At Joanie Parker Hair Studio, the experience is almost as important as the resulting look: clients sip on chilled glasses of wine or warm cups of coffee before giving themselves over to the salon's stylists, who breathe new life into hairdos with the Redken product line. The stylists are good listeners, adapting each cut, style, and color treatment based on the wishes expressed by the client or the parrot living in the client's raincoat. The staff also remove lip and chin hair, apply makeup, and treat hands with smoothing paraffin.
A graduate of Atlanta Beauty & Barber Academy, the founder of A. Nicole Styles—Alexis Nicole Howell—puts her professional training to work. She specializes in snipping stylish cuts, altering strands' hues with color treatments, curling or silk pressing natural locks, and gluing or sewing in unprocessed Brazilian extensions. The stylist doesn't stop at hair, though. Alexis applies makeup or extends eyelashes until they're long enough to send long-distance butterfly kisses.
Taylor Made has modernized the old-world barbershop concept by offering an indulgent menu of men's spa treatments to supplement sleek cuts and straight razor shaves. While catching a game on of the shop's flat-screen TVs, clients can solicit a relaxing facial or put the 'man' in manicure with a specialty nail treatment. Taylor Made also employs a skilled massage therapist to relieve chronic tension with flowing Swedish strokes and firm deep-tissue pressure.
The experienced master stylists at Princeton Salon and Spa overhaul coifs with customized salon services that employ plant-based Aveda products. At the onset of each one-hour haircut appointment, the stylist consults at length with the client to determine hairstyle goals and penchants for standing in wind tunnels before cleansing and soothing scalps with an Aveda stress-relieving treatment and massage. Scissors snip tresses into personalized cuts before sculpting locks into a sleek style. Mane-tamers also add full or partial foil highlights using Aveda’s 97% naturally derived color, which adds subtle shimmers or all-over tinting to hair canvases. Like a greedy child's visit with Santa, appointments for full highlights typically last about three hours.