“I have been going to Elan for almost 20 years. My daughter and I won’t trust anyone else to cut our hair.” This testimonial from one of Elan Hair Salon and Spa’s loyal customers echoes the general trend of most clients’ sentiments about the beautifying emporium, its welcoming ambience, and professional staff. Inside the newly renovated space, clients glide across sleek hardwood floors toward hair stations, eyebrow stations, the nail room, or the facial room. Once settled, they bask in services administered by a staff that undergoes ongoing training in the latest trends, such as pixie haircuts and ombre eyebrow coloring. Clients also have their pick of professional products from brands such as Redken, MoroccanOil, La-Brasiliana, and Sothys of Paris.
The stylists at Studio M Beauty Boutique have two goals: give clients the look they want and ensure they leave with the knowledge and tools to re-create it at home. This dual-mission helps to explain why the team is so methodical during each and every hairstyling session. First, they hold a one-on-one consultation with clients, discussing past experiences and current expectations in detail before executing the first snip. Then, they take care to explain exactly what they're doing and why they're doing it so that clients can pass the written exam that follows each haircut or color treament.
In addition to their hairstyling services, the staff at Studio M Beauty Boutique also pampers hands and feet with spa mani-pedis and can wax away unwanted hair from virtually any area of the body.
Robin’s on Broadway, located in an elegant white Victorian house in Hillsdale, houses a collective of professional hair designers who specialize in creative hairstyling and custom and corrective coloring. The staff retools looks with a laundry list of services, eradicating unwanted bristles with waxing treatments and helping minimize the appearance of thinning hair. Cutting everything but corners, the salon relies on top-of-the-line products from such brands as Bumble and bumble, Aveda, and Biomega.
At Visage Salon & Spa, an Aveda concept salon, stylists accentuate haircuts with glossing and demi colors or Bio Ionic straightening treatments. But hair isn’t all that leaves the salon brightened and shiny—something made clear by the diverse skills amongst the 13-person team. Skin care specialists customize Elemental Nature facials to hydrate and revive complexions, and administer natural alternatives to microdermabrasion and peels using Aveda botanicals that won’t leave behind redness or signs of irritation. On top of that, aromatherapy body polishes and sea salt body wraps render skin soft and radiant, waxing services do away with lingering scruff, and manicures and pedicures pamper fingers tired from constantly typing short stories about protagonists fighting to get their nails done.
Dark wooden floors stretch across Suzanne’s Hair and Colour Room, contrasting against the gold mirror frames, stone accents, and navy blue walls. Within this carefully designed space, stylists carefully design new hairstyles for both men and women. With DevaCurl products in hand, the team shapes manes into flattering styles, adds bounce and volume to flat strands, and enhances color with glosses, highlights, and lowlights. The stylists also lengthen short ‘dos with Great Lengths hair extensions, which are made out of real human hair or the hair of a mannequin that was human in a past life. Guests can also visit the salon’s aestheticians for brow shaping, eyelash tinting, or full makeup application.
Whereas many color products merely lock hair in a coat of shiny chemicals, stylist John Anthony has trained in enough academies to know those chemicals can damage hair over time. That's why he treats his clients with all-organic hair-color products that eschew every trace of ammonia, parabens, and plastics, leaving hair vibrant and free of toxins. With more than 23 years of experience, he leads hand-selected team members who share his philosophy as they administer cuts, Brazilian blowouts, and hair-extension services.