Joined by more than their salon’s name, stylists Jón and Alan have spent more than two decades refining their skills side by side. Today, the duo passes on their knowledge to the stylists on their team, teaching them the tricks of the trade as they cut, color, and add texture to hair. When they aren’t watching over their stylists or juggling combs dipped in barbicide and lit on fire, they check in on the spa’s technicians, who soothe their clients’ skin with resurfacing facials, chemical peels, and relaxing massages.
All of the salon’s custom skin and scalp treatments draw on Aveda's world-renowned arsenal of plant-based products. Guided by socially conscious principles for more than 30 years, Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular products such as Shampure shampoo and witch-hazel hair spray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging cradling ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
The artistic team at Origina Salon Spa metamorphoses client style using Aveda's plant-based products. Before each hairstyling, staff members perform an in-depth consultation to assess each client's hair health, styling prowess, and favorite traffic sign before designing a custom cut. Small luxuries, such as a scalp massage during shampoos, elevate treatments to pampering sessions. Professional makeup specialists dispense lessons and tips as they paint faces with Aveda's pore-friendly products, whose hues change seasonally or based on the sun's mood. Personalized facials draw their restorative power not only from a custom blend of skincare products but also from facial massage, a combination of rejuvenating and relaxing pressure-point and Ayurvedic techniques. Many treatments, including waxing, incorporate essential-oil aromas tailored to calm the senses and soothe the skin. The salon's simple, organic aesthetic of warm-toned walls and wooden fixtures complements its philosophy of natural beauty and natural products.
Shoppers stroll leisurely about the upscale shops and restaurants of Camden Commons, but inside Lunatic Fringe, expert stylists are hard at work. Senior and junior stylists move nimbly about the bright green styling chairs that line the sleek salon, transforming hairstyles with trendy cuts, elegant up-dos, and professional coloring services. The color of the chairs is appropriate since the salon is committed to a green philosophy. Here, stylists take pains to use chemical-free techniques and eco-friendly materials, such as recyclable hair color cups and blow-dryers that run on the power of positive thinking alone. The Franklin branch is one of numerous national locations of the Lunatic Fringe franchise, a salon chain that has received a sweeping amount of glowing press since it's founding.
In 2008, Channon Rickard-Ryan bought and renovated a salon with the goal of creating an upscale makeover mecca in her own town. Her venture has proven successful, with Trendz Salon winning the title of Best Hair Salon in the Tennessean's Toast of Music City for three years in a row. The salon maintains its acclaim thanks to a team of talented stylists, many of whom boast more than 20 years of industry experience and at least one secret superpower. Dedicated staffers focus on Trendz' philosophy of precision and personalization, customizing every haircut to flatter clients' facial features and work with their individual styles and professions. Upscale products from Joico, Aquage, Enjoy, and Shellac pamper skin, hair, and nails, and Trendz regularly hosts Dr. David Turner to perform Latisse, Botox, and Juvéderm treatments, transforming the space into a one-stop shop for beauty seekers.
The stylists and aestheticians at Velvet Trim Hair Spa only rely on top-shelf beauty products. For hair, they trust L’Anza color. For faces, their masks and serums contain ingredients such as 24-karat gold and caviar. And for lips, Juvéderm plumps up pouts.
The beauty professionals at EuroTouch Salon & Spa root their work in the European philosophy, which they define as "the philosophy of healing, clarifying and rejuvenating the mind, body, and spirit." As hair stylists, nail technicians, massage therapists, and skincare experts perform treatments that fulfill these tenets, the surrounding decor evokes Old-World sensibilities—ornate golden-framed mirrors, Romanesque pillars, and Renaissance-like paintings create a tranquil, baroque ambiance. The reception area features a full-size water fountain that could easily grace an Italian piazza or Ponce de León's master bathroom. In this setting, clients undergo curative treatments with M.D. Forté skincare products or submit to personally tailored services or packages.