Don't be surprised if you notice a natural rapport between the stylists at Stagecraft LLC. Since the salon never rents out chairs to individual contractors, the stylists—all of whom graduated from Paul Mitchell schools—work together as a team while their clients sit back with a glass of wine, soft drink, or coffee. That means they can collaborate, if necessary, to devise a haircut, style, or coloring treatment using Paul Mitchell products.
Helmed by ambidextrous hairdresser Ben De Cordova, who garnered a first-place Green Award at the 2010 International Fantasy Hair Competition, Salon De Cordova soothes strands and shoulders with passionate attention to artistry and detail. Wig whisperers wield well-sharpened scissors to tame overgrown dos (a $40 value), releasing bad dreams that have been trapped in there for months. After blowing bristles smooth and dry, a soothing shiatsu massage (a $35 value) squeezes stress from the client's scalp and neck, as well as squeezes rainwater from their shoulder pads. Heads depart Salon de Cordova silkier, slightly lighter, and accentuated with a relaxed smile.
Count Mark David Zynda as one of the stylists at Universal Hair Studio who pride themselves on their ability to style all types of hair. Given that sentiment, it's not surprising that the salon's services include everything from highlights and perms to braids and extensions. The shop also employs barbers for doing shaves and men's cuts and delivering cool, refreshing glasses of barbicide.
Before opening Salon Jack, owner and head stylist Chad Malm spent most of his professional life working with a diverse clientele and had his work featured in fashion publications such as Allure and Harper’s Bazaar. He also traveled extensively as an educator for Bumble and bumble, learning the latest styling trends along the way. Now that he’s settled down, Chad continues to bring the same level of commitment and energy to his work with all kinds of customers and insists that his stylists do, too. As he says on his website, the salon hires stylists "who are inspired by what they do and are on fire for it." All stylists have undergone extensive training in the latest hair trends and are well versed in professional products such as Wella hair color and GKHair keratin hair-smoothing treatments.
A wall bisects Hello Beautiful Colour Salon & Art Spa's honey-toned studio. On one side, styling stations line up with mirrors mounted on easels. On the other side, a lounge combines the feel of a beauty boutique with that of a café. Shelf upon shelf of products from Biolage, Moraccanoil, and Pravana surrounds funky red tables where clients sip and shampoo their hair with coffee. As salon stations open up, senior and master stylists call their human canvases in for cuts or color jobs with dyes from Italy. Meanwhile, Hello Beautiful's aestheticians tend to the body with chemical peels, facials, and a relaxation massage.