There are roughly 100,000 hairs on the average human head and master stylist Annette Joplin is an expert at wrangling them into a single stylish unit. Here, she brings more than 25 years of beauty-industry experience and continuing education to her clients, who can request a sharp, edgy, or vintage look. Skilled in handling all types of hair, she also adds pop or dimension with optional color placement before sculpting hair into new dos. Annette is also an ace with a nail file, and can decorate fingers, toes, and metal hook hands with any of the salon’s many color polishes.
The stylists and spa professionals at Salon Eden can pamper clients from head to toe. Hairstyling services for men and women include everything from cuts and perms to highlights and deep-conditioning treatments. Meanwhile, skin gets special attention during facial treatments that can incorporate hydrating algae masks or therapeutic deep-tissue massages, while specialty skincare treatments such as derma-rolling aim to jump start collagen production and smooth acne scars. And, for extra flourish, the specialists here can administer eyelash perms, extensions, and tints so guests can stop using mascara or clipping hair extensions to their eyelids.
For those seeking to spruce up appearances without surgery, Infinity Med-I-Spa's options are?true to the company's name?virtually infinite. For one, there are its numerous aesthetic lasers, which can remove hair, wrinkles, spider veins, tattoos, and a range of other blemishes quickly and effectively. Facial treatments use Skin Medica products, a skincare line from the makers of Botox and Juvederm, and range from classic microdermabrasion to cutting-edge services such as the VI Peel and the Jet Peel that rid pores of impurities and smooth over signs of aging. Meanwhile medical weight loss services help clients shed inches with meal replacement shakes, medications, and vitamin injections. Beyond enhancing the outside, the med-spa also helps clients feel better on the inside.
Softouch Permanent Makeup's steady-handed professionals subtly and safely enhance clients' natural features using the SofTap Hand Method. Unlike permanent makeup applied with a tattoo gun or water pistol loaded with borscht, the SofTap Hand Method applies pigment using small needles to gently tap color under the skin's surface, usually over the course of two visits to reduce healing time. Improve top lash batting averages with a slight dot of color between every lash ($250), or add permanent top or bottom eyeliner ($250). Fully shade a pout ($550) or fill out sparse or bare brows ($400) with natural-looking strokes that mimic the look of brow hair. Though the procedure may cause some pain, prettifying pros apply a numbing agent before application to reduce discomfort. Results can last from five to ten years, and require minimal touchups or makeout sessions with rainbows to maintain.
People sometimes compare applying permanent makeup to getting a tattoo, but at Softouch of Birmingham, that comparison couldn't be more wrong. Owner Heidi and her certified staff don't even use machines, instead relying on the SofTap hand method. This results in a gentler procedure, faster recovery time, and a softer, more natural effect than can be achieved with machines. Using hypoallergenic pigments, the artists permanently enhance lash lines, eyelids, eyebrows, and lips with designs that are virtually indistinguishable from regular makeup. But what's even more remarkable is that the procedure, like a feather boa with a stethoscope inside, has both cosmetic and medical applications?they have been known to help sufferers of alopecia and vitiligo as well as survivors of cancer.
Studio A owner and 25 year beauty industry veteran Annette Hyche took inspiration for her salon's aesthetic from her communal loves of photography, art, fashion, and design, and created a uniquely visual backdrop for customers looking to discover their own style. An elegant mix of modern colors, gold-framed mirrors, and other vintage-inspired flourishes, Hyche's gunmetal and turquoise hued salon is packed with a team of master aestheticians, hair stylists, and makeup artists ready to help each guest uncover their inner starlet or starfish. Products from Moroccanoil and Clayton Shagal Skincare stand ready at each chic styling station and velvet sofas and leopard-print lobby chairs provide unobscured views of departing bridal parties and other photo-worthy patrons.