Stylists at the full-service Wild Orchid Salon sculpt the hair of men, women, and children with paraben-free products, ending each session with a complimentary scalp massage. Kevin Murphy haircare products line the shelves ready for salon use or sale, each infused with essential oils, plant extracts, and natural antioxidants. Lanza deep-conditioning treatments hydrate dry strands, and color and highlights from Wella revive dull hues as patrons lounge in leather-upholstered styling chairs.
In addition to cuts and color, stylists smooth frizz with keratin treatments and add length and volume to manes with Hotheads extensions. Full-length mirrors framed in black wood reflect newly beautified tresses or the approving nods of potted orchids perched atop wooden drawers.
The tragic truth facing metalheads is that they must cut their hair eventually. This prevents the hair from gaining sentience, insisting on playing in your band, and ultimately leaving to start a solo career. Keep your rockstar 'do in check with today’s Groupon: $20 gets you $40 worth of services at Austin's hippest, friendliest little salon, Birds Barbershop. Hairstyles may have indelibly changed with the advent of rock, but that doesn't mean that post-Beatles rockers don't need a place to commiserate, discuss the news of the day, and unwind. Birds Barbershop bridges the generational hair gap, uniting the friendliness of a barbershop, stylists who understand the value of a rock mop, and sweet poster art all under one disco ball.
Bella Salon's masterful stylist DeVille draws upon 20 years of experience to sculpt coiffures while regaling patrons with tales of his tenure as a bodyguard for numerous celebrities. Each appointment begins with a sudsy shampoo that cleans curls before a custom treatment moisturizes parched scalps. A head massage exorcizes tension accumulated while chaperoning lemming field trips and lulls strands into complacency, priming them for snips from masterful shears. The stylist creates subtle layers and trims away split ends, leaving sleek, even lines. After buzzing away lingering neck tufts, DeVille carefully shapes each ’do before ushering clients across the salon's floors, which shimmer beneath colorful chandeliers, into a street filled with admiring gazes.
When the staff at Orbit Salon saw an 80-year-old flophouse, they didn't see the chipped plaster or dingy siding. They saw potential for something new, and that vision gave way to the bright blue and chartreuse salon where they work today. In the same way, they can also see potential in every head of hair—especially when it comes to the more extreme side of hairstyling. For example, they can add a touch of bright purple to hair in peek-a-boo highlights, lengthen 'dos with extensions, and chop hair into edgy, fashion-forward styles that are the envy of all passersby in the surrounding ECCO district. They even have a stylist on staff trained to work with natural hair, who can twist and polish hair into groomed dreads or relax tightly coiled strands into sleek, shiny hairstyles. While the other stylists are with clients, the staff's Guest Care manager fills up coffee cups, creates 3D nail art, and alters clothing. This service helps keep the salon's regulars feeling special and pampered without printing receipts on Thinking of You cards.
Hervé Lapuente was born in Paris, France, but he spent most of his childhood following his stylist parents as they roamed the world crafting coiffures. Taking up the family business, Lapuente trained in France, led seminars in more than 20 countries for hairstyling behemoth Rusk, and opened three salons in Austin. Now settled into the intimate West Austin house where he opened Atelier Hervé, the master stylist crafts 'dos for clients while conversing with them in English, French, or Spanish.
Though Lapuente followed his singular focus around the globe, fellow stylist Delma Mays has taken a circuitous route to hair mastery, studying aerospace engineering and business management before landing in the world of styling. Mixing mathematical prowess with carefully honed artistry, Mays carefully combines products to create memorable hues while leaving locks vibrant and healthy. Warm wooden floors and delicate iron chandeliers lend the Atelier a welcoming air, aided by natural, preservative-free light, demure couches, and local art.
All practitioners who join the Bradz family of salons have to prove themselves, displaying their skills at the New Talent location for several months before claiming a spot at one of the main outposts. At all three locations, the staff treats clients to beautifying hair, skin, and body services infused with plant-based Aveda products. Seasoned aestheticians chat with clients to set a skin-specific course of action for custom facials, and massage therapists extract muscular kinks with both chair and table sessions. Stylists groomed with weekly education augment traditional cut and color services, relaxing patrons with a scalp massage and a complimentary style from blow dryers that whisper inspiring mantras.