Even with the large clock on salon's front wall, clients lose track of time while being treated at Cole Michael Hair Salon. That's because owner Denise Gravel, a nail tech, and a staff of expert stylists aim to please and pamper. Time flies just from going through Denise's 20-year résumé, which includes training as a color specialist and work on a television series. Although her forte is creating eye-catching updos and dimensional color, Denise and her hairstyling veterans also snip strands into stylish looks, smooth locks with keratin treatments to make hair more manageable, and gloss manes until they are shinier than a lucky penny tossed into the mall's lemon-juice fountain.
Verdant plants, potted orchids, and a built-in stone fountain signal a natural atmosphere at Air Salon & Spa, which spruces up bodies with organic products?including Davines and Alterna Hemp?and environmentally friendly practices. Dedicated to being a zero-impact business, the salon furnishes its waiting room and stations with an assortment of reclaimed materials and vintage pieces, relying on soy-based inks for written correspondence and drafts of the Constitution. The walls sport coats of low-VOC paint, and the staff cleans and maintains the space using nontoxic, earth-friendly cleaning products. As a result of this commitment to eco-excellence, patrons can breath deeply as they undergo manicures or hair treatments in comforting massage chairs.
The salon and day spa at Moderne may not be far apart physically, but each one feels like a completely different place. The bustling salon is home to a trio of stylists who boast specialties in hair design, extensions, dimensional and corrective color, and Brazilian blowouts, which leave hair straighter, sleeker, and perfect for princes’ climbing attempts. This bustling salon floor slips away as guests enter the doors to the day spa, where they’re greeted by relaxing music. There, massage therapists perform deep-tissue and hot-stone massages, and a nail technician paints fingernails and toenails. The aestheticians can also custom-blend facials, peels, and back facials for clients.
On the block of McKinley Street, stylist Krisel Baumet transforms clients' looks with eyelash and hair extensions. The certified lash extensionist has more than 12 years of industry experience. At Blueberries Lashes, she applies single-strand NovaLash extensions using a long-lasting, medical-grade adhesive. With proper care, these extensions can last up to four weeks. Krisel is also a certified hair extensionist and even serves as a hair extension instructor. Blueberries Lashes services include facial waxing, hair coloring, professional makeup application, spa-style manicures and pedicures, and flattery free of charge.
At Unlimited Styles Barbershop & Salon, creative director Kim Evans captains a team of skilled stylists, beauty specialists, and expert barbers. Amid green and grey walls and trendy decor, the staffers perform an array of hair, nail, and skincare services. Master stylist Aiesha Grant snips up new looks and twists hair into intricate braids and dreadlocks, while barbers trim facial hair with luxurious hot-lather shaves. Skincare specialist Jasmin Santana sculpts brows with waxing services and rejuvenates skin with facials, as cosmetologist Jaricia DePina, who has a specialty in braids, styles hair and accentuates eyes and lips with makeup.