After spending years working in law, Amy Hansen decided to trade in her suits for a pair of stylist's scissors to pursue her passion in cosmetology. She studied hard, earned her license, and in 2006 opened a salon named for the goal she strives to achieve—BellaMe, or "beautiful me." Amy calls on her diverse talents to field an array of custom styling requests, which have ranged from conservative trims to the short and spiky Kate Gosselin look. The salon embodies Amy's outdoorsy spirit with wood accents and sprays of fresh sunflowers that prune themselves at the mirror when the staff isn't looking. The salon is composed of two separate sections—a three-chair styling room and a spa room with a flat-screen TV—that fill the air with energetic, groovy music.
Artwork, cozy furnishings, and elegant wire dress forms dot the French-chateau-style interior of Sachet Salon and Spa, where professional beautifiers revitalize locks, smoothen skin, and sculpt nails. Hair artisans can snip, color, and arm-wrestle each strand of hair until it forms a stylish coif that complements its owner's facial features. Sighs of relaxation fill a private pedicure room where the staff trims nails and sheathes digits in Shellac gel that can last up to 14 days or artful designs using regular polish. The master aestheticians can also render skin as smooth and youthful looking as a just-hatched nesting doll with facials, waxing, and hand-administered spray tans.
La Bella Vita Salon's beauty professionals are renowned for their haircare services, but continue to gain notability for their customizable spa treatments. In addition to smoothing skin with facials and waxes, aestheticians nourish it with chemical peels and microdermabrasion. The specialists relax the body with hot-stone therapy and back treatments, and highlight the natural beauty of eyes with faux mink lash extensions or permanent liner. Hardwood planks stretch across the salon floor, creating an earthy aesthetic that's enhanced by bonsai trees and occasional thunderstorms.
Exquisite Effects Salon provides nearly all of clients' beauty services in one stop. Precision haircuts, color weaves, creative updos, and coloring treatments incorporate products from Joico, Paul Mitchell, and Matrix Biolage. OPI and CND polishes adorn digits during manicures and spa pedicures. The staff also accents eyes with lash extensions and lash and brow tinting. For those tired of dipping their earlobes in glitter every morning, the salon also offers ear piercing.
Natalie’s nimble fingers give eyes an extra pop with flutter-worthy eyelash extensions. She applies the tiny fringe inside Hair Play & Day Spa, alongside other beauty pros who cut hair and add eye-catching highlights or strategically placed holiday lights.
Part of the venerable Paul Mitchell network, the Salt Lake City school channels its doctrines of style and technique through a squad of students supervised by professional instructors. Inside the school?s 22,000-square-foot facility, beauty-gurus-to-be assuredly snip away during haircuts, each of which includes a five-minute scalp massage, and slather on lactic-acid peels, each of which includes a five-minute memoriam to dead skin cells. Tresses can be smoothed into submission with a flatiron, curled into a hirsute coil, or stylishly swept into an updo. Students complement these many shapes with bold or subtle coloring treatments, sometimes relying on block or dimensional color to add depth.
Paul Mitchell the School trains its students to be citizens of the world as well as ambassadors of beauty. The school sets an example worth following with its eco-friendly practices and support for charitable causes that give back to the local community.