Whenever her kids' bangs began to fall into their eyes, Paula Thurman couldn't help but feel a twinge of anxiety. She knew a trip to the hairdresser was in store, which meant an hour of squirming, whining, and complaining about itchy bits of fallen hair. But it was on one such trip that inspiration struck. As Paula told reporters from the Kansas City Business Journal, ?as soon as I walked [into the salon], a fire went off in me, and I knew it. I saw it and thought, ?I can do this.?? Although she had no experience running a salon or business, Paula had plenty experience keeping kids happy. She decided to combine that with keen motherly intuition and lessons learned from a few business classes to design a special salon for energetic youngsters?Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids was born.
Today, Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids has sprouted locations across Kansas, Missouri, and into New Mexico. Amid the salons' mad splashes of color, cheerful stylists snip up new styles and arrange locks into playful pigtails and beehives that are perfectly sized to hide uneaten vegetables. While they work, their young clients sit in chairs shaped like race cars, watching movies or playing video games. As kids are getting cuts, moms can shop for a toy, bow, or bottle of root-beer-scented shampoo for their wee ones in the onsite boutique.
first opened its doors in 2006 to provide downtown Albuquerquens with a refuge from the busy city streets, a place to relax and pursue beauty. The stylists use Bumble and bumble products as the main ingredient in that pursuit, washing, conditioning, and styling hair with them. Other team members focus on sculpting and polishing nails, while aestheticians smooth and sooth skin with facials. They enhance the results of their treatments with professional make-up application. Though they treat their salon as an escape from the world outside, they know that sometimes clients can't afford to take a break from work. They offer all of their guests complementary access to their Wi-Fi network, so they can continue to work or troll fellow commenters while getting a pedicure.
At the three locations of Sun Care Spray Tan & Skin Care Salon, customers use sunless spray booths, light therapy, and tanning beds to help get toned and bronzed. Beds of varying strengths and Mystic Tan booths allow customers to add color to their skin without napping on freshly painted benches in the park, and beds filled with pink-glowing bulbs help to tone skin. The salon's red-light therapy aims to painlessly promote circulation, fortify cellular walls in order to increase firmness, and banish eczema, stretch marks, and acne, while the hydration steam pod helps cleanse the skin and promote moisture retention.
The unisex Dollface Salon has built a beauty all-star squad, joining everyone from hairstylists and eyelash-extension specialists to makeup masters, licensed aestheticians, and nail techs. Always ready to offer something a little different, stylists shave intricate designs and maps that lead to chests full of treasure maps into patrons' ’dos, and apply rainbow mink lashes to create a set of kaleidoscopic pupil guards. The salon's staff also treats blemishes and age spots at the cellular level using PCA Skin products, which they pick out based on a one-on-one consultation that identifies each client's skin type and most pressing conditions.
Owners Kerry Dixon and Molly Erickson met over a salon receptionists’ desk. Molly was working her way through school behind the desk, and Kerry was painting nails in front of it. They dreamed of creating their own salon, and eight years later opened Brilliant Hair Studio, a Redken-concept salon. At the studio, Kerry and Molly manage a team of stylists and nail technicians who attend frequent Redken symposiums to keep their techniques and secret stylist handshakes current. Funky red swivel chairs and a striped orange wall abut shelves of the salon’s signature products, as well as a jewelry boutique with unconventional and refined necklaces.
Whether they are styling hair or rejuvenating skin with body treatments, the stylists of ABQ Aveda Hair Studio favor naturally derived products from Aveda. The highly trained hairdressers bustle about their bright salon, taming frizz with Aveda botanical hair treatments and reducing blemishes through Aveda discoloration facials. The specialists strip away unwanted facial, body, and fingernail hair with wax, and they pamper hands and feet with luxurious spa manicures and pedicures.