After renting a chair for seven years, Erika Cook, a stylist with 16 years of experience, was ready to move up. With the support of her family, friends, clients, and fiancé, she opened Tranquility Salon & Spa, where she and her staff perform everything from curls with Surface hair products to manicures with durable Shellac gel polish. Cook is doing everything she can to make the salon a success, especially by making as many services available as possible. Along with waxing and makeup applications, she offers hot-stone, sports, and other massage services, as well as glycolic-acid peels that reduce the worry lines that appear when you agonize too long over whether to buy ketchup or catsup.
With Marilyn Monroe's timeless likeness keeping a watchful eye on coiffure transformations, Studio180's savvy stylists snip strands and apply careful color in foils or all-over treatments. They can also make curly hair straight—and vice versa—with advanced retexturizing treatments. Fancy updos prepare brides for a big day, and facial waxing keeps complexions fuzz-free longer than shaving or shaking your head like a Wooly Willy.
Prestige Salon & Spa keeps statures in good standing with a toolbox of skin-nourishing and health-inducing services. Release skin that has long since stopped paying its union dues with a clarifying microdermabrasion treatment ($99), which removes dead skin cells to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and decrease the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation. For an hour of blissful kneading, choose a Swedish massage ($70) to increase circulation, or the aromatherapy version with scented essential oils ($75) to rejuvenate skin without restoring so much youth that you turn back into a baby. Deep-tissue massage ($75) descends into soft tissue and joints to liberate pain while increasing flexibility and range of motion. Prestige Salon & Spa's bright confines feature yellow walls and white trim for a cheery atmosphere to match the cheer-inducing services.
The Hairs Inn Salon offers more than just hair design, but—with a full service hair studio, color bar, and stylists that perform countless treatments—it’s fitting that hair earned its place on the marquee. Owner and stylist Holly Johnson oversees a talented roster of beauticians as they provide elegant cuts and embellishments, such as coloring and keratin treatments. Additionally, this full-service salon—which services men, women, and children—offers makeup applications, waxing, and beauty services tailored to help clients prepare for special events.
Joe Sassu runs the Paul Mitchell focus salon Sassu Cuts, where he strives to develop the feel and style of a New York City hair salon. He and his newest staffer, Abby Ayala, also do their level best to create NYC-inspired hairstyles, performing an array of beauty services. Abby?s background includes second place in her field at SkillsUSA, a competition among thousands of students from Connecticut?s technical schools. Amid exposed brick and in front of stylist stations that resemble large modern toolboxes, they cut new ?dos, correct faltering color, wax away unwanted hairs, and perform bridal services, such as convincing a groom to get the first haircut of his life.