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.
At Studio A Collective of Stylists, a team of hair experts hand-picked by owner Andrea Tucker stays abreast of the latest trends and advises clients with up-to-the-minute style advice gleaned through regular trainings. Wielding products from Screen, Phyto, and Sebastian, the stylists tend locks with cuts, deep-conditioning treatments, and coloring services that include semipermanent dyes and glosses––treatments that lack the permanent hold of traditional dyes or bubblegum colorings. Stylists also color-coordinate nails to outfits with durable Shellac manicures and pedicures, and protect skin from unwanted hair with a slew of facial-waxing services. Styling tips for time between appointments foster long-lasting chic and protection from bedhead epidemics, as do complimentary maintenance trims in the salon, where walls brim with the creative wares of a rotating featured artist.:m.]]
If swanky salons with $150 haircuts and color jobs are out of your budget, Aveda Institute Denver is a welcome refuse. Located in the historic Denver Dry Good Building, this full-service salon is actually a licensed cosmetology school, offering hands-on experience to students and affordable beauty treatments to clients. The windowed storefront looks out onto the lively corner of 16th and California, on the busy 16th Street Pedestrian Mall. Upon entering, clients step up into a reception area lined with Aveda products; the salon itself stretches some 17,000 square feet across two clinic floors, with seven hands-on classrooms and over 100 cosmetology stations, twelve shampoo stations and fourteen spa treatment rooms. The idea is for students at the institute to gain experience by working with willing locals, who can in turn receive salon-quality cuts, spa treatments and more – all at a remarkably reduced rate.