Whether you seek a safe snip or a bold new 'do, the experienced stylists of sweetly retro Starlite Salon, which is outfitted with knick-knacks and mid-century modern furnishings, use their punk-rock pin-up sensibilities to craft the choicest of cuts. Women's follicular brambles and unbecoming outgrowths can be pruned into a well-manicured headbush ($35–$45). With expert coloring services, dull mop-tops lose their dishwater hue and take on a Skittle-like spectrum or simply a richer natural-looking palette (includes haircut, $85–$120). Those who prefer wax to straight razor can have face hairs forcibly removed with Starlite's waxing services ($10). Starlite also welcomes gentlemen into the confines of its frosting-pink walls to trim down and shape up a manly mane ($20–$25) before an important bodybuilding competition, hunting trip, or viewing of Steel Magnolias. Call to schedule an appointment.
The vibe inside Magnolia Salon vacillates between that of a spa, a gallery, and your grandmother's kitchen. Pieces by local artists pop from sunny yellow walls, depicting subjects from women's portraits to majestic owls with wings flared. As they wait, guests can munch on freshly baked cookies and sip a complimentary beverage: soda, bottled water, beer, or wine. The styling stations adhere to the down-home feel, too—they comprise ornately framed mirrors perched above white Victorian-style cabinets.
Here, the staff members trims and colors tresses with products from L'Oréal and Goldwell. They also perform highlights, perms, and extensions. Aestheticians primp nails on the main floor and lead clients to a private room for full-body waxing and facials. Their skincare formulas incorporate fruit and vegetable ingredients, which brighten complexions more reliably than thinking really hard about phosphorous does.
The skilled shutterbugs at Mi Amor Studio capture flattering, intimate angles during tasteful boudoir photo shoots. They aim to cultivate a glamorous experience for all subjects, enlisting professional makeup artists and hairstylists to elevate the natural beauty of each subject to camera-ready works of art. The encouraging photographers put subjects at ease while helping them strike appealing poses and plying them with chic beverages and hors d'oeuvres. The sensual images can then be burned on CDs, immortalized in picture books that brim with up to 75 photos, or printed and tucked between the pages of the library’s copy of On the Origin of Species. In addition to boudoir services, Mi Amor Studio offers hair services such as keratin blow-outs, highlights, conditioning treatments, and haircuts for women, men and children. Airbrush tanning, manicures, and pedicures round out the salon's services.
Women, men, and children are welcome inside Salon Blush, where they can get haircuts from friendly stylists. Adults can also get their hair colored, and keratin blowouts smooth women's hair into sleek manes. The stylists also offer updos, airbrush makeup, UV-free tanning services, and waxes to complete looks, readying clients for a night on the town or a day at the beach.
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Kristin’s many years in the industry have allowed her to focus on her passion: helping men look good. She specializes in men’s pampering services, from haircuts with soothing scalp massages to smooth shaves. Her multistep shaves kick off with hot steamed towels to open pores. Then she uses a straight razor to shear each facial hair. A refreshing eucalyptus scent is included to awaken the senses, and men can opt for an exfoliating treatment that rids faces of dirt, dead skin cells, and New Year's Eve confetti.
Modern Elegance Salon provides hair, skin, and massage treatments tailored exclusively to each client. Stylists Amanda and Ashli excel at colors as well as retexturing to add shine, reduce frizz, and straighten hair. To complete the team, certified massage therapist Kristi specializes in a variety of modalities, unburdening her tense clients with bodywork ranging from Swedish and deep-tissue massage to reflexology.