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Ania Hair Studio & Spa's stylists fear no wave, corkscrew, or kink that comes their way. With their certification from Ouidad, a line of curl-centric products, and their trademarked curly-hair salon techniques, the only curl they don't tackle professionally comes with a roast-beef sandwich at Arby's. Their team is comprised of stylists of every skill level, from beginner to master artist, but they all work closely with their clients to find the cut or color that suits them best. In the spa department, aestheticians pamper skin with facials and waxing services, as well as eyelash extensions and mani-pedis. Massage therapists, alternatively, soothe muscles with various bodywork modalities, reiki, and herbal steam. The studio itself features a modern, urban aesthetic, with a corrugated-metal ceiling hovering over painted exposed vents and track lighting. Yet wood accents, granite floor tiles, winsome yellow orb lighting, and a smattering of plants lend the space an eclectic, decorative vibe. You'll also discover wicker chairs padded with brown leather cushions—even individual items cull their aesthetic influences from disparate yet complementary sources, like a basketball arena outfitted with a slip 'n' slide for players to cool off after each dunk.

1704 Western Ave
Albany,
NY
US

At Wicked Tan, the way to appear as though you've spent a day fetching frisbees at the beach is simply to be still: lie down in a bed, stand in a booth, or pose before a spray of mist. A total of four UV tanning beds and two booths beckon guests to enter and relax as their skin takes on a look as natural as a finishing-school student on a tuxedo assembly line. Wicked Tan also presents customized airbrush tanning, administered by trained technicians who coat every arm, leg, and face with UV-free tanning solutions. To complement tanned skin, two hairstylists cut, style, and color hair with Paul Mitchell haircare products.

446 Hoosick St
Troy,
NY
US

Kelly Rae leads the trio of staff members at her namesake salon, inspiring the whole crew with her advanced Paul Mitchell color training and cutting skills. Accompanied by fellow stylist Lesley Darling, both transform their clients' coifs with highlights, keratin smoothing treatments, and formal hairstyles. Nail tech Tina Mone, who's been beautifying hands for more than 10 years, applies chip-resistant Shellac and Gelish polishes as well as soothes palms with aromatherapy massages that relieve tension after high-fiving competitions. The salon also sells hand-painted wine and martini glasses, helping clients to continue to treat themselves once at home.

116 Railroad St
Mechanicville,
NY
US

Danielle Klahr and her staff of licensed cosmetologists improve clients’ confidence not only with haircare services and nail artistry but also with beauty education and personal coaching. The beauty specialists teach such tricks as how to maintain a new hairstyle or recreate a dramatic or subtle makeup look at home. They also offer educational workshops, such as Makeup Tips for Teens and Flat-Ironing Your Horse’s Mane. During personal coaching, life coach Danielle helps women achieve their goals for both beauty and otherwise.

1090B Loudon Road
Cohoes,
NY
US

Brick walls and mirrors bordered with golden frames help create a warm, inviting atmosphere at Ecco Salon, where a team of stylist use their Goldewell- and Unite-approved skills to craft classic and edgy looks. The staff believes that if a hairstyle is to be truly great, it must be easily recreated at home, typically with high-end products sold in the salon as opposed to a series of wigs with the exact same cut. For those more interested in removing hair than styling it, Ecco also offers hair-removal services for areas such as the lip, bikini area, and back. Polishing off new looks, techs buff and trim nails during manicures and pedicures for men or women, ensuring clients look their best from the tips of their toes to the tops of their heads.

133 Wall St
Schenectady,
NY
US

Sitting in a red chair in front of a futuristic, diamond-shaped mirror at Blown Away, you might feel as though you're piloting a spaceship. The reality is far less stressful—a stylist is probably trimming your hair or combing it through with products from brands such as Sebastian and Alterna.

Despite the salon's name, the team specializes in far more than blowouts. They also apply highlights, curl hair with perms, and take down frizz with thermal straightening. There are even waxing services for the face and body, as well as mani-pedis with skin-softening paraffin wax.

1716 Union St
Schenectady,
NY
US