Hairbenders of Joplin does as much good for people’s spirits as it does for their appearances. After the tornado that devastated parts of Joplin in 2011, the Hairbenders team joined forces with other Matrix professional haircare stylists and hosted a cut-a-thon for the victims. The event served as a pick-me-up to the community, making locals feel cared for and resilient.
On a normal day, the staff pampers clients with far more than just haircare—although those seeking TLC for their tresses have numerous cutting, coloring, and texturing services to choose from. Nail treatments incorporate high-end products such as OPI Axxium, and massage therapy and facials round out the service menu.
SassaFrass Salon and Boutique’s stylists and aestheticians skillfully snip locks in a friendly salon that boasts bubblegum-pink and magenta striped walls. Stylists’ hands deftly give dimension to tresses with highlights, add luxurious length with hair extensions, and wax away unwanted moustaches. For those looking to retouch skin rather than hair, the salon’s SunStar tanning beds and organic airbrush tanning give bodies a coppery glow, helping clients look at home at the beach even before they’ve moved into their new three-bedroom sandcastle.
The versatile staff members at Gossip in the City strive to help their community look and feel better with a range of services that extend beyond the standard salon. They pretty up guests' exteriors with waxing, nail, and hair services, keeping up with the latest industry trends to ensure that their cutting and coloring techniques are up to date. Their relaxing services don't stop at the surface, however—on-staff massage therapists help to heal guests from the inside out with reflexology and massage therapy.
After brightening reflections with facials, spray tans, and makeup services, guests can step in front of the camera as photographers from their professional photo studio snap eye-catching portraits and create custom holiday cards.
Part salon, part spa, and part photography studio, Gossip in the City is manned by three teams of specialists adept in their fields. As a nail technician and hairstylist, Britney Rice specializes in color, braids, dreadlocks, and wedding updos, performing each service with the same gentle care she demonstrates during spa manicures and pedicures. Her nail services include perks such as hot-towel wraps, salt scrubs, and foot massages.
Nixa Hair Studio stylists comb Redken, Paul Mitchell, and Joico products through clients’ hair both before and after they sheer off split ends and sculpt new looks. Wielding years of experience—some more than a quarter of a century—the team helps clients achieve chic and traditional looks fit for special occasions and casual everyday wearing. Their broad range of services, such as cuts, color, and conditioning, spill from ladies’ heads onto male customers’ faces in the form of beard and moustache trims.
Celeste Duckworth received her cosmetology license in 1968 and followed that up with 47 years of salon experience, including owning and operating three salons of her own. The culmination of her extensive career blossoms inside Amore Salon and Spa, where she designs and styles hair with an artistic temperament and well-honed technique. Celeste specializes in formal design and has a skilled eye for beautifying bridal parties in preparation for their big day.