Black accents stylishly pop against the purple walls of Jules Salon, surrounding clients in chic elegance synonymous with the styling crew’s hair-snipping abilities. With 16 years of experience of her own, the eponymous stylist proudly works alongside her handpicked staff—Gina, Julia (“JJ”), and Lindsay—updating coifs with precision cuts, expert color treatments, and a few other tricks hidden up their sleeves. Masterfully executed products by Alfaparf Milano take standard color treatments, such as full or partial highlights and full-blown color swaps, to a whole new level, and potent Blue Rain conditioning serums repair broken and damaged strands better than wallowing in a pint of ice cream and listening to “All by Myself” on loop. The team retexturizes curly-cued mop tops with La Brasiliana keratin treatments and adds hair-flip worthy length with professional extensions.
Kenneth Paul Salon's staff of savvy stylists pampers clients with a bevy of beautifying hair services. Women can tend to unruly head tresses with a cut and style, good for achieving a perfectly buoyant bob or luxurious long layers ($35). Gentlemen can relinquish wild man manes to a scissor-wielding follicle sculptor for a haircut, surrounding rugged mugs with firm strand frames ($17). A root coloring tints threads well below coiffure canopies ($65), and partial-foil highlights decorate head fur with dynamic shocks of color ($75). More than cuts and coloring, Kenneth Paul specializes in keratin treatments (starting at $300) and waxes brows, lips, and chins ($10 each). Customers must call ahead to schedule appointments.
The licensed massage therapists and aestheticians at Sammi Gene Salon and Spa delight patrons with relaxing massages and purifying body wraps. During the 60-minute European body massage, a muscle kneader coaxes tension from backs with dedicated strokes, gentle pressure, and promises of trips to the zoo. Clients who opt for the seaweed wrap can choose between two marine-grass modalities. The re-mineralizing seaweed wrap increases skin's capacity for moisture, imbuing it with a refreshed glow and raising the ire of jealous camels, and the detoxifying seaweed wrap first hydrates skin and then siphons away the absorbed fluid, leaving bodies svelte and clean.
After a disappointing trip to a spa with her kids, Sundae Spa's founder didn't despair. Instead, she was struck by inspiration. After years of teaching science, she knew how well kids engaged with interactive activities, learning more when having fun. She decided to start her own kid-friendly spa, building her business around the idea of the classroom experiment. Not only can kids come to Sundae Spa for a haircut or manicure, they can also mix their very own lotions and soaps that will keep them cleaner than a playground-administered cootie shot, learning about the science of hygiene as they do. The product range supports the ability to make vegan, organic, and paraben-free products, so every child can participate.
The spa itself looks like a candy shop of yore; everything is the color of bubblegum or frosting, right down to the floor tiles and manicure chairs. Many of the products sport a dessert scent, such as chocolate cake or cookies, and kids receive complimentary ice cream with each service.
As a reward for selling the most Kérastase products while working at Gioia Salon in Texas, Alda Membrino won a trip to Italy. She didn't use it as a vacation from her career, however—nearly every moment was spent studying the hair coloring and cutting techniques of the country's masterful stylists. She flaunts this dedication to her craft at Windsor Salon and Spa, where she rejuvenates hair with Neuma organic shampoo, paraben- and DEA-free AG hair products, and hair color made with a yogurt base and natural ingredients.
For the rest of the body, Alda removes unwanted hair with either standard wax or a sugar formula composed entirely of natural ingredients and Santa's unused candy canes. The expert rounds out her service menu with spa staples such as manicures and pedicures, hot-stone massages, and facials that exfoliate with seaweed or glycolic acids.