The expert tress tamers on the New Talent Team at Richard Joseph SalonSpa—Birmingham magazine's 2011 Best of Birmingham winner—snip, style, and color locks with Aveda products. After stylists consult with clients on whether to go for a classic cut or an avant-garde clip, a clarifying and stress-relieving shampoo massages scalps while gently cleansing manes. Next, a stylist reduces hair density and molds follicles into face-framing devices. With the full-color or highlights option, Aveda Hair Color’s 97% naturally derived formula revamps head gardens with vibrant color that either covers every strand or rewards specific locks for not harboring fugitive snakes. A complimentary 20-minute hand or foot massage relaxes appendages and adds a luxurious touch to the salon experience.
Blonde Salon & Spa hardly limits its clients to those with flaxen hair. In fact, owner Desiree Maples is a color specialist—she treats tresses to all-over color, foil highlights, and the hand-painted balayage technique. Her other hair services range from simple trims to keratin smoothing treatments, as well as wedding-ready updos. And she sports a second title: makeup artist.
The salon's menu continues on to cover spray tans, mani-pedis, and waxing. Once it gets to the spa side, relaxation joins forces with cosmetics during anti-wrinkle facials and glycolic-acid peels. To top off a skincare appointment, clients can sink deeper into tranquility with a massage. Resident massage therapist Gudrun Jacobsen targets tense muscles with modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and shiatsu.
The stylists and aestheticians at Hopson James Salon combine their specialized skills to meet any pampering needs with salon services ranging from hairstyling and mani-pedis to facials and airbrush tanning. The salon's brick walls and gentle, neutral colors invoke a calm environment, where salon professionals can perform makeup applications and waxing services and hair dryers can float unassisted. Throughout appointments, the staff nurtures clients with high-quality salon products such as Aveda, Redken, SkinCeuticals, and Moroccan Oil.
At Little Flower Day Spa, licensed stylist and cosmetologist Holly Stovall cuts and conditions hair for men, women, and children. She straightens and smoothes hair with keratin treatments, adds vibrancy with color and highlights, and showcases her cosmetological cunning with makeup applications and prom and wedding updos.
Specializing in all things hair, Mindi Patterson relies on her Aveda Institute training and years of experience when snipping and coloring her clients' locks. At Little Flower Day Spa, Patterson attends to each visitor, beginning with a personal consultation to discuss style, color, and the contents of their fridge. Additionally, Patterson offers skincare and makeup-application lessons, using products from BeautiControl.
The stylists at Salon Bella keep their clients up to date on style trends with luxurious beauty services that include both haircare and nailcare. And the elegance doesn’t stop with their service menu. The salon is decorated with textured walls, rich fabrics, exposed brick, and sleek red and black furniture, with styling chairs situated in front of vintage-like dressers adorned with ornately framed mirrors that make everyone look like a young royalty.