As a practitioner of the Aveda arts, Kriza Aveda Salon Spa stocks its shelves, cosmetic counters, and salon stations with natural, botanical serums and salves. To pamper clients, the staff peppers each service with luxurious flair—stylists treat guests to a head, neck, shoulder, and hand massage with every haircut, before touching up makeup for ladies. Between appointments, they’ll even trim up bangs to keep cuts stylish or keep head hair from weaving itself into eyelashes. In addition to applying makeup for brides or for special occasions, makeup artists also consult with clients to teach them how to enhance their features and pick the shades that suit their particular skin tone during lessons. Plant-based facials leave skin radiant, diminish wrinkles, or address acne. In every location, the decor mirrors the commitment to naturalism with a light, airy feel, characterized by mostly white walls and plenty of mirrors and glass.
At Drybar, a pair of scissors or hair-coloring foil is nowhere to be found. That’s because the business’s founder, Alli Webb, opened the shop strictly for blowouts after her in-home business skyrocketed. Featured extensively in the media, each of the more than 25 white-hued, airy shops revolves around a center bar where customers sit for around 45 minutes as stylists blow-dry, straighten, and curl their hair. From a menu booklet, clients select a cocktail-themed hairstyle, such as The Mai Tai, which imparts beachy waves, and The Manhattan, which streamlines locks with a sleek finish that mimics the straight lines of downtown New York and can be outfitted with a tiny doorman who hails cabs for you. The staff at Drybar also crafts updos, travels on location for an additional fee, offers high-end products and tools available for purchase, and tallies bar tabs so that customers can pay for multiple blowouts at once.
At Marina Andre Salon, Marina Andre leads a team of six stylists with experience working at salons such as Vidal Sassoon and José Eber. Amid French-chateau fixtures, stylists arrange elegant evening hairdos, uncoil curly hair, and add waves to hair rendered straight after falling asleep on an ironing board. Meanwhile, aestheticians rejuvenate bodies and minds with spa services such as facials, which employ unusual, skin-friendly ingredients, such as chai soy, volcanic ash, and licorice. Marina Andre Salon also plays host to an arsenal of products by Dermalogica, Redken, and Enjoy so that clients can pick up a stock to beautify with in front of their bathroom vanity or neighbor's window.
When owner Linda Rich designed Ankh Studio, she wanted a contrast to the enormous, impersonal salons where she trained. “[I] wanted something that felt like home,” she says—an understandable sentiment after years of traveling the world as a stylist with Sebastian Professional. As she mulled over the details of salon decor, she gravitated toward the center of all homesteads: the fireplace. Ankh Studio's classically styled mantle is painted a chic black and white, anchoring tile mosaics and mirrors with wrought-iron borders.
Rich operates the salon with a team that includes one stylist whom she’s worked with for more than 35 years. She's chosen the new stylists with care, auditioning them with trial styling jobs and spirit quests to trim the pelts of mountain lions. Each stylist uses products from Paul Mitchell in the pursuit of the most flattering cuts.
The professionals at Moonlight Skin Cares kick the natural skin-cell process into high gear with their microdermabrasion treatments and facials. Instead of waiting for dead skin cells to slough off by themselves, microdermabrasion gently abrades the topmost layer of skin and uses vacuum suction or tiny black holes to get rid of the dead cells. The body then quickly replaces those cells with fresh healthy ones. Custom enzyme peels also achieve the same exfoliating effect, and both treatments make the studio's cleansers and moisturizers more effective.
The four stylists who comprise the staff at Platinum Salon pool more than 40 years of combined experience. At the helm is Angela Mekelburg, who graduated from Carsten's Aveda Institute more than a decade ago, before cultivating her skills at various salons and eventually opening up Platinum Salon. There, she and her team cater to clients’ hair needs by cutting, coloring, and rendering straightening treatments. They can also perform extensions for clients looking to sneak into a Victorian photo album.