While a husband’s compliment may turn his wife’s day around, very rarely does it turn into a business. But that’s what happened when Pat Helmandollar’s husband called her a savvy business woman. Since 1967, Helmandollar has used her beauty savvy to work inside salons, own three businesses, teach stylists from all over the world, and helm a team of licensed beauty professionals.
Stylists cut and color hair or add texture, hair extensions, or hair tinsel that decorates strands and gives cats something else to eat. Alternatively, estheticians can remove tension in the face with heated basalt stones and cold marble stones or render a customized chemical peel to get rid of dead skin cells and smoothen skin. Massage therapists balance chakras by blending visualization and touch or add luxury to massages by laying down a literal bed of roses for clients to rest upon in candlelight, rather than the more common industrial torch light used in other salons.
Aside from using their relaxation- and beauty-inducing treatments as a tonic for stress, the salon and day spa also contributes to non-profit causes. Savvy makes donations to the Make A Wish Foundation and rewards clients who give more than $5 worth of monetary or toy donations by entering them into a drawing for one gratis service per month for an entire year.
With its crystal-laden chandelier and iconic images of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, Michael Jenkins's workspace would probably look different today if not for his career change. "I actually started accounting before [styling] and totally hated it," he says. "I didn't like looking at numbers."
So in 2001, Michael made a "major switch" and embarked on a hairstyling adventure. These days, within a spacious double room rented from Sola Salon, he and his assistant Tabitha Stricklin transform hair with the aid of Keune Haircosmetics colors—which he picks for their vibrancy—and Aquage styling products.
Although Michael loves "fun, funky styles" and bold colors, he makes sure to listen carefully to his clients' desires. "I always do a consultation with the client, no matter if they've been with me 10 years or if they're new," he says. He offers them water to sip when they come in and lavishes scalps with a massage as he shampoos their hair. Dance music keeps the atmosphere upbeat as he adds texture to looks with highlights, banishes frizz with keratin treatments, and politely asks split ends to jump ship.
Abi Goldberg wanted to open her own spa to honor her entrepreneurial father's memory after he passed away. In 2012, Abi used her family's business instincts to rebrand her salon. Chroma Salon Spa Boutique, formerly La Chique, now features industrial chic decor with aqua-colored accents for a more modern, serene setting. Clients can still count on pampering Image Skincare facials and customized cuts, as well as wine and beer to sip or pour out in respect for recently lost locks. Abi also maintains the boutique's stock of handcrafted jewelry and accessories she personally selects from expos in New York and Atlanta.
Master stylist David Gresty and his team of highly skilled hair professionals take tresses from dull to dazzling within a cozy, century-old converted abode. Allow a Schwarzkopf-trained whisker whisperer to comfort your strands with a blanket of new hue during a European hair-coloring treatment, adding a natural tinge and Parisian breeze to your head curtain without the look of color-processed hair (a $60 value). Or, opt for a precision cut to obtain the crisp ends, exciting texture, and algebraic exactitude formerly reserved for Ruffles potato chips (a $45 value).
Untangled offers a variety of hair-tending services, with its wealth of waxing work bringing satisfaction to body hair run amok. Free fuzz from upper lips with a lip waxing ($10), or trim down eyebrows ($12) to further avoid being mistaken for Frida Kahlo. A full facial waxing ($25) is also available. The salon's waxing services are available for both men and women, with clients invited to enjoy a complimentary cup of flavored coffee or a bottle of ice-cold water while Untangled unhinges unwanted unibrows and other assorted hide-hair. Let Untangled Salon's staff of friendly and well-trained aestheticians assist with hairy situations. Both walk-ins and appointments are welcome.
The staff members at Rock Paper Salon & Spa perform aesthetic treatments for the full body ranging from complimentary bang trims to long-lasting pedicures. Clients are greeted at a bejeweled front desk before adjourning to the white salon floor, where green styling chairs add bright pops of color to the streamlined space. There, stylists cut and color manes with Keune products and soothe frizz with agave smoothing treatments and by singing lullabies. Away from the floor, massage therapists perform deep-tissue, hot-stone, sports, and Swedish massages from within a private room to help ease pain and relax clients. To alleviate skin woes or help reduce signs of aging, aestheticians perform facials, enhancing them with Bioelements products and options such as microdermabrasion. Nail technicians also get their own serene area of the salon alongside a mural of a tree with blue blossoms as they set acrylic nails, change polish, or perform spa pedicures.