Sunlight floods through the large windows at the front of Kathleen's Hair Boutique, illuminating stylists cutting hair into flattering shapes and makeup artists sweeping Bare Escentuals mineral makeup onto faces. The beauty experts also create permanent waves, add sleek extensions, and wax off unwanted facial hair. They keep up with such industry techniques by regularly attending classes and hair shows.
Though it’s been open for only a few years, Cristina's Hair Salon amasses more than three decades of experience inside its welcoming confines, thanks to its veteran stylists. Once they’re in styling chairs, clients offer up their strands to the team’s expert straightening treatments, highlights, all-over color, and updos, and they emerge with magazine-worthy looks without actually taping pictures of hair models to their heads. The stylists also specialize in artistically placing small bursts of color in hair, as well as cutting children’s hair.
Redken-certified colorist and salon owner Dawn Palmieri leads the way at Blonde D’s Hair Shop. She and her fellow stylists create their clients’ dream looks with the help of products from Redken, Pureology, and Moroccanoil. Along with haircare services, they’ll prep ladies for a fun night out or an exceptionally pretty night on the couch with blowouts, makeup applications, and eyelash extensions.
Spa85 drenches clients with waves of Aphroditian loveliness by offering a full lineup of hair, nail, waxing, and makeup services. In an atmosphere underscored by the ceiling’s bright brown parallel universe, settle into a black-leathered styling chair for a haircut ($50) and a half-hour blow-out ($30), or opt for a partial highlight ($82) to blend in at pom-pom parties. Clients who suffer from harried hair can wax it away from their underarms ($15), brows ($12), or nether region ($65 for a Brazilian). To equip opposable knuckle sticks with shiny new helmets worthy of a hand model, put them where a member of the skilled staff can give them a manicure, which includes a warm soak, a hand massage, nail grooming, and polish ($20).
The stylists at Panache Hair Salon can prep and primp hair for any occasion—whether it calls for a formal updo, striking red highlights, or long, loose curls. They also beautify locks with haircuts, single-process color, and blowouts.
Like the offspring of a flamingo and a zebra, Glitz & Glamor is black, white, and pink all over. Its vibrant shades surround tweens during two-hour parties. At the behest of tiara-crowned birthday girls, five guests gather inside a VIP party suite. They don pink bathrobes before noshing on pizza and singing karaoke alongside a big-screen TV. When stylists aren't hosting celebrations, they operate the establishment as a traditional salon and spa. During spa mani-pedis and chocolate deluxe facials, they also give mothers and daughters a chance to bond as well as two people hugging in a pool of super glue.