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.
Red and black polka dots dapple NoDa Nail Salon's walls as concentric circles lace the waiting-area rug, mirroring droplets of vibrant polish as they're brushed onto toes and fingertips. As guests sip complimentary beverages atop sleek chairs or cushioned pedicure thrones, expert technicians beautify natural and acrylic nails alike, daubing them with polishes by OPI and China Glaze or longer-lasting formulas from Gelish and Shellac. Specialty treatments, such as rejuvenating dips in paraffin wax or gel powder finishes, boost extremity enhancements to round out the array of customizable services. The salon also gears manicures and pedicures toward men with clear polish or buff finishes, and toward children and young adults by offering special youth rates and polishing nails with Scantron answer-sheet patterns.
Having accrued 19 years of beauty-industry experience?including time spent as a teacher for the North Carolina State Board's continued-education classes?Nicole believes that your nails can make just as much of a statement as your hair. With services that range from basic mani-pedis to acrylics and custom designs, they manage to graft art onto both natural and artificial nails. Their polka-dot patterns outfit extremities with retro charm, and advanced 3-D and flower graphics augment pageant-ready waves with clouds of confused butterflies.
The nail technicians at Happy Nails pamper natural nails and acrylics alike, while curtailing cuticles that grow over the nail bed and promoting nail health. They lavish nails with OPI polish and UV gel during services that include airbrush designs and nail art, examples of which can be seen at their online gallery. They’ll also perform deluxe pedicures and french manicures to tidy up the nails of artists who want to scratch portraits of Nicolas Sarkozy onto canvases covered in crayon.