Dragonfly Salon on 7th's highly trained stylists have plenty of room to craft highfalutin hairstyles beneath the arching cathedral ceiling. The superairy salon emanates a posh ambiance—gilt-framed mirrors frame newly cropped or colored hairdos, and art-deco sconces emit a skin-flattering golden light.
Stylists take pride in their title as an Aveda concept salon. Aveda's mostly natural haircare products use ingredients such as wheat protein and organic essential oils to tame manes without harming the environment. Herbs such as rosemary and lavender also scent mani-pedis.
On the walls of DnL Hair Studio, portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Lady Gaga bespeak an upbeat atmosphere where both edgy and classic looks are welcome. The stylists—grouped into three levels that correspond with experience—treat hair exclusively with Redken products. They pass beneath chandeliers to reach the chic-vintage bureaus at their stations, remodeling 'dos with services that range from smoothing formulas to simple trims. They can also wax unwanted hair from brows, chins, lips, and sideburns trying to annex the nose.
Since 1981, No Limits Hair & Style Salon has revitalized hands and feet with classic manicures and pedicures. During 30-minute manicures, skilled digit doctors smooth nails into square, round, or Mt. Rushmore specific shapes and tackle unruly cuticles. After topping fingers in a new hue, the staff similarly transforms feet with pedicures that can last up to two weeks. Although not included in this Groupon, customers can pay $15 and upgrade to gel polish, which produces a glossy shine that, like a first kiss in a romantic comedy, can last up to three weeks.
Michelle Williams at Head 2 Toe has dressed up fingers and toes for nearly three decades. The seasoned nail technician pampers clients with skin-softening hand- and foot-masks and hot-towel treatments, before touching up nails with monochromatic color, nail art, or french polish. She also waxes unwanted hair and freshens visages with relaxing facials. Outfitted with comfortable massage chairs, her spa makes an ideal oasis after a long day of work or haunting houses.
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.
The students at Winonah School of Cosmetology hone their shampooing, coloring, and skincare talents during professional, hands-on training classes. They sharpen their scissor skills under the watchful supervision of licensed instructors, snipping away split ends and crafting flattering new ‘dos with confidence and precision. They also learn to navigate the chemical waters of perms and relaxers, in addition to extension installation and updos.