Within the confines of their comfortable lounge environment, Salon Colour Bar's experienced stylists provide clients with ample and affordable custom-blended hair coloring options. For guests who like tweak their manes on the regular, the salon's Colour Membership grants members perks such as one monthly color treatment, VIP goodies, and loyalty points for every dollar spent. In addition to services such as color-to-go, nails, and waxing services, Salon Colour Bar strongly encourages groups of friends to come together to experience the joys of their weekly movie nights.
Though many salons tout themselves as eco-friendly, Keep Austin Gorgeous, a certified-organic boutique, backs that claim up with a fleet of organic products and a marked absence of parabens, formaldehyde, and ingredients tested on animals. At the center of this whirlwind of natural beauty stands founder Brizy Tait, who wields the earth-embracing products as she readies local celebrities, such as reggaeton singers Angel y Khriz, for gigs and television appearances.
Tait’s staff shares in the dedication to healthy beauty products. The mane masters and aestheticians use items from 100% Pure Cosmetics, Kevin Murphy, and Xtreme Lashes during appointments and dole out advice in their Green Girl Guide on swapping out chemical-laden makeup for nourishing cosmetics.
Though she's been styling hair for 28 years, the last five marked a significant turning point in Kim Whitted's career. Five years ago, the Meche Organic Salon owner made the switch to organic products and carved out a niche for herself as a purveyor of hairdos that are as healthy as they are chic. Working out of her private suite at Grapevine Salons, Kim cuts, colors, and conditions hair using products that are 100% ammonia-free and never tested on animals, stuffed or otherwise. Her salon is also a registered distributer of Arbonne skincare products, which are vegan-certified and formulated without parabens.
As a child, Kathleen Abernathy watched in admiration as her grandmother skillfully styled her clients' hair and applied artful swoops of color on their eyelids and cheeks. Abernathy remembers, "She was a beautiful and sweet woman and I aspired to be like her." So Abernathy did just that—she followed her grandmother's footsteps into the world of haircare.
Today, Abernathy backs each service with more than 25 years of salon experience, including training in cutting and coloring techniques from such brands as Redken, Matrix, Chi, and Goldwell. Specializing in color and color correction, her ongoing approach is to make her clients feel "comfortable in their own hair." She carefully listens to each individual to determine a look that fits best with their lifestyles, personalities, and height of their evil stepmothers' tower windows. Abernathy participates in ongoing training to keep her skills sharp and her shelves stocked with up-to-date products, including ammonia-free Redken Chromatics four-dimensional color and Mizani relaxers.
Occupying one of three private rooms in a Merle Norman store, Abernathy gives each client personalized attention, along with sips of coffee or hot tea. In addition to hairstyling, she provides professional makeup services for weddings, proms, and disguising embarrassing tattoos before family reunions; she uses the Merle Norman line of cosmetics.
While soaking up Southern California sun in San Diego, Natalie Hopkins Soble realized her calling—hair and makeup. After returning home to Austin, she got started right away making her dream a reality. Soon, she was licensed and she got straight to work, clipping and styling tresses to suit each client's best features. Specialties of hers include cutting curly hair, precision cutting, and coloring.
Jamila Ali, a licensed cosmetologist and hairstylist, nourishes hair and massages scalps with her own blends of essential oils and herbs. Herbal masks sooth and condition tresses, and hair-loss treatments promote hair and scalp health. Jamila specializes in achieving vivid color with natural herbal henna dyes. She operates out of Jamila Salon Suites & Spa, an elegant spa facility where independent beauty professionals perform their services.