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.
Nestled in the historic Del Ray building, Faccia Bella’s team of skilled aestheticians bolsters patrons' natural appeal with a repertoire of individually tailored hair, makeup, and skincare services. Owner and makeup artist April Mary enhances visages with cosmetics and airbrush makeup for special events and nuptials photo-ready enough to merit Faccia Bella WeddingWire's 2012 Bride's Choice Award. Earth-tone hued treatment rooms host knot untying deep-tissue massages and long-lasting spray tans. Luxe wraps encircle bodily temples in creamy natural, body butter and warm blankets, leaving skin softer than the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man fresh out of the microwave. Bridal updos, eyelash extensions, gentle waxing, and facials round out Faccia Bella's lineup of beauty-boosting treatments.
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.