Most of the time when kids go to get their hair cut, they're lucky if they're able to watch a movie they've seen a thousand times or play with the single toy the salon keeps on hand. But even that doesn't generally happen. And because most salons don't bother to entertain kids, haircuts can be a difficult thing for them to sit through.
Yet, when kids go to Snip-its Kids Hair Salon and Spa, they get an adventure. Staffers first hand kids a Snip-its Adventure Club card, and then invite them to sing along with the salon's own cast of animated characters. There's Curly Comb, the adventurous Flyer Joe Dryer, and the group's leader, Snips, an anthropomorphized pair of scissors with a shock of brown hair. This same crew stars in computer games and activities that kids can play at each salon station, which dazzle eyes with more bright colors than a car covered in Lisa Frank stickers.
While their clients explore imaginative worlds, stylists use a proprietary line of natural and allergen-free products to create buzz cuts and bobs. At the end of the process, kids visit the Magic Box. The enchanted device awards kids a prize in exchange for a swatch of hair. On special occasions, stylists can also photograph a baby's first haircut or transport girls to Tinseltown during a Hollywood Party.
In order to make every salon experience exciting for kids and relaxing for adults, Snip-its Kids Hair Salon and Spa's partners with Autism Speaks and trains stylists to work with kids with autism.
Board-certified surgeon Dr. Bruce Marko has a light touch for body sculpting and facial rejuvenation at Enhanced Images Medical, eschewing the "no pain, no gain" beauty philosophy. Dedicated to minimally invasive procedures, he has continually sought out new, gentle technology since he completed his surgical residency at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and saw the wrinkles Linda Hamilton developed while screaming in The Terminator. His specialty in microscopic hair transplantation represents both his technical precision—he painstakingly duplicates the original growth pattern with new follicles—and his interest in creating a natural look with small adjustments. He also takes his time with patients, who develop a safe, effective route toward their ideal look during free 20-minute conferences.
Although Dr. Marko can lift slack cheeks with a few deft incisions, he maintains a collection of five cosmetic injections to smooth facial creases with little more than a pinprick. Erchonia and Cynosure lasers help patients to sidestep weight-loss surgery and skin-rejuvenation techniques that abrade cheeks through exposure to Fran Drescher's laugh, and the lasers can also rout toenail fungus and unwanted hair.
With padded lime-green chairs lounging on a pillared porch that runs the length of a two-story, century-old wooden house in Dilworth, Folicle could easily be mistaken for a bed and breakfast at first glance. Though they can’t stay the night, guests are encouraged to stop and rest awhile as stylists and aestheticians snip, shade, and smooth their hair, shape their nails, or unknot their muscles amid floor-to-ceiling mirrors that reflect honey wood floors.
Globetrotting salon CEO Edward Woody shares expertise garnered from training with Vidal Sassoon, Aveda, and the Netherlands’ Keune and a sense of style honed while designing dos for Badgley Mischka, Ellen Tracy, and the fashion spreads of several magazines. Visitors who catch his ear may find him ready to point out the salon’s eco-friendly features, such as a shampoo-area floor made from recycled tennis shoes and furniture made from banana plants whose monkeys had already abandoned them.
Fresh off her achievement of becoming the valedictorian of her graduating class at Dudley’s Beauty College, Hope D. Hannibal wanted to test her mettle. She signed up for a duo of competitions, snipping and cropping her way to a second- and third-place finish in the Bronner Bros. Student Rising Star and Student Mannequin competitions. Springboarding off those victories, and undergirded by her bachelor's in business management, the aesthetics go-getter started her own salon.
In 2009, she flung open the doors to Bella Cheveux Salon and Spa, where she and her staff treat clients to an array of prettifying services. As a national educator for Dudley’s haircare products, Hope ensures that her team is up on the latest beauty innovations. She harnesses continuing education and training to outfit her patrons with the latest trends, sprucing up coifs with cuts, highlights, and relaxers or accenting nails with colors more dynamic than a rainbow seen through a prism.
Que Blankenship, owner of Plush Hair Lounge, keeps her eye on a wide variety of sources for inspiration, from couture catwalks to classic starlets to edgy urban settings. Whatever the look, she works to make it accessible to her clients' lifestyles by selecting flattering hues, enhancing the hair?s natural motion with cuts, and sculpting styles that stay sultry with little attention. Before stylists begin any treatment, they make good on the promise implicit in Plush Hair Lounge?s name by providing customers with a complimentary glass of wine and a scalp massage whose motions mimic the brain waves produced by dreams about cuddling a cloud. When Que and her staff aren't subduing frizz with keratin treatments, lengthening locks with extensions, or crafting special-occasion updos for proms and weddings, they teach clients how to keep their hair healthy with at-home regimens.
Four of Fuze Salon's stylists have more than a decade of experience, and Artistic Director Chip Perry has spent more than two decades in the business. Perry spent time as a national performing artist for Redken and specialized in teaching corrective color at the Redken Exchange, so it’s no surprise the salon uses ammonia-free Redken Chromatics dye as its go-to. Like Fievel Mousekewitz, his journey to happiness began with petty theft. His online biography describes how he would commandeer his neighbors' dolls as a child and "spend hours trying to twist the two inches of fiber into different shapes.” Now, he styles brides and men's cuts with equal dexterity, and keeps his hands busy raising two dogs, contributing to the boards of two charitable organizations, and rallying the community around philanthropic drives and walks.