Classified as Redken Elite Salons, both Metro Salons locations staff a stable of stylists who keep abreast of the latest techniques with ongoing training in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Appointments start with complimentary consultations, wherein patrons dish on their favorite looks and show stylists their 10 favorite hairs. Then, hair pros draw on Redken, Wella, and Coppola products for a variety of services, from painting on highlights to trimming split ends. A final style ensures clients walk out ready to pose for sidewalk photo shoots or star in traffic-cam footage for the five o'clock news.
With its floor modeled after a basketball court, getting a haircut at Buzzer Beater Sports Barber Shop would feel like sitting courtside if it weren't for the conspicuous sight of hair falling onto the hardwood. Barbers cut, color, and style hair and perform straight-razor shaves, feats that had previously only been attempted on-court by the Harlem Globetrotters. Each cutting station is themed after a different pro basketball team and has its own TV broadcasting sports. In the waiting area, guests kick back in reclining chairs, sipping complimentary beverages and watching sports on TV.
Whether it belongs to a man, woman, or child, the stylists at City Master Barbers know how to handle any head of hair. They specialize in color, imbuing strands with bold new hues, as well as subtle or flirty highlights. They cater services such as moisturizing hair treatments and updos to female clients, while treatments such as gray blending and facials with avocado masks are designed with men in mind. A complimentary, relaxing hot-towel treatment concludes each session.
Heated water cascades into a tranquility pool, while a fireplace burns softly on one wall. Relaxing in poolside loungers, clients sip cups of herbal tea and listen to soothing music as they await their appointments at Solace Day Spa. Some have come for cleansing facials or exfoliating body scrubs, whereas other are here for therapeutic massages or balancing reiki treatments. Out in the salon area, stylists snip hair, groom beards, and perm mustaches as nail techs pamper hands and feet.
Before graduating from the Capri Institute of Cosmetology, owner Sonia Bhambri honed her beauty skills in India. She merges her experiences at Sapphire Beauty Salon, offering Eastern and Western treatments that transform and enhance appearances. Bhambri removes unwanted hair with cotton threads, performing an ancient practice that sculpts eyebrows and eliminates delicate hairs, including peach fuzz and kiwi whiskers. Facials incorporate curative ingredients, such as herbs, minerals, and mud. Hair-design services and eyelash extensions accentuate natural beauty, and henna designs adorn the body.
On Salon TJ’s menu, there are no spa services. Underneath the rectangular ceiling lights illuminating the salon's lime-green walls and polished hardwood floors, stylists do one thing and one thing only—hair. Owner Timmy Joo draws on more than two decades of experience to trim tresses and color bland strands. Clients may also request one of the salon's specialties: keratin or japanese straightening treatments that reduce frizz and fortify hair.