Robin Ford tends to hands and feet at Expression Salon alongside a staff of other nail technicians and hairstylists. While she works, staff members dole out a wealth of beauty treatments—from haircuts and color services to facials, waxing, spray tans, and gel manicures. Stylists use products by Thermafuse, L'Oréal Professionnel, and Kenra. The salon's coral-colored walls and punchy green accents surround visitors, along with free WiFi and our collective unconscious.
In the sumptuous confines of Glamour! Beauty. Body. Boutique., chandeliers glimmer above pink-and-white-striped walls, plump black sofas, and rose-colored armchairs. Marie Antoinette and her courtiers would look at home amid the salon’s ornate black scrollwork and pink satin.
From the salon walls, the framed visages of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe watch deft stylists wield Paul Mitchell products as they snip and color clients’ locks to reflect classical dos or avant-garde trends. The team can also lengthen locks with hair or feather extensions and craft updos for formal occasions. In addition, the salon offers facials that use Bioelements products, waxing services, and eyelash extensions.
Sunlight streams in through tall windows, illuminating Headlines Styling Studio's newly remodeled interior of pale green-colored walls and dark hardwood floorboards. The open, naturally lit space takes on an easy atmosphere that's accentuated by a team of experienced stylists. Though they maintain an inviting demeanor, they approach each of their classic salon services with the attentiveness of a poet watching a bead of dew floating on a dandelion fluffy. They transform manes with the help of salon-quality products and precision cuts, removing dead ends to accentuate facial features.
Andrea Nasholm’s dream as a 5-year-old to one day work in the beauty industry came to fruition when she graduated from A’Art College of Beauty in 2000. Now an experienced nail technician, Andrea files digits and covers them in regular, glitter, and Shellac polishes. Her passion is creating the perfect pedicure, which includes a mask, scrub, and two rounds of "This Little Piggy."
Inside B. Suite Studio Salon, Jennifer McGowan decorates nails on the hands and feet with Shellac polish that lasts up to two weeks without chipping or whimpering. She meticulously shapes the nails and evens out their lengths with clippers, also tending to cuticles. Jennifer also offers hair and coloring services, regularly attending hair shows and using her post-cosmetology school training to show her passion for color through the hairstyles of her clients. She and the salon's other beauty professionals also apply spray tans and remove body hair with waxing services.
The professionals at Salem's Elite Hair Salon & Spa bring more than 20 years of experience to the styling table. When they aren't busy taming manes or weaving in dimensional highlights, Sheri, and Lisa Ann can be found performing a slew of other feel-good treatments, such as waxing services that allow clients to duct-tape themselves to each other without fear of a painful aftermath.