Fluff* Bar, whose opening was recently profiled by Denver Westword, brings together talented stylists and mixologists to pamper patrons with upscale salon services and expertly crafted libations. Los Angeles celebrity stylist Britt Chambers was inspired to meld a salon and bar by her experiences primping stars for red-carpet events such as the Oscars in LA, according to The Denver Post. The resulting Fluff* Bar is lined with creamy white surfaces, ivory leather, and chandeliers dripping with crystal, designed to evoke the inside of a jewelry box. Within the salon, shears snip locks into precision cuts, deft hands craft close up-ready coifs, and a makeup artist uses experience with countless celebrities to perfectly primp faces.
The bar is also staffed with a wedding specialty team that revels in doing anything and everything bridal, from wedding-day hair and makeup to other bridal-related events such as bachelorette parties, engagement photos, and rehearsal dinners. The team of stylists and beauty experts offers spray tanning and color services, along with a bridal concierge service to help prep brides for their special day. Groups can enjoy the full-service bar's roster of bacchanalian beverages, including wine and champagne offerings assembled by a master sommelier, lavishing tongues with specialty champagne cocktails, mixed drinks, and more than 25 wines. Throughout the day, a sumptuous congregation of teas and coffee also offer eye-opening sips.
If you traveled back in time to see Shelly Rewinkle when she was a little girl, you probably wouldn't expect her to become a hairstylist. That's because she spent most of her time playing with boys and riding dirt bikes in California. But ever since the late 80s, this tomboy-turned-stylist has strengthened her skills by working in salons and training with brands such as Aveda and American Crew.
As the owner of Grand Salon, Shelly leads a team of stylists, who tend to manes and pour complimentary glasses of wine and cucumber water. In addition to their expert services, they have been known to go above and beyond by feeding clients' meters, grabbing their lunch, and videotaping their children's clarinet recitals. All of this takes place inside an old plant warehouse, where 20 skylights illumine the cavernous space. Before opening, Shelly brought in craftsmen to build tabletops out of old wood. By mixing these natural elements with the industrial feel of the building, she created a modern ambiance that still feels warm and inviting. At the front of salon, a boutique displays art and accessories alongside products by Bumble and bumble and Kerastase.
Before Steven Trujillo heads to his salon in the morning, he takes a moment to relax in his garden, relish the fresh air, and marvel at the blossoming white roses. When explaining this ritual to reporters from the Rocky Mountain News, Steven said, "This is my peaceful spot. Once I spend some time out here, I can handle the chaos of the rest of the day." And his day certainly can get chaotic—the highly sought-after stylist is the owner of El Salon, where he snips new looks for a never-ending queue of brides and everyday clients pursuing the latest styles. The deftness of his work also has made him a popular man in the fashion world, with magazines such as 303 commissioning his work for photo shoots.
Within Steven’s sunlit salon, clients await appointments on sleek white chairs, admiring the abstract artwork and paintings that adorn the walls. A staff of highly trained specialists darts about nimbly, coloring hair, polishing nails, and pampering skin with facials. In order to stay on top of their craft, Steven and his staff routinely undergo training and take pains to monitor the hairstyle trends perpetuated by recent celebrity events and bigfoot sightings.
Montana Salon and Day Spa evokes Mother Nature’s warm embrace, not only with its earthy setting of copper columns, decorative foliage, and sunny tones but also with its array of relaxing spa treatments inspired by nature. Its body and massage menu calms both body and mind with a Rosemary Mint Awakening body wrap enriched with aromatic herbs and unwinds tense muscles with the smooth rocks and focused kneads of a fusion stone massage. Among the spa's all-natural Aveda facials, the Outer Peace acne treatment battles blemishes with botanically sourced salicylic acid and a host of other green ingredients.
Nail, hair, and waxing services with two types of wax complete Montana Salon and Day Spa’s list of offerings, and clients can mix and match several of those treatments into packages. Extended spa visits typically include extras, such as a light lunch or a bonus facial for your reflection in the mirror.
Kevin and Tiffany Krauklis have trimmed tresses within the exposed-brick walls of their salon in the historical LoDo District since 1983. In 2003, they joined with Aveda to transform their space into a series of three teaching salons, where instructors guide budding stylists through several levels of hands-on training. Students first complete an eight-month training program at the Pure Talent Training Salon, then build a few years of experience at the Pure Professional Salon. The final stage at the Pure Masters Studio lets them hone advanced styling techniques, such as calling each strand of hair by its own special nickname.
At each of the salons, the seasoned staff beautifies customers' tresses using Aveda's line of natural beauty products. These deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging that cradles ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants. Staffers at Aveda Academy Denver Pure Talent Salons also enhance all hair services and facials with a finishing touch of subtle makeup.
At Zandi K Salon, everyone has a story. Stina Nelson didn't realize her passion for massage until a string of bad car accidents led her to the muscle-mending techniques for her own pain relief. Co-owner Nicki Wenz, meanwhile, worked as one of just 12 national Aveda makeup artists in the mid 2000s, traveling the country for photo shoots and trade shows. Educators, artists, world travelers, and Aveda-trained beauty professionals all gather within the earth-toned and stacked-slate walls of Zandi K to lend their life experiences to the looks of others.
They get a little help from their products, of course. The team uses all-natural, plant- and flower-based Aveda products made with sustainably harvested ingredients that are gentle on hair, skin, and Mother Nature's patience. These combine in services that run the gamut from styling and coloring to waxing and ousting acne with facials. But before clients watch their appearances transform in minimalist, steel-framed mirrors, they can sit back in the waiting room with a Session beer, Barefoot red wine, or fruit-infused water, and share their own story.