The stylists at Reflections Salon tame tresses and dote upon digits, leaving a pampered parade of newly styled clients in their wake. Men's manes are tastefully trimmed, producing hairdos dapper and robust enough to suffice for a firm handshake. A warmly lit, inviting wood interior and cream-colored chairs snuggle guests into friendly comfort as they choose their follicles’ next form, be it long layers, a sassy bob, or a mohawk in honor of indigenous punk bands. Highlights further transform just-dyed and snipped hair so visitors can step out of the salon with a new and bold look. Those who indulge in the mani-pedi can count on a set of 20 expertly prettified fingers and toes, shaped and polished to perfection by nail gurus.
Believed to be the oldest continuously working barbershop in the Northeast, Wedgeway was established in 1912 to give hirsute gents a good cleaning-up. The shop still boasts many of its original accouterments, such as a working cash register, porcelain pedestal sinks, mirrors, bottles, and a beckoning storefront barber pole. Under the leadership of owner Richard DiCristofaro, part of the staff for nearly 50 years, well-trained coif croppers expertly carry out everything from the latest men's hairstyles to time-honored services such as straight-razor shaves with steamy hot towels, as well as facial and shoulder massages. Wedgeway always welcomes clients on a walk-in basis, in keeping with drop-in tonsorial tradition.
At Symetry Hair Design Studio, clients sip complimentary tea and coffee while surfing free WiFi to find examples of the cut they want. “I wanted the salon to be relaxing and inviting, and I think we’ve achieved that,” says owner Marilyn, whose 30 years of industry experience informs her leadership of the studio’s three other stylists, a trio that adds another 35 years of collective experience to the studio. During services, these stylists snip locks into classic styles or dabble in avant-garde ‘dos, employing Goldwell hair color to add blond highlights or tint hair the shade of lime that aliens interpret to mean “do not incinerate.” The studio’s aestheticians also wax away unwanted fuzz, and they brighten nails with OPI polish before formal arm-wrestling contests with the queen.
Brick walls and mirrors bordered with golden frames help create a warm, inviting atmosphere at Ecco Salon, where a team of stylist use their Goldewell- and Unite-approved skills to craft classic and edgy looks. The staff believes that if a hairstyle is to be truly great, it must be easily recreated at home, typically with high-end products sold in the salon as opposed to a series of wigs with the exact same cut. For those more interested in removing hair than styling it, Ecco also offers hair-removal services for areas such as the lip, bikini area, and back. Polishing off new looks, techs buff and trim nails during manicures and pedicures for men or women, ensuring clients look their best from the tips of their toes to the tops of their heads.
Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe look out from photo frames at the open floor of High Maintenance Hair Studio. The salon does these Hollywood starlets proud by offering professional beauty treatments in an environment that defines opulence—rich shades of turquoise swathe the walls, and a chandelier hangs above each of the stylists’ workstations. These stylists live up to their posh surroundings, coloring strands with Goldwell products and adding length with extensions made from real human hair.
Sabrina Servidone, owner of Gia Bella Hair Salon, has extensive training as a Paul Mitchell cosmetologist. She puts that training to work with services such as the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi KeraTriplex treatment. And Sabrina amplifies her ability to serve clients by teaming up with hair-industry veteran Michele Webb, who has 20 years of experience. The duo snips locks between red walls, white walls, and a unique floor that looks like the bark of a tree—mainly because lemurs are crawling all over it.