Although she holds 25 years of industry experience, Barbara Gray remains up to date on the latest nail trends. In addition to her standard nail services, Barbara can extend the life of mani-pedis with optional add-ons, such as coating nails with CND Shellac—a UV-cured formula that remains chip-free for up to two weeks. And in addition to pampering feet with pedicures, Barbara sells custom-fitted toe rings in sizes 1–18.
For the staff at Nu Creationz, hair is somewhat of an artistic medium. They can press, sculpt, tease, curl, and extend tresses with natural-looking braids, locs, and weaves. The laid-back barbershop specializes in men's dos, and can shave designs that include stars, lines, and The Constitution. Nu Creationz even offers services for children and sheepdogs searching for a fresh new look.
Style constructers at T. Fox Salon specialize in custom coloring and cuts crafted to the exact specifications of each client's vision. Both men's and women's haircuts begin with a shampoo to free strands of dirt and oil and wash away the mischievous scalp-dwelling civilizations responsible for the common bedhead. Scissor-wielders then get to work crafting peerless coiffures to complement faces and personalities. Women's cuts culminate with a Redken shine treatment, which results in a degree of gleaming brilliance usually reserved for the inhabitants of the U.S. Mint's storied gold caves. Those who opt for highlights get up to 14 thought-illuminating foils, strategically placed throughout the head to produce sun-smooched natural-looking results.
For more than 25 years, the stylists at J. Scott Salon have enlivened hair with everything from braids and extensions to wavy perms. Their updos have lent an elegant shape to the locks of prom attendees, and their coloring and highlighting treatments have brightened and darkened hair with new hues. Along with cuts that trim and shorten dos, the stylists can perform waxing treatments that remove unwanted locks all together.
Jim Ostrosky, erstwhile fashion consultant for the local Fox affiliate and fashion writer for the Birmingham News, now brings his eye for texture and color to bear on the manes of clients at his intimate home salon. More than three decades in the industry inform his oversight of a team of stylists who wield organic products from Aveda instead of threatening hair into obedience with vats of liquid nitrogen. As they craft new 'dos, the stylists employ advanced techniques such as halo brick and paneling to create highlights or keratin smoothing treatments to banish frizz. In addition to snipping locks into classic coiffures, the professionals delve into new styles and trends, such as fusion and micro link hair extensions.