Avanté tousles tresses with tools that include Aveda's line of aromatic, plant-sourced products and smoothes skin tones with waxing and tanning services. Enhance come-hither looks and secret-code waggling with deftly shaped brows ($13+), tamed with two kinds of plant-based wax and soothing ingredients. Freshly cut and blow-dried hairdos ($22+ for men; $45+ for women) and fortifying color treatments ($25+) give an instant jolt of good-hair-day karma. Much like the red accent walls that enliven Avanté's pristine white interior, hand-airbrushed spray tans ($25) conjure a healthy glow without the unhealthy effects of UV radiation,
At Ten Over Ten by Kim, owner Kimberly Christen imparts a sense of subtle sophistication to everything she touches, from her designer West Elm manicure table and the modern upholstered pedicure chair gracing her station to her hand-selected Deborah Lippmann products. She enhances her signature manicures with a light hand and arm massage and a light coat of Deborah Lippmann Rich Girl moisturizing cream. She begins her signature pedicures with a consultation before sloughing away dull skin with a foot scrub and finishing off each nailcare session with brushstrokes of Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer, which is free of toluene, formaldehyde, mayonnaise, and other harmful chemicals. Before appointments, clients may recline on a designer white sofa and photosynthesize while soaking in the natural sunlight streaming in through the large windows.
Drawing inspiration from the old-school barbershops of times past, where barbers would take their time with each cut and shave, International Blades and Shears staffs master barbers who perform numerous deluxe grooming treatments for men. Barbers offer both clipper and scissor cuts, each conducted with detail and focus, as well as soothing hot-towel shaves that render skin soft and refreshed. Other services include men's manicures and pedicures, facials, and massages. Ken Moore, the president of International Blades and Shears, is a military veteran who's spent more than 15 years working as a barber.
Nail technician Demi gives her full attention to each client settled in her private, one manicure station suite. Here, she carefully examines digits, determining their level of health, before beautifying them with coats of polish or, for an additional fee, nail art. Demi also fosters healthy nails with no-soak pedicures, which replace traditional foot soaks with sterilized, hot towels that soften the skin with steam.
Studs. Rhinestones. Miniature spikes. When it comes to fashioning unique nail designs, Monica Spencer and the other nail artists at Transformation's Salon will use almost anything. Besides these sorts of 3-D embellishments, the crew can artfully enhance keratin sheets or acrylics with painted stripes, polka dots, and abstract designs, all after pampering hands and feet with mani-pedi enhancements like hydrating masks and hot towels.
Thoughtful touches are laced throughout Therapy Boutique and Nail Salon’s services. Private nail stations are outfitted with ergonomic chairs to ensure bodies are just as relaxed as hands and feet during mani-pedis. Massages accompany certain manicures, and Shellac polish protects nails from chips and scratches for weeks. The nail technicians even offer acrylic nails to cover weak or extra-shy nails.