Pure Elements pampers hirsute heads and figures with soothing care while dousing spa hogs in Aveda and Schwarzkopf products. A wise salon sleuth uncovers new and interesting skull sculptures during a ladies' (from $47) or men's (from $28) haircut. Don a bouncy new perm (from $95) or touch up whiskery roots (from $70). A full colour (from $80) splendidly allows coifs to reinvent themselves, like mad scientists who were once child stars. Settle into a chic seat and feel an eye and lip treatment ($45) massage away puffiness or minimize fine lines and dark circles, and the eyelash perm ($75) curls lovely flirters for up to four weeks. Try ear candling ($75), a unique approach to cleansing canals of impacted wax, devious debris, and hushed secrets whispered into lobes by aunts many family reunions ago.
The beauty professionals at Rain Salon upgrade the health and look of skin, hair, and nails. Stylists transform drab hairdos with a pair of shears and then enrich color or modify texture with special formulas that straighten tresses or turn them into slick, wavy lasagna noodles. Aestheticians concentrate on the skin that spans ear to ear, buffing away fine lines during microdermabrasion treatments and replenishing vitamins and moisture during facials. Tending to hands and feet, nail technicians shine up nails with chip-resistant and traditional polishes.
The sizeable but close-knit staff of Artistik Edge Salon has served clients since 1999. With professional products by brands such as Redken and Wella, colorists render complete color treatments, highlights, lowlights, and gray coverage for men, women, and stressed-out toddlers. The hairstylists can also insert hair extensions, adding luxurious length to strands. Artistik Edge Salon also provides nail services, including long-lasting gel-polish applications, and aesthetic services such as facials and waxing.
Inside New Visions Salon, Heather dispenses haircare recommendations while chatting openly with clients as she performs trims, blowouts, and color treatments.
Keeping the lines of communication open is important to Heather, who feels it's the best way to keep clients happy. She further cultivates a dialogue by encouraging clients to bring in pieces of inspiration such as photos of well-known celebrities or well-sculpted topiaries.
Nail tech Michelle Long makes sure her clients unwind during her spa pedicures as their feet enjoy an exfoliating scrub, mask, and a massage that radiates relaxation through the entire body. Clients in her kid-friendly salon can upgrade their nail service with long-lasting shellac polish, elegant French polish, and a paraffin dip that softens skin and makes handshakes with the Gerald Ford figure at the wax museum less awkward. Long also moves her focus upward for facial waxing, leaving lip, chin, and browlines clean and smooth.
At 50th Avenue Salon, clients needn't twiddle their thumbs as they wait for color treatments to sink into their hair. Instead, they can recline in a massage chair for a soothing upper-body treatment, which is charged by the minute. The salon staff members encourage the mixing and matching of their respective services, enabling clients to depart the space fully confident and refreshed. Clients can pair cuts with temporary hair or feather extensions that add vibrant streaks without dye. Several of the stylists specialize in crafting boldly tinted dos; they don't shy from bright blonds, reds, and even purples. Nail technicians pamper hands and feet with mani-pedis, and private massages take place on a table or a thai mat, where the therapist guides physiques through soothing stretches.
Regardless of the reason for their appointment, clients remain surrounded by sunny, pastel yellow walls. Works by local artists decorate the space on a rotating basis, allowing new painters to showcase their talent and removing old pictures before they grow stale when chewed. Handcrafted bags and jewelry also hang in the boutique area, flanking shelves of Paul Mitchell, TIGI, and Aquage products available for purchase.