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.
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.
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.
At the recently opened Christopher Brian Salon, a certified master colorist oversees cranial transformations with haircuts and highlights, and a beauty professional smoothes facial terrains with an arsenal of waxing services. A wash rids hair of oil before a professional mane mowing molds tresses into a face-framing style. Then a styled blow-dry keeps styles from getting soggy, and a gloss treatment makes hair shine brighter than a disco ball covered in crisco. Instead of the wash and gloss treatment, patrons may opt to stripe select strands in their choice of shade with a partial foil highlight. Alternatively, clients can banish unwanted whiskers from upper-lips and eyebrows with three full visage waxes, which may be redeemed over multiple visits to stunt the growth of future facial forests.
Salon owner Shannon Santagato has vivid memories of when, as a young girl, her grandmother would squeeze her cheeks and say "Faccia bella, Shannon." The term, which means "beautiful face" in Italian, stuck with her, and today it graces the sign outside of her Paul Mitchell Focus Salon. It's a fitting touch since Shannon and her staff strive to make clients feel just as beautiful as her grandmother did for her as a child. But they’re not just pinching cheeks. As Paul Mitchell trained stylists, they know how to snip the locks of men, women, and children into attractive styles. They also flex their muscles by providing color and straightening treatments and by bench-pressing bags of hair clippings at the end of the day.