Most artists use a brush and paint. Michelle Como uses foils, shampoo, and dye. Sure, she's technically a stylist, but she treats each service as an artform. Michelle owns Pure Color Bar Salon, where she spends her days sculpting and coloring hair. In addition to color treatments and highlights, she specializes in keratin smoothing treatments to get rid of curls, frizz, and misplaced crazy straws. Her coworkers produce stunningly complex nail art, with stripes and swirls peppered with little gems fastened in place with adhesive.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: hair color
Brands Used: wella, keratin complex
Crush Salon and Spa's diverse services run the gamut from beauty to relaxation, including hot-stone massages, keratin straightening treatments, and a full-fledged spray-tan business. The staff cuts hair for women, men, and children, applies professional makeup, and rejuvenates complexions with deep-cleansing facials. In addition to these conventional salon services, Spray U Tan—located inside Crush—focuses exclusively on airbrush tanning, bronzing clients' bodies from head to toe, conjuring golden skin tones the way alchemists conjure excuses for why they seem to never actually turn anything into gold.
The 16 professionals at Hair Design stay abreast of beauty trends and regularly attend classes in order to offer clients up-to-date hair services, waxing treatments, and nailcare. Using products from popular brands including Biolage and Kenra, the salon has been transforming looks for men, women, and children for more than a quarter century.
Melissa Davis is a stylist and master colorist working out of Salon Lofts. She encourages communication with her clients, which allows them to work together to fashion a hairdo that meets their image goals. Aside from cuts and color treatments, Davis offers Pureology deep-conditioning masks, glue-in hair extensions, and facial waxing.
For more than 20 years, John and Stacy DiJulius have been improving their John Robert's Spa brand and opening up locations throughout the Cleveland area, most recently with their newest outpost in Strongsville. And it's no wonder their brand is so popular?even when you're not in the spa it feels like you're getting a spa treatment.
Haircuts include a scalp, hand, and arm massage, a mini facial treatment, and a mini makeup touchup; pedicures can incorporate an exfoliating sugar scrub and hot-towel wrap. And when you retire to the actual spa, you can choose from services that range from Aveda's signature Caribbean-therapy body treatment to microdermabrasion to spray tanning.
Those who frequent John Robert's can enroll in a VIP rewards program and feel great about the salon giving back to charities including Rainbow Babies and Flashes of Hope.
Though their talents are as diverse as their tools—which include products from Bumble and bumble, Wella, OPI, and Dermalogica—the stylists and beauty experts at SalonBlu share a single mission: to enhance their clients’ natural beauty. The expert stylists customize cuts for heads all shapes and sizes and add luster to hair with infusions of proteins culled from plants and sustainably harvested granola bars. On the other side of the salon, skincare specialists beautify visages with facial treatments that range from peels to microdermabrasions and nail technicians brush on chip-resistant shellac polish and apply artificial nails. The full-service salon also hosts a team of massage therapists, that shoos away stress with five different modalities, including an express scalp massage and a more intensive chakra-balancing treatment.
SalonBlu permeates its studio space with royal-blue styling chairs, punctuated with blond woods, black-and-white photography, and a sleek, chrome coffee machine that keeps guests from falling asleep by telling riveting stories about its time as the personal coffeemaker to Gerald Ford.