Within Southern Roots Salon, a chic space decorated with teal accents and exposed brick walls, stylist Connie Purpura helps clients to achieve the look they desire. She draws on skills learned at Ogle School while precisely snipping locks into edgy or classic cuts, infusing hair with rich color, or smoothing tresses with keratin blowouts. Patrons also can opt for professionally applied cosmetics, waxing, or manicures.
Eleven 11 Hair Studio has recently expanded their offerings, adding a blow-dry bar to their full menu of cut, color, extension, and smoothing services. In 2011, D Magazine reporter Raya Ramsey praised the salon—formerly Sol Ben Hair Studio— and its owners Asher and Shari, writing that “they’re experts, and you won’t be sorry with what you walk away with.” Mirroring the owners’ collective commitment to style, the salon’s waiting area adds an artful touch to any visit, with pillow-strewn, contemporary couches complimenting shiny black floors, square white columns, towering ceilings, and shelves lined with products by Kérastase and Sebastian. And inside the main space, sleek chairs invite clients to sit in front of full-length mirrors as stylists cut, color, and texturize strands, leaving them looking as stunning as a taser draped in prom dresses.
To Kimberly Bell, haircutting and coloring is a science; the most important part of what she does is knowing how the products work. “There’s an entire world of coloring information that most colorists are never exposed to,” she says. She came by her knowledge honestly, working in the industry for 14 years under notable colorists such as Tom Dispenza. Despite the importance of technical acumen, though, her favorite part of her job remains “seeing the client light up after they see the finished result of [the] hair service they [got].” She enjoys that experience frequently at Muse the Salon, named one of Dallas’s Top 20 Salons by D Magazine.