At Salon E, owner Eleni Kotretsos shapes new 'dos with Wella products and trendy techniques learned in frequent classes at the Wella studio in New York City. At her home salon, Eleni colors, trims, and conditions tresses while clients dip taste buds or frostbitten toes in mugs of coffee. Hardwood walls and ceilings surround guests waiting on a couch or zebra-print chair in the waiting room, which is ringed with shelves of MoroccanOil and milk_shake products. In the styling area, a chandelier augments the natural light streaming through two large windows, and an antique dress mannequin draws admiration from passersby and secretly performs janitorial duties after hours.
The staffers at A Touch of Heaven Salon and Spa perfect appearances and soothe aching muscles with services that use designer product lines. Stylists bathe tresses in Keune hair hues, which allow clients to match their locks to previous dyes or Monet’s water lilies. Dermalogica products cleanse complexions during eight kinds of facials, each of which targets a different source of the skin blues. During the exfoliating body scrub, sea salt sloughs off dead skin cells and clears a pore pathway for a river moisturizing oils, which are tinged with such scents as lavender or peppermint rosemary. The spa also corrals its services into themed packages, including a Teen Angel session that arms adolescents with beauty tips and a Honeymoon spa day for two complete with massages, facials, and the hand-holding required by most couples' prenuptial agreements.
Mixtura Hair Studio, a full-service salon, specializes in stylish looks for every texture of hair, regardless of past tress-misdemeanors. In addition to the haircuts and coloring options on offer, this cozy, busy salon packs a modish punch with its hair extension, nail care, and make-up application services. Have an expert stylist's nimble fingers scissor locks into chicness with a haircut ($18+) or allow painted highlights ($65+) to illuminate follicles until they gleam like the gossamer strands on a sun-kissed toddler-angel's head. Salon-goers can tame misbehaving cuticles with a manicure ($7), kick home dye jobs to the curb with a color correction ($65), or emulate a favorite pop star's Grammy eyes with the dramatic makeup application ($10–$35).
Pure Beauty Lounge owner Pamela works alongside cosmetologists, nail technicians, an aesthetician, and a massage therapist as they unleash soothed sighs and newfound beauty. Brushes flit across nails in manicure chairs, and a massage room in sage and burgundy hues offers privacy during kneading sessions. The massage therapist heats smooth stones, and aromatherapy oils release warm clouds of soothing scents like a soup made from love letters. The staff performs skin-refreshing facials and body wraps, and a hydrotherapy capsule bed with a water-jet massage and full-body steam bath purrs and hisses over a chorus of calm exhalations.
Vintage House of Hair’s stylists have both a sense of humor and a sense of hospitality. So while they style their clients’ hair, they serve complimentary cocktails and encourage the kind of laughter normally reserved for the times when one sitcom character points out another sitcom character’s failure to be a perfect human. Encased in a deep mocha frame, the full-length mirrors that lean against cream- or dark orange-hued walls catch all the mirthful action. They also reflect stylists rendering trendy updos and perms or removing unwanted hair with facial waxing services.
Part boutique, part 1940s-inspired beauty emporium, All Gussied Up channels the charm of yesteryear while offering modern types of treatments. In June of 2012, Kelly Pettis opened the summer- and retro-themed store. Inside, Kelly and her staff apply spray tans, whiten teeth, and apply permanent makeup. All Gussied Up also has a boutique that stocks swimwear, retail items, and denim from brands such as Steady Clothing, ChicStar, Despi, and Bombshell Bay. Shoppers can stop by on a Thursday evening for their special Un-Housewives Club monthly event.