Sunlight filters in through Scandalous Hair Studio & Spa’s two walls of windows, illuminating the intimate boutique so that it stands out amid the other neighborhood stores. Perched on the corner, the all-purpose salon and spa greets visitors with an exposed brick wall that gives way to a row of styling stations where stylists pace around salon chairs as they plan out customized haircuts and color treatments.
Just a few yards away but a world removed from the lively bustle of the salon floor, aestheticians stationed in private treatment rooms cultivate glowing complexions with Wilma Schumann skincare products. Among the most popular spa services, aromatherapy massages melt away stress, and European facials fight signs of aging, acne, and embarrassing face-plant dives off the Eiffel Tower.
Inspired by childhood playtimes spent giving manicures to her aunts and sisters, cosmetologist Madeleine Rajkovich opened Madeleine Salon & Spa to finally realize her lifelong passion for beauty. Continuing education is the backbone of Rajkovich's business, and she regularly attends conferences to stay up-to-date on new techniques, products, and uses for leftover cucumbers. The multilingual salon offers everything from haircuts and highlights to mani-pedis, microdermabrasions, and cellulite-reducing massages, as well as highly personalized facials that begin with an in-depth skin analysis and end with a moisturizing mask.
Inside the salon, geometric cherry-red chairs create a modern tableau among sleek metal tables and white walls. Green walls, fluted glass-pendant lamps, and landscape paintings evoke a sojourn in the country on the spa side of the business, where body betterments are overseen by framed certifications and vintage portraits of Audrey Hepburn taken before photofacials finally cured her colorless complexion.
Haircutter in the Meadow's team of talented stylists creates lustrous, sleek locks with both Japanese and Brazilian straightening techniques and high-quality salon blowouts. Clients recline in cushioned salon chairs for sudsy shampooing, which rids tresses of dirt, oil, and vestigial gum from the third grade. Warm gusts from overhead blow dryers sop up lingering moisture and shuffle frizzy strands into sleeker repose, crafting glossy, modern styles from short, midlength, and long hair. The intimate salon brims with sconce lighting and exudes modernity with a burgundy accent wall set amid crisp, white tiles.
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The beauty professionals at Perfect Shape Threading Salon clear away unwanted hair and enhance skin with facials and henna design. During threading sessions, a beautician lassos strands of hair with a cotton thread before twisting the root and hogtying the separated strand down. Using the waxing method, the beautician removes body hair by pulling a thin coat of wax off the skin using a cloth strip, which grips hairs and carries them off by the root. Facial services remove dirt and oil from pores and moisturize visages, and henna tattoos decorate bodies with intricate patterns that last for weeks or until you change skins.