The stylists and spa professionals at Salon Eden can pamper clients from head to toe. Hairstyling services for men and women include everything from cuts and perms to highlights and deep-conditioning treatments. Meanwhile, skin gets special attention during facial treatments that can incorporate hydrating algae masks or therapeutic deep-tissue massages, while specialty skincare treatments such as derma-rolling aim to jump start collagen production and smooth acne scars. And, for extra flourish, the specialists here can administer eyelash perms, extensions, and tints so guests can stop using mascara or clipping hair extensions to their eyelids.
There are roughly 100,000 hairs on the average human head and master stylist Annette Joplin is an expert at wrangling them into a single stylish unit. Here, she brings more than 25 years of beauty-industry experience and continuing education to her clients, who can request a sharp, edgy, or vintage look. Skilled in handling all types of hair, she also adds pop or dimension with optional color placement before sculpting hair into new dos. Annette is also an ace with a nail file, and can decorate fingers, toes, and metal hook hands with any of the salon’s many color polishes.
People sometimes compare applying permanent makeup to getting a tattoo, but at Softouch of Birmingham, that comparison couldn't be more wrong. Owner Heidi and her certified staff don't even use machines, instead relying on the SofTap hand method. This results in a gentler procedure, faster recovery time, and a softer, more natural effect than can be achieved with machines. Using hypoallergenic pigments, the artists permanently enhance lash lines, eyelids, eyebrows, and lips with designs that are virtually indistinguishable from regular makeup. But what's even more remarkable is that the procedure, like a feather boa with a stethoscope inside, has both cosmetic and medical applications?they have been known to help sufferers of alopecia and vitiligo as well as survivors of cancer.
Studio A owner and 25 year beauty industry veteran Annette Hyche took inspiration for her salon's aesthetic from her communal loves of photography, art, fashion, and design, and created a uniquely visual backdrop for customers looking to discover their own style. An elegant mix of modern colors, gold-framed mirrors, and other vintage-inspired flourishes, Hyche's gunmetal and turquoise hued salon is packed with a team of master aestheticians, hair stylists, and makeup artists ready to help each guest uncover their inner starlet or starfish. Products from Moroccanoil and Clayton Shagal Skincare stand ready at each chic styling station and velvet sofas and leopard-print lobby chairs provide unobscured views of departing bridal parties and other photo-worthy patrons.
Renee Hughes leads the team at Body Logic Wellness Center with a skill set that could put a one-man band to shame?she's a master aesthetician, licensed massage therapist, certified colon hydrotherapist, Endermologie and lipomassage technician, and certified electrologist. Hughes?s team rises to meet her impressive pedigree as they dole out detoxifying wellness treatments, apply eyelash extensions and permanent makeup, and wield lasers to eradicate hair and land-speeders double-parked outside the office.
During one-hour personal instruction sessions, professional makeup artist Danielle Lee—whose work has been featured in numerous publications including Southern Bride magazine—teaches clients step-by-step application techniques that can be used to augment their already existing facial features or to polish a miniature bust of Jennifer Lopez. Faces are exposed to a wide range of high-end cosmetics, including pigments by MAC, Bobbi Brown, and Trish McEvoy. A focus on delivering custom-tailored tips ensures that all clients leave the studio with the know-how to dress their dermises appropriately for upcoming bridal parties, birthday bashes, or KISS concerts.