Leather chairs, marble floors, and exposed ceilings blanket visitors as they enter All About You, an Elite L'Oréal Professionnel exclusive salon. Lauren Johnson and Amy Antoine, the duo of stylists that oversees these confines, carry experience as long as their most infrequent clients' hair. Lauren studied at The Salon Professional Academy, endorsed by Redken, whereas Amy has worked within the beauty industry for more than 20 years. Drawing from these backgrounds, they snip cuts, apply color, and add feather extensions. Other services include specialized L'Oréal treatments, such as a Fiberceutic deep-conditioning product that strengthens hair.
Industrie Hairdressing founders Holly Tignor and Mary Cahill Garrard are a natural match. Aside from having similar career trajectories—they each got their starts in the early 90s before developing their skills on the artistic team at U.K.-based Toni&Guy—the two share an ambitious streak that led them to establish Creating Beauty, a three-tiered company that consists of two concept salons and a hairdressing academy.
At Industrie Hairdressing, the idea is to draw inspiration from all forms of art and design using an approach to styling that's as freeform as the episode of Jeopardy! where Alex Trebek had to improvise all the clues. During sessions, stylists grouped into five levels based on experience and education consult with their clients to create styles that best suit the client's lifestyle and face shape. They do this by drawing on a full line of Bumble and Bumble products.
The trained stylists and aestheticians at this Aveda concept salon bombast pamper-seeking extremities with a veritable tour de force of revitalizing spa services. Your spa package kicks off with an Aveda Damage Remedy renewal treatment, which includes a style and blow-dry, designed to restore lock luster and liveliness. A relaxing oil massage infuses your scalp with moisture while a warm towel locks in the dewy glow. Newly strengthened hair will provide a soft surface so shiny it shimmers like the surface of a lake in moonlight, but without skinny-dipping lovebirds constantly frolicking in it. Amid your hair makeover, your cranium casing and arm fulcrums benefit from massages.
At Victoria Kelly’s personal Salon Republic suite, white painted trim sits atop the purple walls like delicate lace. The painstaking detail of Victoria’s surroundings accurately mirrors her own work, stylish scissor cuts and bold color highlights done with a careful eye and skilled hand honed with five years of experience. Victoria can give bounce to flat locks with a signature perm or design a fashionably elegant updo complete with tasteful floral sew-ins.
The salon itself also hosts a fully functioning face-waxing station, equipped to remove fuzz from upper lips and stubborn daisies growing from the ear canal.
Hair design gets a distinct artistic spin at Roots Salon & Hair Studio. Owners Miles and Nicole Higgins and Robert Maples sought to assemble a team of hairstylists trained by Vidal Sassoon, Aveda, and Toni & Guy—a team with the technical flexibility and artistic vision to create unique looks that match each client’s personal style. And whether they’re crafting a haircut, performing ombre or balyage coloring, or styling ‘dos for special occasion, they put their education and vision at the forefront of their work, neatly aligned with the preferences and demands of their customers.
A tousled updo, a side-swept 'do, choppy bangs—Michelle, owner of Mickey Do’s Hair Studio, tweaks coifs to accommodate any client’s sense of style. But she shines when it comes to edgy 'dos, whether that means a short and spunky bob or an expertly disheveled men’s cut.
Having owned and operated nine different salons, Cheri Pennetta recognizes the importance of taking the needs of each client on a case-by-case basis. Whether those clients arrive at Rock N Roll 56 Salon & Spa looking for a quick fix—or a full-blown makeover—Cheri snips, sprays, and colors accordingly. For hair, Cheri spruces up locks with cuts, blowouts and extensions, and for everything else, she offers specialty services, including spray tans, waxing, and lash upgrades.