After renting a chair for seven years, Erika Cook, a stylist with 16 years of experience, was ready to move up. With the support of her family, friends, clients, and fiancé, she opened Tranquility Salon & Spa, where she and her staff perform everything from curls with Surface hair products to manicures with durable Shellac gel polish. Cook is doing everything she can to make the salon a success, especially by making as many services available as possible. Along with waxing and makeup applications, she offers hot-stone, sports, and other massage services, as well as glycolic-acid peels that reduce the worry lines that appear when you agonize too long over whether to buy ketchup or catsup.
The sound of shears snipping away at split ends permeates Simplicity Hair Care, where salon owner Dawn Cyr draws on more than a decade of cosmetology experience to helm a team of professional stylists?all of whom pride themselves on using products that protect hair with limited artificial additives. The eco-friendly and fashion-forward salon?s natural approach manifests in shelves stocked with low-ammonia hair color from Wella and sustainable styling products from Alterna Bamboo, Sebastian, and Wella. When they aren?t taming curls or charming snakes on Gorgons? scalps, the stylists lengthen locks with extensions crafted from all-natural human hair or rein in frizz with texture-altering treatments.
With Marilyn Monroe's timeless likeness keeping a watchful eye on coiffure transformations, Studio180's savvy stylists snip strands and apply careful color in foils or all-over treatments. They can also make curly hair straight—and vice versa—with advanced retexturizing treatments. Fancy updos prepare brides for a big day, and facial waxing keeps complexions fuzz-free longer than shaving or shaking your head like a Wooly Willy.
Studio 180?s walls range in hue from lilac to golden peach, offering a delicious contrast to the hardwood floors and mod leather furniture. Amid these cozy accents, stylist Sara Savanella crafts flattering layers and splashes bland strands with color highlights. Clients may also solicit Sara for a deep-conditioning treatment or request an elegant updo for an upcoming wedding, birthday, or boxing match.
Sacred Rhythms Wellness Center's eight highly trained staffers aim to diffuse ailments with a suite of holistic services, from traditional massage to pain-relieving acupuncture. In private treatment rooms with flickering candles, holistic healers conduct chakra assessments before realigning energy points with reiki or sound therapy. The ancient art of cupping encourages the body to release toxins, and an herbal body wrap cloaks the corpus in an elixir of 27 minerals and herbs that lures impurities and uninvited dinner guests out of the skin. Clients can also indulge in organic facials blended from fruits, vegetables, spices, minerals, and vitamins, and the center's own skincare line, Sacred Skin, is also formulated in-house using naturally sourced, organic ingredients. The center offers yoga, tai chi, and meditation classes.