At Lotus Healing Arts Center, tranquil surroundings envelop clients as they partake in healing services for the body and spirit or beauty services to spiff up hair, nails, and skin. Spirits seeking balance for life or gymnastics can opt for a chakra reading or a psychic reading from life coach Paul Miller. To care for outer beauty, the center's hair stylists match clients with their ideal cut and hue, and makeup artists add definition to facial features so that they stand out even when covered in pie.
Bushy ferns and hanging baskets welcome clients into Lotus, while wicker chairs situated before the entrance enable clients to enjoy fresh air while waiting. Inside, a stone fountain twists up from a sky-blue ceramic bowl, and brass figures of Nagarajah?a goddess of emotion?and a healing Buddha watch over services.
Five licensed cosmetologists run the hairstyling show at Shears The Salon, backing up certifications from Redken and Paul Mitchell, among others, by cropping and coloring strands into elegant styles. After consulting with clients to concoct hairdos that blend personal preference with current fashions, stylists send hair to the Wash House for sudsy cleaning with the salon’s signature shampoo. Thirsty strands take swigs of top-shelf products at the Color Bar, whose tenders show off their mastery of highlighting techniques and color designs. Cosmetologists also tend to skin and muscles with pick-me-ups such as soothing tea-tree scalp treatments and relaxing manicures and pedicures. Makeup applications revivify complexions, and a warm bath of wax washes away unwanted fuzz on lips, brows, and chins.
At Matthew's Barber, Beauty, & Nails, checkerboard floors support swiveling chairs where a stylist massages scalps and uses vacuum clippers to whisk away clipped whisps. Aestheticians daub fingernails with lacquer by OPI at blond-wood manicure stations, and stylists paint ‘dos with products from Enjoy and American Crew in a host of salon and spa services. Private rooms ensconce guests within serene taupe walls as aestheticians purify pores with steam and soothing masks, and unlimited tanning lets client bronze bodies in comfort without needing to build their own sun in the garage. Complimentary WiFi ricochets throughout the salon, bouncing signals off ephemera such as photographs, posters of Lucille Ball, and shadowbox shelves.
Paul Mitchell The School complements the mission statement of its home?MTI College?by giving students the opportunity to pursue their passion for hair care in employment-driven programs that emphasize hands-on training. With the help of sage instructors, the school's aspiring stylists showcase their skills by offering trims as well as more in-depth treatments that can create dramatic new looks for their clients. A cut and style session gives hairdos a new life and coloring and texturizing treatments add depth where it's needed most. As an added bonus, every haircut includes a soothing five-minute scalp treatment that helps alleviate stress and removes long-forgotten birthday party hats.
At Kahootz Salon and Spa, facials are indulgences as much as they are skin care treatments. After a deep pore cleansing, skincare specialists use steam, exfoliations, and a customized mask to nourish the complexion and draw out its most radiant colors. They cap it off with a massage and healthy doses of moisturizer, and though Kahootz also offers hair and nail treatments, they're all conducted with similar care and attentiveness. Manicurists tend to finger- and toe-nails with creature comforts like warm soaks, cuticle care, and massages. Hairstylists are on hand to cut, color, and treat hair with keratin blowouts that eliminate fizz and make locks fall as straight as a lemming's swan dive.
Cristaleyesation at Tokyo Nail Spa specializes in creative nail design including 3-D nail art and custom photo printing. Guests are seated in neon-pink chairs shaped like hands where they can browse an extensive selection of nail charms, polish, and images to embellish their digits. Hard-to-find photos, such as a picture of a beloved pet or an unflattering snapshot of Sylvester Stallone, can also be transferred onto nails if brought in on a disk or flash drive. In addition to nail art, Cristaleyesation at Tokyo Nail Spa's aesthetic professionals perform eyelash extensions, waxing services, and massages. They also offer customers a selection of gifts, jewelry, and Japanese snack food.