Licensed aesthetician Hillary Reid beautifies bodies with professional makeup application and skin-smoothing waxing treatments inside a chic spa setting. Swift swipes pull freeloading strands from the lip, chin, or eyebrow, leaving plenty of room for welcoming kisses blown in the wind. Underarm, half arms, and bikini areas may also evict fuzz with the help of waxing, which keeps hair away for longer than shaving or foraging for sticky flytraps. Alternatively, a professional application of makeup precisely lines eyes, rouges cheeks, and shadows lids for natural or glam facial enhancing. Reid cares for clients inside a chic treatment area with a lush white and zebra-striped treatment bed and a room lined with deep wood shelves. Organic tones spill across the room bedecked in tan walls, accented with green and brown pillows and topped off with an animal-print lampshade that doubles as helmet for practicing catwalks.
Effective hair- and skincare requires two things: talented, well-trained beauty professionals and quality products. Elayne James Salon and Spa, named in Salon Today's list for 200 of the country’s fastest growing salons, thrives with a staff of Redken- and Wella-trained hairstylists who wield French-made herbal formulas from Privé as they cut, color, and style strands. They also lengthen short ‘dos with Italian SoCap hair extensions, block frizz with a keratin smoothing system, and scare strands straight with barks from a drill sergeant. The salon’s aestheticians use preservative-free A Natural Difference skincare products to cleanse and exfoliate skin during facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and red-light-therapy sessions. Beyond hair and skin, Elayne James’s service menu includes indulgent Swedish and deep-tissue massages, mani-pedis, and waxing.
Hairport and a Touch of Class Tanning?has been in business for more than 25 years, though you wouldn't know it by the decidedly fresh look of its vibrant red- and lemon-colored walls and its unblemished dark-wood shelving. The same goes for the stylists, who remain linked, by way of continuing education, to the most current trends in beauty and fashion. And so experience and modern savvy combine in every haircut, coloring treatment, or perm conducted, resulting in a look that brings freshness and vitality to any head of hair or sentient spaghetti bowl. The salon also features standup and lay-down tanning booths, and mani-pedi stations helmed by nail artists whose spa manicures and sea-salt pedicures enrich the nails and the skin.
The friendly stylists at Xanadu Salon deftly shape, tint, and smooth bedraggled locks in a welcoming, canary-hued parlor filled with professional products. Owner Andrea Patterson, whose services are backed by a Master’s in business at Springfield College and an education at the American Beauty Academy, leads a team of stylists that caters to each client's individual hair needs. They accomplish this by vigilantly keeping gum away from locks, and, secondarily, by rendering an array of salon services. Massage therapists also pamper customers with oils from Arbonne and Therapro before bodywork sessions.
Having treated skin conditions for more than a decade, the aestheticians at Topnotch Skincare combine their collective expertise with organic products from A Natural Difference to erase blemishes and signs of aging. Acne, fine lines, and other imperfections melt away like snowmen in a sauna after a custom European facial or chemical-peel exfoliation. Mud wraps and salt scrubs draw on Mother Nature’s medicine cupboard to restore skin’s youthful glow, and body polishes add a smooth luster to arms, legs, and torsos. To complement their cleansing services, the spa’s staff beautifies bodies with waxing treatments, airbrush tans, and makeup applications.
Hearkening back to an era of classic glamour, Pin Up Salon’s expert stylists freshen and flatter manes with an array of services. Clients can opt for either full foil highlights or all-over color with strategically placed foils for added dimension (a $120 value) to garner the admiration of friends with or without 3-D glasses. A glossy glaze (a $25 value) followed by a luxurious deep-conditioning treatment (a $25 value) moisturizes away any remnants of winter dryness and leaves behind healthy sheen. The mane makeover, which takes about three hours from start to finish, wraps up when well-trained stylists adeptly snip, clip, and blow-dry a new coif (a $35 value).