Nails so pretty you can't blame someone for thinking they're not real--that's what Michelle Shoemaker creates at her salon, Nails By Michelle. She glosses them with brilliant color before adorning them with one-of-a-kind designs: glittery dots, sprawling spiderwebs, variegated stripes, or various spins on the french manicure. She specializes in gel manicures, which resist chips from everyday use or from scratching sidewalks. She's adamant about keeping her salon sanitary, so she passes on disposable files and buffers to the client and disinfects all other implements after each appointment.
Aesthetician Julia Hodson knows her away around her clients' skin because of years of training and an intimate understanding of human physiology. In her studio, she performs four distinct facials and one back treatment—which couple with other services, including microdermabrasion and dermaplaning—to leave epidermises glowing. She also helps strip away unwanted hair with waxing services, and fill out areas where hair is desired with eyelash extensions.
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.
Twisted Sisters Salon and Spa’s team of cosmetologists and nail technicians beautifies clients with an array of salon services, including haircare, waxing, and mani-pedis. Facials help renew faces, whereas airbrush tanning adds a head-turning bronze finish to customers who spend too much time working in the office or vacationing in a dark cave.
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.
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.