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.
Illuminated by hanging lights and decorative lamps, professionally licensed hair and skin artists gussy up clients behind sleek, leather chairs attached to blond, hardwood floors. Drawing from a facial-services menu, aestheticians analyze each client’s skin before swabbing faces with natural extracts or innovative products from Dr. Pugliese’s Circadia line. They can also craft facials specifically designed for backs and male faces, as well as wax bikini regions, legs, and arms. Meanwhile, stylists cater to hair in all its sundry forms, cutting and coloring locks with premium products.
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.
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.
Melissa Ponce, owner of Face 2 Face Skin Care, is a licensed skin therapist and makeup artist. She augments her skill set with shelves of organic skincare products from Dermalogica, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, and Neal’s Yard Remedies, which are made from plants that have never touched a drop of manmade fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, or moonshine. Armed with these naturally occurring tools, she beautifies visitors during makeup services, waxing sessions, and facial treatments.
Sitting in a red chair in front of a futuristic, diamond-shaped mirror at Blown Away, you might feel as though you're piloting a spaceship. The reality is far less stressful—a stylist is probably trimming your hair or combing it through with products from brands such as Sebastian and Alterna.
Despite the salon's name, the team specializes in far more than blowouts. They also apply highlights, curl hair with perms, and take down frizz with thermal straightening. There are even waxing services for the face and body, as well as mani-pedis with skin-softening paraffin wax.