Amid ocean-blue walls splashed with tropical orange accents and beach-themed décor, Salon Makai's seasoned stylists relax, nourish, and refine harried heads with expert precision. Patrons sidle up to a shampoo station to let stylists shower heads in warm, soothing water and slather strands with a rich deep-conditioning serum. Focused fingers then massage the scalp, soothing cranial surfaces stressed out from months of tight ponytails and burrowing hair gophers. Finally, scissors snip away old growth and sculpt a sophisticated new cut, after which clients can return home to style tresses to suit their tastes or bask in a professional blow-dry and style for an additional $20.
Expert stylist Jennifer Baker works within Tuscan Salon, which stays true to its name with earth-toned walls and a painted Roman column enshrouded by leafy branches. Amid this decor, Ms. Baker snips strands, strengthens hair with deep-conditioning treatments, and adds highlights.
The hand-painted murals at Tuscan Salon may catch clients' eyes on the way in, but it's the trendy ‘dos created by stylist Chantha Touch that keep them gazing into the mirrors on the way out. To achieve these styles, Chantha—who boasts two decades of styling experience—uses nourishing conditioners to ward off frizz and carefully trims long locks to eliminate split ends. She also wields an arsenal of finishing tools, such as blow-driers, straighteners, and bluebirds on loan from Cinderella to sculpt manes into sleek final styles.
Miniature overhead spotlights illuminate the salon’s centerpiece—an ornate mural with Romanesque columns and lush painted greenery. Amid these cozy accents, skilled stylists administer face-flattering cuts and jazzy color highlights. Clients may also solicit the salon for a long-lasting mani-pedi or retreat to a private room for a soothing hot-stone or deep-tissue massage.
The friendly staff at Swanky! lull clients' meddling mind matter with a soothing touch paralleled only by the voices of NPR. Chatter drifts between beauty beds and chairs, creating an ambience warmed further by precision, style, and experience.