Tucked inside Sola Salon Studios, Zach Raph Hair's decor is practical and stylish, much like the stylist's work. Walls peek out from glass shelves filled with products by Redken and Neuma and a window view overlooking Lake and Lyndale. Amidst these mod details, Zach sets to work snipping split ends into sleek layers, adding bright ombre highlights, lengthening locks with extensions, and styling hair into Bio Ionic blowouts.
When nails need a helping hand, Laura Gronholz is there. At her post within Amenity's Hair Studio, she draws on years of experience to groom cuticles, shape fingernails, and gently remove piranhas affixed to big toes. During her signature spa pedicure, she also removes calluses and softens skin with warm towels and a hydrating mask.
At her self-named salon, stylist and Redken master colorist Cyril champions healthy hair. She has experience with hair of all ethnicities and stays abreast of the latest beauty trends in order to impart clients with the looks they envision. She also specializes in chemical relaxing, extensions, weaves, conditioning treatments, and facial waxing.
You won't find the stylists at Blast Blow Dry Bar wielding scissors. Instead, they take manes from frazzled to polished using only blow-dryers and hot tools. Inside one of the Bar's three locations, blow-dry recipients choose from a list of seven style options ranging from sleek and super straight (The Skinny) to full, flowing, voluminous curls (The Glam). Each blowout includes a shampoo and conditioning treatment so that finished locks look and feel healthy and strong, and the staff can even add-on a hair treatment shot to help repair scalps suffering from dryness or seasonal allergies.
Beyond blowouts, Blast Blow Dry Bar also offers services such as up-dos, facial waxing, and professional makeup applications. And, for those looking for a makeover that lasts longer, the staff can administer a Brazilian blowout, which smooths frizz and conditions hair, leaving it shinier and straighter for up to 12 weeks.
As a regional educator for American Crew, it’s no wonder stylist Melissa Mollenhoff understands the aesthetics of the male face. To accentuate surly façades, she relies on her keen eye for shape and form—as well as her sense of style—to mute rigid brows, bring out cheek bones, and elongate jawlines with a range of classic and wild cuts. In her career, she has become so adept at this skill that, when not shoring up necklines and detailing sideburns in Eden Prairie, she works American Crew shows, where she demonstrates her cutting abilities on live models.