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.
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.
Owners Ame and Dennis Metcalfe run the Aveda Art and Science Studio at D’Ametri’s, helming a skilled staff—which includes board-certified hair colorists—and is divided into three parts. Specially selected New Talent stylists are in the process of being trained and mentored, and their services are offered at a discounted rate. Those who graduate from this training program become Pure Former designers and hope to become members of the Genius Studio, a group of the most experienced stylists who are able to teach follicles how to speak Latin.
The skincare professionals at Sugar Spot know you love your skin, so they cover it in curative botanical mud. During the Moor mud wrap, they smother the body in 100% organic peet-bog mud to remove toxins, tighten the skin, and treat back acne. The staff uses ingredients such as mineral salt to smooth rough areas and lactic acid to soften fine lines. They correct sun spots with a brightening agent, and at the end of conditioning treatments, they apply masks to restore moisture and protect skin from irritants and wild cream pies. They also slough away dead skin cells with chemical peels, which leave a clean surface for glo minerals makeup.
Salon Hether's team of stylists clips and colors coifs with comprehensive services in its Goldwell Platinum salon, and its wizardry with shades and hues snagged the salon the 2010 Best Color recognition in Denver's A-List. At the shampoo station, lather soaks through clients' head threads as trained fingers lightly massage the scalp. With hair dampened and primed, client and stylist map out a hair plan that complement's the client's face, fashion sense, and spirit animal. A custom cut tames locks to flatter faces with either classic or progressive looks. To regenerate damaged hair and protect color, stylists daub in the Goldwell Inner Effect conditioning system. For those who opt for a partial highlight, Goldwell's colors infuse manes with eye-catching flair.
Nail technician Melane specializes in Shellac manicures and pedicures, which keep nails embossed with a chip-free sheen for up to two weeks and can withstand even the most heated of patty-cake tournaments. Melane also draws on techniques learned at Empire Beauty School to enhance fingers with acrylics and funky nail art and smoothen physiques with body-waxing services.