Owner Anjana Malesha drew on her Indian heritage to name Ayom Day Spa and Salon, combining the first two letters of the country's ancient medical system, Ayurveda, with om, the symbol of peace.
To reflect these values at the full-service, unisex salon, Malesha and her team imbue beauty services with organic ingredients and fresh fruit, and massages deploy Ayurvedic techniques, such as the Shirodhara treatment, which rhythmically applies warm herbal oil to the forehead and scalp for increased brain circulation. Facial-hair threading, another Indian art, shapes brows to ensure overextended threads don't latch onto sunglasses. Aromatherapy wafts throughout the pumpkin-colored chambers, where candlelight flickers over bamboo screens and copper pedicure bowls to illuminate a stone Buddha.
Housed in a cozy, restored home, Copper River Salon & Spa came to be a member of the National Association of Eco-Friendly Salons & Spas through a series of carefully planned and executed steps by ecoconscious owner and stylist, Barbara Weigand. Melding her long-time interests in both earth-conscious recycling and hair artistry, she opened Copper River in 2011 after working closely with architects who specialize in environmentally friendly designs. Inside the two-story green salon, stylists perform a variety of hair-centric services under energy-efficient lights, and the spa is home to relaxing facials and massages, surrounded by repurposed materials whenever possible.
Dr. Russell Kateman helms Amalgamated Eyes, where he harnesses his two decades of optometry experience to bolster the sight of his clients through thorough exams and fashionably functional eyewear. During exams, he checks for glaucoma, general visual acuity, and drafts in the window to the soul. Prescriptions furnished from exams then can go on to fuel stylish frames from designers such as Prada and Armani.
The beauty experts at Bella Rouge Studio do it all, from film and editorial shoots to informative makeup lessons. Bridal parties, bachelorettes, and girls enjoying a night out all gather at the perfume bar to create sweet-smelling personal scents or sip wine and share laughs during glamorous makeovers. Meanwhile, stylists work their magic on tresses to create stunning formal hairdos, such as a luxurious cascade of glossy, ironed curls, or a superfluous bridal veil made entirely of hair. After guests accentuate their natural beauty with facials and cosmetics, an on-site photographer can even be enlisted to capture milestone images of brides before they walk down the aisle or prom-goers before they take their first dance
Catering to adults as well as children, Classy Clippers?a neighborhood fixture for 25 years?welcomes clients with complimentary coffee, tea, and cookies. After settling in and engaging in an in-depth consultation, the skilled stylists treat clients to services ranging from highlights to high-quality extensions to elegant updos.
Though some salons tout themselves as family friendly, Classy Clippers backs up the claim with a special children's area decked out in coloring books and candy. And, in addition to lounging and playing, youngsters can receive a cut and style as the diligently contemplate which look will make the biggest splash at the preschool prom.
La Bella Vita is a family-friendly salon, and you can tell from a quick peek at its waiting room. In the cozy space, adults snack on coffee, tea, and cookies. Kids, meanwhile, get their own candy-stocked corner brimming with coloring books, rather than copies of Seven Habits of Highly Effective Two-Year-Olds. The salon's team of stylists, much like its waiting room, happily accommodate clients young and old. They can trim squirrelly kids' bangs, or beautify older clients with custom cuts, artful highlights, and intricate updos. The detail-oriented team works with eyebrows, too, shaping and tinting them to bring out the best in clients' faces.