Featured on Bravo's Tabatha's Salon Takesover, stylist and color specialist Nik Nejad has sharpened his scissor skills for a quarter century, lending him the expertise to lead his staff of aestheticians and stylists in offering a full menu of salon and beauty services. As hair experts cut, color, and twist tresses into elegant coiffures, clients can admire their new 'dos via the large, framed mirrors hung above antique-style dressers. All nail services—such as mani-pedis and silk wraps—include a dip in skin-softening paraffin wax, and facials and makeup applications leave complexions glowing for any lavish occasion, from weddings to Senate-committee hearings. Massage therapists knead sore muscles, leaving them relaxed and limber so guests can cartwheel past the fountain bubbling in the spa's outdoor courtyard.
Yolande Carson has her stylistic feet in both the historical and modern world. She graduated from On Set Motion Picture Hair Academy with a focus on wig and period hairstyling. She used those skills to add an air of authenticity to historical films, indies, and music videos—where even a star’s hair can demand its own trailer. Now the owner of Scissors Paper Rock Salon, Yolande draws on her 27 years of professional experience to lead a fleet of deft stylists as they shear and color locks using Enjoy haircare products.
Where the Scissors Paper Rock’s stylists leave off, skilled aesthetician Tatiana Siegfried picks up, perfecting skin with waxing and facials that incorporate custom masks. Before they leave, clients can drop by the salon’s boutique, which stocks purses, jewelry by Zoe Kanemitsu, and vintage dresses.
From within Lee’s Beauty Salon, technician Courtney creates eye-catching 2D and 3D designs on gel, acrylic, and traditionally polished nails. And even though these images maybe small, Courtney doesn’t skimp on detail. Swarovski crystals complement pink leopard prints, miniature bows add a dash of pizzaz, and a full-size garden carrot completes a Frosty the Snowman portrait. Courtney also pampers clients with spa mani-pedis, softening skin with an aromatherapy foot soak, exfoliating sea salt scrub, cream mask, and hot towel wrap.
Along the quaint, well-preserved streets of Kenneth Village, Ariada Salon Spa's vintage exterior conceals a three-floor haven for modern beauty services. Inside, at mirrored stations, stylists specialize in color correction, Brazilian blowouts, waxing, and bridal services, prepping the hair and nails of the betrothed with OPI polishes and Difiaba and Moroccanoil conditioners. An onsite boutique equips clients with Witchy Poo Lotions & Potions and True Apothecary Candles, which can be combined at home to amplify a relaxing bath or invoke the beautifying intervention of Venus.
Fire-engine-red walls and jet-black furnishings surround beauty transformations at Nail & Hair Bar, a fashion haven that upholds a high level of sanitization and keeps up-to-date on style trends. Nails varnished with mirror-silver polish reflect smiling faces and ceiling-dwelling ghosts as french-tipped finger-ends sport geometrically square nails. After clients slink into plush styling chairs, shears-wielders snip hair into angular bobs or twist tresses into ringlet-laden up-dos.
Just inside the entrance to Happy Hands & Hair hangs a sign that reads, "Relax?Reflect?Renew". And for nearly 50 years, the stylists have upheld this message by maintaining a spa-like studio, a place in which visitors can relax with a complimentary cup of coffee while lounging in plush, chocolate-covered chairs abutted against cool, surf-green walls. Once Happy Hands & Hair's team members feel that guests are adequately at ease, they get to work with nail and hairstyling services, from mani-pedis bolstered with Gelish soak-off gel polishes to housemade exfoliating scrubs that blend brown sugar, olive oil, microscopic loofahs, and lemon.