As a certified cosmetologist with decades of experience and a doctor of naturopathic medicine, Diana Adair makes a strong connection between health and beauty. After graduating from the Vidal Sassoon Academy, becoming a color specialist for Wella International, and serving as the chairman and president of the Louisiana Cosmetology Association, Adair became more and more interested in the physical mechanisms that affect a person's appearance. She authored the book Dare to be Young, The Internal and External Age Reversing Program and developed her own skincare line, D. Adair Cosmetics. The line includes all-natural cleansers, night creams, and her flagship product?the vitamin-rich Dare to be Young lotion with herbal extracts and essential oils. The formula helps tighten pores and enhance the production of collagen and elastin, which can firm skin that has become lax due to aging or repeated skydiving.
Clients may experience the skincare line's anti-aging benefits in person at Griffis & A'Dairs Salon. The salon performs custom haircuts, styling, and color services, as well as waxing, facials, and chemical peels.
At a time when most kids are just excited to be playing outside, Sarah LeMoine was already thinking about her career. "By the time I was 10 years old, I told my mom I wanted to do hair," she remembers. By then she was no stranger to the necessity of salons; her mom got her hair done every eight weeks with the same stylist. "It was like a religion for her," LeMoine jokes.
At The Parlor Too, antique-style furniture allows clients to sit and relax in the reception area, which has the feel of a comfy front porch. LeMoine presides over a station generously stocked with Joico hair products and Wella color. Though she specializes in hair coloring, her true love is boosting her clients' confidence with tailored cuts that can give them a new lease on life or at least an excuse to update their driver's license photo. "It amazes me how much hair can change someone's personality and make them a better person," she says.
The licensed aestheticians at Just StringZ spin innovation with centuries-old practices to keep skin looking healthy and polished. Threading treatments lasso stray strands using interlaced cotton strings, while speed-waxing services grip groups of hairs and ferry them away fast, yielding results that can last up to eight weeks. Trained in the art of Dermalogica face mapping, aestheticians decipher the proper products and regimen that will best suit their clients' skincare needs, before a jaunt to the skin bar allows faces to test each recommended product before buying or emailing their wish list to Santa. For those looking to accessorize their natural beauty, the salon also offers Swarovski body art, henna tattoos, and ear piercing, as well as cosmetics by glominerals.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Eyelash extensions
Brands Used: Synthetic mink
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
Certified lash artists individually place lash extensions on your existing lashes. Touch-ups should be performed after two or three weeks.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
Comfortable waiting area and comfortable, elegant surroundings.
Irene Lewis is a hairstylist working out of the Mane Design. There, her mission is twofold: she breathes new life into her clients' looks with hair-design treatments, while at the same time creating a warm, relaxing experience. Irene offers haircuts for men, women, and children, as well as color treatments and updos. Additionally, she offers keratin treatments and a K-Pak deep-conditioning mask that restores hair's luster and revitalizes locks that are unhealthy or undisciplined.
Red, white, and blue stripes wind around a miniature barber pole by the entryway to Wool-z Cuts. Visitors step through to find barbers and stylists chatting with visitors about potential hairstyles. In addition to stylish women's haircuts and color treatments, the stylists specialize in men's grooming services, such as close shaves, haircuts styled with Crew hair products, and Brawny Man makeovers. And its kid-friendly atmosphere means the whole family is welcome.