Warm yellow lights linger over the salon floor like pads of butter, casting their glow on mint-green and dark-red walls. Amid these snazzy accents, skilled stylists craft equally snazzy styles and bold highlights with Raw Hair by LG. Thirteen-year veteran Lakeisha Gibson leads the team, which includes stylists as well as a cosmetologist and a master nail technician. They can render all-over color applications or refresh tresses via the soothing hydration of a deep-conditioning treatment. They also perform salon relaxers and massage therapy.
The salon floor itself is a sandy marble pattern, and elegant green plants pop against the earth tones of the rest of the salon. There are even homey flourishes such as a rustic trunk, which is either a treasure chest or brimming with pairs of scissors.
Potted trees and paintings of scenic getaways welcome visitors into Sundeck Tanning Salon, a beach-themed bronzing studio that is owned and operated by a team of female tanning experts. Posters of bikini-clad beauties provide inspiration to bodies waiting to use the salon's spray-tanning booths and beds, with underlying captions that display tips for maximizing their new glow's lifespan, such as moisturizing it regularly and packing it in ice each night. Tanning products available for purchase lend vibrant pops of color to the shop's clean, white shelves, and include offerings from popular brands such as Swedish Beauty and Australian Gold.
The 60-minute SkinMedica Renewal facial is a completely custom treatment that begins with a consultation, ensuring that your aesthetician has a thorough understanding of your skin's quirks and qualms. Once your dermis has been discussed in such great detail that it starts to blush, the hands-on coddling will commence with a skillful triple punch of steaming, cleansing, and extractions (if needed). All lifeless debris lurking deep within pores will be jettisoned like so much future flotsam into the obsessive, junk-collecting abyss of outer space. Gentle exfoliation follows to slough away any remaining dead skin cells from the surface of your frontispiece. Before your made-over mug's big reveal, it will have some time to prepare a speech under the lavishly slathered soothing mask, or during the relaxing nightcap of a face, hand, and arm massage.
Signature Service: All-Over Highlights
Brands Used: Paul Mitchell
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Libby Mastbaum, stylist at Salon Ventures, specializes in making men, women, and kids look their best. For the men and children, she snips out dapper or mussed styles. When it comes to women, she pulls out all the styling stops with a slew of services, including giving hair a sleek shine with a flat-iron style session. For longer-lasting make-overs, she performs color services, particularly all-over highlights, which give hair more depth and dimension than a Stargate at the deep end of the public swimming pool.
Salon Ventures lacks one component found at nearly every other company in the world: employees. The salon’s stylists and aestheticians all work as their own bosses, deciding for themselves which services to offer and which times to book appointments. This freedom can lead to some colorful results, as the staff can decorate their private rooms in whichever way they see fit. However these rooms end up looking, they all function as sanctuaries where clients can communicate their wishes during haircuts, highlighting treatments, and manicures. The salon houses more than 20 professionals— including a stylist that trained and worked in London at the Toni & Guy Institute—, and there’s enough space inside to host large bridal parties or slip ‘n’ slide contests with shaving cream.
Beautifying people is in Gisel Campbell's blood. The aesthetician is the daughter of a hairstylist and the niece of a nail technician, but she didn?t grow up wanting to pursue cosmetology and skincare. It wasn?t until she reached her 20s and began experimenting with her own makeup regimen that she came to love sharing her skills with other people. In addition to an aesthetician?s license, Gisel's extensive training includes certification in microdermabrasion, applying chemical peels, and facial waxing, which she performs at her space inside Salon Ventures and during gorilla wax-a-thons for charity.