The technicians at Inspiritu Salon build a community around beauty and preserving the environment as they style their clients? hair, smooth their skin, and relax their muscles with Aveda's nature-based products. They trim women's, men's, and children's shaggy ends as botanical hair and scalp-therapy treatments nourish each strand at its root. The gentle strokes of Swedish massage and the targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage loosen tight muscles, with the option of adding warm stones or Simon Says commands to further relax musculature. To refresh facescapes, the aestheticians moisturize and exfoliate skin during the 30-minute facial, and call on essential oils to reduce the appearance of discoloration and dark spots during the Enbrightenment treatment.
The estheticians-in-training at Gary Manuel Aveda Institute promote inner and outer beauty with an array of skin and hair services in an atmosphere that celebrates the individual creativity of each student. All of the institute's students exclusively use the same products developed by Aveda, a socially conscious company that produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular products deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with ecofriendly packaging cradling ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
The aroma of percolating coffee drifts from the espresso bar past sleepy-eyed Buddha statues as the in-house DJ spins a never-ending sonic web of music. Though these decadent details lend the sprawling, deep-brown surroundings the chic feel of an art gallery or café, it is SEVEN Salon that calls the space home. Focused on bolstering energy and rejuvenation rather than relaxation, a seasoned crew of stylists bustles about the refined salon throughout the day, drawing on styling skills they learned under the tutelage of Graham Breakwell, former stylist to the likes of Paul McCartney and The Who.
Overlooking the Capitol Hill district, Studio 229 resides on an upper floor of the historic Lota building. Therein, a highly creative and attitude-free environment allows the team of aestheticians and stylists to focus on clients’ personal beauty needs. Each staff member has a specialty: Katrina, for example, has a deep understanding of anti-aging treatments, Julia knows how to tame difficult hair types, and DeAnna is an expert colorist and can talk to plants. Alongside a signature spread of on-trend styling services, the staff also offers a menu of hair extensions, waxing services, and body treatments.
Faces and bodies go from fuzzy to bare at the hands of Salon Nola's Melissa and Anya. With more than 15 years of follicle-fighting experience between them, the two are equipped to unveil softer, smoother skin for men and women alike. Best of all, their knowledge of hair removal allows them to keep treatments as painless and quick and possible, ensuring follicles don't have time to cry out and warn their friends.
Sometimes lashing out is a good thing. Just ask Christy Schreck, a certified lash technician with advanced training in various forms of noninvasive eyelash augmentation. Christy's silk lashes range from natural and double-stacked sets to super-long extensions ideal for fashionistas and buildings in need of a new veranda. Clients also may request specialty colored extensions or solicit her facial expertise to set up a personalized skincare regimen.