Boston Avenue Salon owner Pamela Fodor uses chemistry and science every day, but after 21 years as a professional cosmetologist and 4 years as a teacher, she has turned science into an art. “If I could do one service all day, every day, it would be women’s cuts and highlighting services. I take pride in hitting the baby-blonde lites every time with no toner,” she says. She honed her skills treating the hair of more than 200 brides and thousands more prom-goers. One client even flew Pamela out to Hawaii to ensure she was on-hand to style hair on the wedding day.
Pamela pairs her services with those of her staff, who invite clients to sip on complimentary coffee, tea, water, beer, or wine while enjoying a bit of well-earned beautifying and pampering. The decor echoes the duo’s classic sense of style with a combination of black and white elements accented by glass furnishings. The walls sport images of equally classic beauty, such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and the Rat Pack, a bunch of rats who accidentally tied themselves together by the tail and wound up resembling Cary Grant’s profile.
Centric pampers its clients with an arsenal of beautifying services designed to relieve stress as well as improve appearances. During the hair treatment and style, staff members slather follicles with Davines Royal Jelly conditioner, infusing strands with essential amino acids and mineral salts. The treatment targets hair weakened by such environmental factors as dehydration and being buried in a mudslide. A 60-minute massage employs either Swedish or deep-tissue techniques to delve into muscular tension with the gusto of an archaeologist diving into a newly discovered Mesopotamian ball pit.
Inside Elephant In The Room, wooden floors and slate-gray walls pave the way through an elegant, modern man-cave, leading to a room of big cushy black chairs, wooden tables, and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. As customers sip on complimentary beverages, expert stylists sling essential oils across scalps, slather skin with all-natural Joe grooming products, and primp and preen hands. The club also hosts private bachelor parties and events and gives loyal lounge lizards access to monthly grooming memberships, complete with unlimited haircuts, 10% off products, and regularly scheduled french-braiding tutorials.
Salon Glo's Megan Box crafts chip-free nail accessories in one of 50 Creative Shellac polish colors that endure up to two weeks of playing real life. Hand and foot honings begin with an exfoliating scrub and a cuticle grooming, prepping digits before a lotion application swathes newly fresh skin to amp up moisture retention like Poseidon's recruiting agents. After a treatment mask smoothes feet, UV rays fuse one of 50 Shellac hues onto nails to colorfully gird digits against chips and streaks for up to one fortnight. Set against the backdrop of the salon's art-filled walls, nail polishings grant paws the stylish confidence necessary to stop hiding inside musty baseball gloves.
Owner and a clinical aesthetician, Laura Hassell pamper skins in the comfort of private rooms. Laura's full service spa specializes in catering to clients seeking anti-aging and corrective skin treatments. The spa uses top of the line products along with medical-grade equipment to help their clients achieve healthy and glowing skin.
Winking and fluttering peepers run rampant at Eyelash Envy, where deft technicians expertly aggrandize eyes with a menu of lash enhancements. The meticulous crew can glue synthetic extensions one by one along the natural lash line to pump up volume and length, or swipe on a coating of semipermanent mascara that truncates daily makeup rituals for up to two weeks. Aside from elevating wink power, techs also buff away stubble and cacti pricklies from the face with warm wax, and pamper skin with eight types of facials designed to suit the skincare needs of both men and women.