Inside Sanctuary, certified cut-and-color specialists highlight a menu of services that deals exclusively in hair solutions, keeping up appearances with designer clips and snips, keratin treatments, damaged-hair repair, and color correction. Submit your locks to be shaped and handled by a stylist ($30–$70), or achieve an extra-straight style with a blow dry ($25–$40). A shine treatment helps heads of hair reignite their burnt-out halos ($30), and a single-process color amps up blandly burnished strands ($50+). Customers can also opt to use today's Groupon to buy a bigger treat for follicles, such as full-foil highlights ($100–$165) or a hat made of maple syrup.
Enlightened Master Stylist Richard Joseph often studies Zen Buddhist texts, drawing from their ancient teachings inspiration that helps him to blend fashion, beauty, art, and wellness. When presiding over his eponymous chain of salons, Richard adheres to one philosophy in particular: “the master in the art of living…pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing.”
Richard’s continual pursuit of excellence has earned his full-service salons attention from publications such as About Town and Birmingham magazine. His stylists all wield award-winning Aveda products as they crop and color locks according to the latest trends. At the spa, aestheticians renew skin with a wide array of treatments for the face and body. They pop open Gaia’s medicine cabinet to fetch natural products such as Dead Sea salts, Sedona mud, seaweed masks, and peppermint oil.
Though Honors Salon has been in the same location for nearly three decades, its stylists’ approach to hair care has changed with the times. Up to date on the latest styles, techniques, and ways to turn hair clippings into a renewable form of energy, they create unique looks that are also easy to replicate at home. In doing so, they're backed by high-end products, including those from Redken, Moroccanoil, and Keratin Complex. In addition to standard haircare services, they add extensions, wax away unwanted hair on four body areas, and administer threading on brows.
The friendly staffers at Aura Salon Spa work their pampering wizardry in a large, modern space. The 30-minute express pedicure kicks off with a sole-softening soak, preparing feet to meet with the buffer and file. Next, cuticles and calluses are removed, stems are moisturized, and tootsies are topped with enough shiny color to garner envy from the Las Vegas Strip. The 30-minute basic manicure converts nails from their natural state of corporate-ladder-climbing claws to elegant, unruffled shapes. Cuticle care and a candy-colored coating complete turkey-stencil transformation.
Staffed by a team of talented board-licensed stylists, Hair 280 proffers a posse of strand-revitalizing services for men, women, and children. Like autumn leaves or the laws of physics, fashion trends are constantly changing, and Hair 280’s skilled brush-brandishers are armed and ready to vanquish an outdated 'do with a fashion-forward men's cut or full-service women's cut bookended by a relaxing shampoo and a styling. Cranium casings can reach new chromatic heights with Hair 280’s full color service, which transforms dull hair into its shinier, healthier, non-evil doppelganger.
Like its name suggests, True Colors Salon helps clients express themselves through vibrant hair color. Stylist Grace Smolin is particularly adamant about finding the perfect color for a client's skin tone and eye shade because she always wants hair to look as natural as possible. This might mean blending chocolate highlights—never platinum—into brunette hair to add dimension and even leaving a blond's roots a little darker to make it look like she was born with that color. Grace also creates modern cuts and straightens hair with keratin treatments, which can keep hair frizz-free for up to five months.