Inside the U.S. Bank Building sits Europa by Sasha Salon & Spa, bedecked in marble fixtures and vivid paintings that glow under soothing spa lighting. Aestheticians help faces slough off dead skin cells through exfoliation and imbue cheeks with moisture and the motivation to finally finish their novels. Massage therapists knead sore tissues, and expert colorists enhance mop tops with color treatments, allowing hair tones to match a new outfit or freshly reupholstered couches. Other services include manicures, formal updos, makeup applications, and sauna sessions.
Artistic prowess doesn't just appear overnight. It takes years of practice. That's why each of Dino Palmieri's salons, including the Dino Palmieri Salon & Spa, employs stylists dedicated to staying at the top of their games. The skilled stylists give each client one-on-one attention to ensure every hair service comes as close to the client's vision as possible, which is why it was named by readers of Cleveland Scene as the best hair salon in the city. The stylists add depth to hair with highlights, smooth rebellious strands with GKhair treatments, and apply expert perms to reshape hair's texture until each strand would turn Louis XIV green with baroque envy. That same level of personalized attention carries over into the salon's meticulous nail services, which clients can upgrade with moisturizing white-tea masks or herbal foot peels. Waxing sessions use body-safe Nufree botanical wax to keep skin calm and collected while hair says its goodbyes. Deep-cleansing Darphin facials can be infused with essential oils and plant ingredients such as orange blossom and licorice to relax clients and bring them closer to nature than sharing a hibernation den with their favorite grizzly family.
At the start of each appointment at SonaLia Hair Salon, the staff consults with their clients to understand exactly what they desire. That way, they know how short to cut hair, what color highlights to use, or if they should wax both the eyebrows and horns on faces. The cheery salon—think bright orange walls and starburst mirrors—also makes room for mani-pedi stations and massage tables for an uber-relaxing experience.
Some things remain unchanged during Alfredo’s International Salon’s 30 years of business, such as its location and the staff’s commitment to pleasing clients. But what continues to change is the list of services, which keep up-to-date with Japanese straightening treatments and hair extensions.
When it comes to hair, Cherise Smith has seen it all. Armed with a certification in Cosmetology Management and a slew of Design Essentials products, she goes to work relaxing hair, restoring vitality to overworked and chemically treated hair, or sculpting statement hair-dos designed to grab attention. The crown jewel of the service menu, though, may be hair weaving. Drawing on more than a decade of experience, she seamlessly works strands into the existing hair to create luxurious, flowing tresses.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Hair extension services
Brands Used: Design Essentials
Licensed cosmetologist Lauren Payten works wonders with natural hair at Naturally Me, where she specializes in flat twists, locks, sew-ins, and silk presses. However, she also helps clients treat chemically treated hair. They can come to have strands relaxed and eyebrows waxed or receive single-, double-, or triple-process color.