At Splitends, men and women are encouraged to experiment with their look, which may result in strangers' inaudible mouth gapes and excessive staring. Confidently pass off the reigns of your flashy hair-drawn chariot to one of the many aesthetically adventurous stylists. Call on owner and resident rock sculptor Christopher Hall, whose razor-sharp electro-clash cuts will have Grandma pulling her hair out and then selling her hair on the Internet to pay for an electro-clash cut. Or Gina, whose knowledge of high-end products will leave you with locks more flowing than a soccer star’s, more volume pumped than a soccer crowd, and more sparkling than a freshly washed minivan belonging to one well-kempt soccer parent.
The team of Carlton-alumni stylists at ALKALI boast more than 50 years of combined experience. Versed in South African, European, and American looks, the team trims hair before sculpting everything from intricate braids to fully functional beehives. The ALKALI crew?s other services include brightening locks with highlights, elongating strands with natural extensions, and smoothing frizzy hair with keratin treatments.
Salon Dolce Vita’s master scissor-wielder, Andrea Dupree, enlists 15 years of strand-snipping experience to create chic and elegant styles. Locks unfurl in the tress-tamer’s lithe fingers as she clears away split ends and tumbleweeds and leaves hair gardens flawlessly pruned. Manes eager for a punch of color can receive either a noggin’s worth of illuminating highlights or a full head of drenching hues before reveling in a toasty bout under a blow-dryer for a polished finish. After the mane refurbishment, clients can admire new ‘dos in a crystal-clear mirror or a stranger's glasses or enlist the opinion of the notoriously persnickety sun, which gallivants through the salon’s floor-to-ceiling windows.
Vinita Vineet, owner of Vinita's Beauty & Threading Studio, hails from India, bringing Eastern depilation techniques to the West Coast. She and her staff of trained threading experts whisk hair from men's and women's faces, creating perfectly shaped brows, silky upper lips, and cheeks that are smoother than a newly polished bowling lane. For body parts south of the face, they rely on waxing treatments to remove unwanted hair. Artistically applied henna tattoos adorn arms, legs, and décolletage; henna is also used to tint hair.
Inside this European-style salon, a skilled team of stylists use high-quality products to renovate clients’ hair, skin, and nails. Stylists craft trendy dos with American Crew and Enjoy hair serums as well as stimulate thinning strands with Nioxin products. The team also removes unwanted hair with heated wax and keeps digits looking polished with relaxing mani-pedis.
Amid the colorful, retro atmosphere of Hypnotic Salon & Spa, Laura Menna hones her steady hand and deft waxing technique. By using hard wax, Laura can gently lift unwelcome body hair while avoiding pain and skin damage. The expert tech can perform most treatments within 15 minutes, including underarm pruning, brow shaping, and mustache unbraiding.