Classic and modern style are in perfect harmony at Spa South Salon. Pale-blue walls in the reception area stand quietly by as the oversized zebra-print rug and minimalist black-and-silver chairs nestle atop the gleaming hardwood floor. The stylists accomplish the same combination of classic and modern in their work, sculpting bobs with blunt bangs, weaving golden highlights into lackluster tresses, and snipping tight faux hawks to attract wandering falconers.
After years of working at other salons, stylist Lisa Mayo Wilfong decided to venture out on her own, and opened Cutting Image Salon in New York’s East Village. To her delight, the three-chair salon earned tons of positive press in New York Magazine, Beauty News NYC, and the coloring book of her niece. So in 2007, she and her husband Stephen introduced the brand to North Carolina markets. The concept—high-fashion services at reasonable prices—was a big hit and led to the salon’s new slogan, “NYC Style at NC Prices.”Today, the L’Oreal Professionnel salon operates out of three North Carolina locations. Junior, senior, and master stylists offer haircuts, coloring treatments, and chemical relaxers, all backed by a satisfaction guarantee.
A strong believer that laughter and spirited conversation play as important a role in its guests’ salon experience as the skills of its stylists, Classic Salon’s talented staff goes out of its way to make each patron feel welcome. Sporting their signature smiles, the coiffeur experts deploy high-quality styling products from brands including Redken, Keune, and Joico as they transform lackluster strands into radiant 'dos. Amid the rhythmic clips of scissors and the soothing hum of hairdryers, stylists perform chic feats of coiffing via services that include everything from colorful foils to bang trims that keep hair and overgrown thought bubbles from obstructing sightlines.
When Nicole Peskin earned her cosmetology licensed in 2001, that wasn’t the end of her education. She continued with advanced trainings in cutting techniques, color applications, and special styles for a night on the town. She dispenses her skills at Creative Layers Hair & Art Studio, where Nicole is her own boss, which only gets confusing when she must request a day off.
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With padded lime-green chairs lounging on a pillared porch that runs the length of a two-story, century-old wooden house in Dilworth, Folicle could easily be mistaken for a bed and breakfast at first glance. Though they can’t stay the night, guests are encouraged to stop and rest awhile as stylists and aestheticians snip, shade, and smooth their hair, shape their nails, or unknot their muscles amid floor-to-ceiling mirrors that reflect honey wood floors.
Globetrotting salon CEO Edward Woody shares expertise garnered from training with Vidal Sassoon, Aveda, and the Netherlands’ Keune and a sense of style honed while designing dos for Badgley Mischka, Ellen Tracy, and the fashion spreads of several magazines. Visitors who catch his ear may find him ready to point out the salon’s eco-friendly features, such as a shampoo-area floor made from recycled tennis shoes and furniture made from banana plants whose monkeys had already abandoned them.