Those not impressed with The Color Room Hair Salon's sleek hardwood floors and high vaulted ceilings are taken by the salon's centerpiece—modern chandeliers whose gold sequins glow in the sunlight. Amid these warm accents, expert stylists highlight bland strands and reduce frizz with keratin smoothing treatments. Guests may also request a formal updo, or banish unwanted hair from the body or face with a swift wax.
If you ask Jodi Hudson the secret to running a successful hair salon, you might find her answer refreshingly simple: hair. Hudson, who spent 15 years teasing 'dos at other froufrou salons full of bells and whistles, decided to focus strictly on haircare when she opened Lakeview Hair Salon in 2004.
The basic goal of taming, nourishing, and shaping hair goes into everything Hudson does at her salon, from assembling a staff of skilled friseurs to stocking the shelves with top-notch products, such as Aquage and Paul Mitchell. And well-rounded haircare means that eyebrow waxing, perms, and bridal updos shaped like hairbrushes are also on the menu.
Tangled Up's battalion of mane tamers revamps locks with a menu of hair services and a selection of Paul Mitchell products. One of their master or staff stylists will shampoo the scalp clean of debris and discard candy-bar wrappers before snipping away at miscreant locks and formulating ideas for a new 'do (a $20–$25 value). Highlight favored strands of hair with a partial highlight or color an entire head of hair to blend in with a newly purchased pillowcase (a $35–$50 value). The one- to two-hour styling session is wrapped up with a brow wax that shapes eyebrows into a constant expression of surprise (a $10–$12 value).
The style stalwarts at Supercuts have trimmed, toned, and honed the domes of hair-bearing hominids for decades. Walk-ins and waltz-ins are always welcome seven days a week at any of Supercuts' locations. The experienced stylists can accommodate cuts ranging from quick, careful mop maintenance to a more buzzworthy beehive for hypnotizing local grizzlies. Each scissor-handed specialist will draw from a vat of experience, leveraging quality hair products from Paul Mitchell and others to infuse your filaments with a winsome glow and creative coiffure.
The licensed aestheticians at FaceLuXe clear skin of blemishes and unwanted hair with a full spectrum of facials and waxing services. Consultations precede each treatment, during which skin specialists select products that match clients’ specific skin types. They then use these products in signature facials designed to address issues associated with aging, such as fine lines and blemishes from trying to blow out too many birthday candles at once. FaceLuXe offers relaxation packages such as the Revive treatment, which includes a massage, facial, and eye and lip treatments.
Image Sun’s professional tanning consultants add sun-kissed color to their clients' bods with a variety of airbrush services and tanning beds. Before patrons begin tanning treatments, specialists perform a complimentary skin-type analysis, which gauges the proper tanning equipment, power, and session time to prevent burning while building a deep base tan. The salon’s private tanning rooms stock four levels of UV beds, which use variable doses of bronzing rays to gradually build up a golden complexion like a game of patty-cake with King Midas. Sun-shy clients can bypass ultraviolet exposure inside the Mystic Tan booth, which spritzes pasty torsos in just minutes. The high-end tanning tonic dries quickly, leaves skin oozing a breezy tropical scent, and—like the embarrassment of calling your boss "Dad"—fades in about one week. The salon also supplies a stock of tan-enhancing lotions from brands such as Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin, as well as ShineWhite teeth-whitening kits that help sharpen the contrast of newly bronzed skin.
The experienced beauticians at Belleza Salon sculpt 'dos, pamper bodies, and transmogrify coarse skin into silky surfaces with a variety of treatments. The 60-minute microdermabrasion begins with a facial cleanse and soft exfoliation to give a polite heave-ho to clingy debris and dead skin (a $100 value). Tiny diamond crystals gently remove the outer layer of the skin, thereby sweeping away evidence of fine lines, acne scars, and catfights at a pet store. Meanwhile, a moisturizing mask soothes the pores to reduce the chance of irritation after the treatment. Alternatively, the 60-minute Belleza facial uses gentle ultrasonic energy to stimulates collagen production in the face, which helps boost elasticity, even skin tones, and create a youthful appearance without hitchhiking on tricycles (a $110 value). The facial comes to a soothing close with a massage of the face, shoulders, hands, and feet.