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.
Mandy Wicker’s stash of Paul Mitchell products—infused with tea-tree oil, peppermint, and lavender extracts—helps her whip clients’ hair into new styles, whether classic or modern. Scissors in hand, she cuts away unwanted length and adds any desired layers, bangs, or mohawks.
For 30 years, Saturday's Family Hair Care has tended to the manes of men ($15), women ($16–$20), and children ($11–$15), crafting classic cuts and modern styles in a kid-friendly, appointment-free atmosphere. Moms can steer hopelessly tussled bedheads toward Saturday's salon, where experienced hair herders soothe anxious kiddies and corral misbehaving locks into tidy style stalls. Moms and tots alike can opt for stylistic inspiration, such as the soft and simple classic bob or the rugged cool kid on the block look, which enables tykes to judge which junior-high alt-rock bands are rad and who sold out to play this fall's Battle of the Bands. Name-brand products including Matrix, Paul Mitchell, and Moroccanoil treat locks to an opulence matched only by down-bristled toothbrushes. Saturday's welcomes walk-ins anytime and boasts convenient evening and Saturday hours.
Second Nature Aesthetics's waxing whiz Leslie Venden puts 9 years of experience evicting unwanted hair to work and focuses on especially swift fuzz removal. Torsos can flaunt bare leg seams after a bikini wax, or strip southern halves a step further with a French wax, each of which takes approximately 15–30 minutes. A 30–45 minute Brazilian wax clears entire nether-surfaces of obstinate stubble for long-lasting smoothness. For greener foliage expulsion, Leslie strives to use natural and organic waxing products, rather than pernicious chemicals or acerbic letters of complaint addressed to the arms and written in green ink or guacamole.
Beauty-industry veteran Brian Hutchinson at Encore Salon conquers the frizz and defiant curls of clients’ unruly locks with conditioning keratin treatments. Protect vulnerable tresses from UV rays, humidity, and smooth-talking hair brushes with a formaldehyde-free GKhair keratin taming treatment, which harnesses the restorative prowess of Juvexin to sculpt smooth, manageable, and watertight ’dos. Strands of all kinds are strengthened from inside out, slashing drying time in half and keeping hair frizz-free and as straight as an oak tree with perfect posture for up to six months.
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.