Kate Allen considers herself a bit of a magician—she transforms drab hairstyles into chic coiffures with a flick of a blow dryer and backcombing. But these skills didn’t magically appear overnight. They’re the result of five years of field experience, in which she wore the hats of stylist, independent consultant, and manager. Today, she uses her accumulated knowledge to not only style hair, but also to bestow clients with a wealth of insider secrets.
Studio 54th’s licensed cosmetologists strip away unruly hairs using comfortable, low-temperature Lycon wax. Combining natural ingredients and aromatherapy oils, Lycon waxes zealously purge follicles as short as one millimeter in length, foiling the follicles’ plans to stunt their growth with coffee. Razors are forced into early retirement after upper ($35) and lower leg ($25) waxes, and smooth and shaped eyebrows ($15) and lips ($10) inspire tweezers to quit their day jobs and explore careers as contemporary castanets. Perfect for summer, bikini waxes ($30) ensure a beach-ready skinscape, and soothing after-treatment lotions keep newly shorn seams smooth and free of red bumps.
Purelux Hair Salon owner and stylist Brittany Amos has been cutting and coloring hair since the tender age of 12, but it wasn't until she was 19 that her career really took off. She landed a job at a prominent salon in Cherry Creek, where seasoned hairdressers taught her how to craft stunning cuts and impart brilliant color through their mentorship and hands-on training. The training was so effective that she almost became an instructor herself, but decided her learned hands were best suited to transforming appearances than typing lesson plans. Today, she calls on those skills to helm her own salon.
She calls on Wella and Goldwell Elumen products to alter the hue of hair, and the service menu catalogs waxing, makeup, and nailcare services in addition to haircare. The salon itself brims with feminine flourishes—a black-and-white image of Audrey Hepburn alludes to the idea of classic beauty, and a miniature chandelier hung from the ceiling alludes to the idea of elf prom.
When it came time to decorate her salon, master colorist Ginny Thompson decided on a rockabilly theme: she painted sections of the wall to resemble exposed bricks and dotted other areas with records. This same creativity can be seen in Thompson’s cut and color treatments, in which she draws on 15 years of experience and a cache of products from Pravana—a haircare line that steers clear of hazardous ingredients and animal testing.