was Rhonda's three-year makeover of the space, which now includes eco-friendly, energy-efficient lighting and appliances as well as eye-catching decor.
The couple's time spent island hopping is evident in the pedicure room, where bamboo reaches up toward a sparkling chandelier that shines upon backlit purple-and-pink glass basins, in which toes bask in hot stones and Hawaiian mud. Stacey Soble of Salon Today interviewed Rhonda when the salon was named the third runner-up in the magazine's Salon of the Year design competition. Cavner said, "The bonus wow factor is the entire styling area floor has embedded phosphorescent chips which cause the floor to glow in the dark when the lights suddenly go off!”
But the decor isn't the only thing that earned the company recognition as one of KC Magazine’s best Kansas City salons in 2012. The talented team includes hair colorists who have trained in London, Paris, and Beverly Hills, as well as skilled aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians. The color experts work their magic in an elegant, modern area with see-through chairs, potted white orchids, and long strings of crystal beads that divide the space and give visiting Spider-Men an easy way to reach the ceiling.
Skin experts at Esthetics Center rely on noninvasive scientific advancements to cultivate smooth, youthful complexions but draw on an ancient Indian art to redesign unruly eyebrows. Skin analyses can lead to custom facials with Shahnaz Husain herbal creams, enzyme therapy gentle enough for those with rosacea, or the outing of secret identities with better skin. Advanced exfoliation procedures involving microcrystal sprays and chemical serums reveal fresh, healthy skin as well as the depth of the aestheticians' knowledge. Body and facial waxing is an exclusive privilege of women at Esthetics Center, but the team extends their skills in eyebrow threading—an age-old technique that uses thread to nab hair but not skin—to both sexes.
The stylists at Ado Blowout Lounge understand that an alluring hairstyle can serve as the body’s leading source of compliments. That’s why they perform an array of blowout and styling services that yield voluminous tresses or dramatic, flirty curls that demand positive attention. With blow-dryers and eco-friendly Davines products in tow, they can design sleek, polished hairstyles or create natural waves without relying on the old-fashioned method of tossing clients into the ocean. They also sweep strands into updos for fancier occasions.
Aside from blowouts, stylists calm stressed hair with deep conditioning treatments and add shine to dulled locks with gloss treatments. Makeup applications and eyelash extensions further enhance outer beauty, and Ado’s organic airbrush-tanning services bronze exoskeletons with a solution enriched with vitamins, pure botanicals, and natural oils.