Kara Christian Styling Studio isn't the biggest salon. It isn't located in the city, and it isn't staffed by dozens of employees. But that's perfectly okay with the close-knit team at this Bumble and bumble salon. Tucked away in the heart of downtown Woodstock, the studio is staffed by an experienced team made up of three master cosmetologists and two receptionists. The team members relish the small size, which allows them to provide personalized attention, keep the atmosphere relaxed, and ensure no tyrannosaurus rexes can squeeze inside and cause distractions. They use only the highest-quality products while they work with their clients during haircuts, coloring, and straightening services.
When Josie founded Gossip Salon and sought to hire fellow stylists, she prized one characteristic above all else: experience. These artists—many with more than 20 years in the business behind them—consider their clients' wishes and facial features before sculpting expert haircuts and applying color in both subtle and funky designs.
Beneath the sheer white fabrics draping the ceiling at Luxury Nails and Spa, technicians pamper bodies with nail services, facials, massages, and waxing. While reclining in a row of plush, multicolored chairs, clients treat feet with sugar scrubs and marine masks until they are as soft and smooth as a puppy quoting the Fonz. Private treatment rooms house a licensed massage therapist who kneads muscles with Swedish techniques and hot stones and aestheticians who cleanse pores with Dermalogica facial products.
Serenity Med Spa's technicians execute a comprehensive menu of skincare services, outfitting their center with the latest technology and a selection of medical-grade products by Obagi and Neocutis. Beyond the waiting area's chocolate-brown leather couch and jade-hued tiles, the staff smoothes away blemishes with IPL photofacials, fractional-laser-resurfacing treatments, and microdermabrasions. Additionally, they oversee the facility's collection of tanning beds and UV-free airbrush stations, which leave clients' skin with a natural-looking bronze that, much like the lifespan of a red-giant star, may last as long as 10 days.
Gayla Smith’s resume spans twenty years and myriad advanced classes in design, cutting, and coloring—but don’t expect her to tell you that. Once you’re in her chair, she’ll be more interested in hearing about you: your style goals, your lifestyle, and your overall preferred look. That way, she can use her skills to create a look that embellishes your features and persona. For a taste of everything that Gayla has on offer, settle in for a pamper package; the summer package includes a cut, all-over color, Framesi conditioning treatment, scalp massage, and dinner.
Keeping apace with modern trends is important to the staff at Spalon & Tan, which explains why each member continually attends classes and training. Through these sessions, stylists learn to smooth frizz with keratin treatments and add length with sew-in extensions. During nail treatments, technicians put a surprising twist on french manicures by bedecking tips with vivid hues and glittery designs. As for body treatments, they stick with the classics: relaxing massages to be enjoyed solo, with a significant other, or with a favorite crossing guard.
Golden Caribbean Tan delivers natural bronze finishes in 15 minutes or less. The salon’s efficient tanning beds and booths range from the high-pressure Ergoline Classic 600 to the Sunliner 7000—a standup system that gives users healthy glows and the chance to cross-train for their next trips to the DMV—to the Norvell spray-tan booth, which mimics the results of handheld spray sessions while providing the comfort of a private, automated booth. The tanning salon also offers cosmetic services, including infrared Fit body wraps and red-light therapy sessions, both of which help to minimize the appearance of fine lines and cellulite.