Allure likened the hairdo-renovating experience at Ginger Group for Hair to speed dating. Referring to the salon’s creative director, David Hockney, the magazine writes, “He fired off questions about our likes, dislikes, and profession.” Using the information he acquired, Hockney crafted a face-flattering, personalized hairstyle that the contributor described as “love at first sight.”
Putting clients in the hot seat is common practice at Ginger Group for Hair. The stylists take personalized services very seriously; individuality, after all, is half of their philosophy. The other half? Education. Trained in European techniques, each stylist has obtained advanced education in time-honored cutting, coloring, and snake-taming techniques. Yet, the learning never stops. The team stays hungry for knowledge about the salon industry’s latest innovations and always seeks new ways to develop and build on its practices.
As a result of the team's dedication, its haircare services have earned acclaim from clients and multiple shout-outs from Allure. Ginger Group for Hair’s success can also be attributed to the quality of its hairstyling products. Every service enlists help from environmentally conscious Texturizze products, which are enriched with natural, sustainably sourced ingredients that are friendly to Mother Nature’s receding hairline.
At locations in Franklin, Royal Oak, and most recently Birmingham, experienced aestheticians dissolve stress with soothing massages, facials, and nail treatments that utilize fruit-infused scrubs or oils from Sacred Earth Botanicals. Inside private treatment rooms, techs evict toxins with Dead Sea mud or seaweed body wraps and knead knots into untied shoelaces with aromatherapy massages or therapeutic stretches. Treatments, including a slate of mani-pedis, come in various packages for half-day pampering sessions, with tasty add-ons such as a spa lunch or bubbly sips of champagne. Alternatively, the spa's concierge services take the pampering out of the spa and into the shells of stressed turtles or homes of customers, who may also request assistance with errands, laundry, and grocery pick-up.
In 1979, Carol Lewis began her business with nothing more than an aesthetician's license. Her client list swelled over time as area dermatologists began referring more and more of their patients to Carol and praising her signature facials, which incorporate everything from hydrating balms to microdermabrasion to create healthier-looking skin. To keep up with the steady influx of new clients, she started hiring people, including aestheticians, massage therapists, nail and waxing technicians, and a support staff to memorize each new visitor's middle name. Today, when she isn't overseeing the spa, Carol shares this story and others with professional women's groups, delivering inspirational keynote speeches on pursuing success and embracing potential.
A chorus of snips and clips rings out across Hazel Street Salon, where owner and master stylist Dervisa leads her staff through innovative hairstyling treatments that utilize organic color and styling products. Dervisa's stylists take her lessons to heart and call upon their own talents as they revamp hairdos with cuts, colors, or KeraGreen straightening treatments that unkink frizzy curls and extensions crafted from garden hoses. As they shuffle around the chocolate-colored salon chairs that line the studio, they consult the reflections of full-length mirrors and shiny wooden floors until cuts are to their clients' satisfaction. On the other side of the salon, aestheticians beautify skin with makeup applications, mani-pedis, and brow waxings.
Though diminutive in size, Essentials of Eton Street Nail Studio boasts ample warmth and charm. Upon entering the cherry-red interior, patrons can hang up their jackets on a curled, silver coat rack and then settle into a velvety cushioned chair with a magazine. At manicure stations, clients can redirect their attention to a wall-mounted TV as talented techs groom and polish their natural nails or apply acrylics or adamantium claws. Foot worries dissolve away into a bubbling pedicure tub as torso muscles enjoy extra pampering in the salon’s leather pedi-throne, which inexplicably knows how to administer shiatsu-massage services.
Touting an awe-inspiring allotment of awards and recognitions by popular publications, 6 Salon offers a wide range of image-garnishing services. Start your day of beauty with a contemporary haircut ($50+) and permanent hair color ($50+) guaranteed to leave even the frizziest follicular garden well tended and gopher-free. Pull a fast one on the sun with a full-body airbrush tan ($30), and feign eternal innocence with a precise eyebrow shaping ($28). Or, tame ragged cuticles by combining a spa pedicure ($50) and french manicure ($25), which can be enjoyed by digits of any nationality or level of Jerry Lewis appreciation. Regardless of the services rendered, 6 Salon's cutting-edge styling staff is on hand to gently mold your protoplasmic gifts into the height of hair and husk couture.