At Cost Cutters Family Hair Salon’s more than 840 locations across the U.S., skilled stylists are always standing at attention. The salon prides itself on being appointment- and hassle-free—thus the team is ready for walk-ins and for any request, whether it be a haircut, styling, coloring, perm, or access to sealed government files. While performing all services, the staff wield CC Professional products—which range from shampoos and conditioners to hairstyling and finishing formulas—to cater to specific hair needs, such as moisture, color care, or volume. They also top tresses with select products from Paul Mitchell, Redken, and Back to Basics. Though the stylists don’t lack for creativity, customers can browse the style gallery, chock full of photos of past customers, to find inspiration for new hairdos or names.
Sydney Atkinson, the stylist behind Hair Solutions by Sydney, is a people person. Her positive attitude guides her work, as she engages clients to find out what kind of look they want. She then uses her seven years of experience to skillfully render cuts, extensions, and color applications. And, unlike cell-phone owners and their service providers, many clients have even become friends with Sydney.
At DermaTech, Carla—an aesthetician with 25 years' experience—leads a team of beauty experts who specialize in treatments ranging from electrolysis and laser hair regrowth to lash tinting. Aestheticians employ Elysée skincare products in five types of facials, all of which include a 3-step cleanse plus a nourishing mask and massage. A permanent makeup artist with two decades of experience performs the center’s permanent makeup sessions, which use a topical anesthetic and specialized tattoo ink to fill in pale lips or redefine eyebrows that have wilted and started to hang off the face.
InStyle, People magazine, and Salt Lake magazine’s Best of the Beehive 2010 have lauded the nearly endless collection of girlie products, gifts, and accessories pouring from Got Beauty's boutique salon, petite day spa, and Sugarhouse Shop. Owner Tammy Taylor wants her guests to feel like a kid wandering through a candy store. But instead of cotton candy and gumdrops, she and her team shower clients with beauty treatments, from the full-service Bumble and bumble salon's coloring and hair-extension treatments to the intimate day spa's anti-aging facials and shellac mani-pedis. Amid the facility's boutique shop, an aisle of accessories hand-picked by the owner include Butter nail polishes, Hobo wallets, aromatic Voluspa candles, and books on how to study the Enlightenment without succumbing to its wig-centered hair culture.
Expansive, sunny windows illuminate the deep-red walls framing Mid City Salon’s elegant space, where trained aestheticians groom keratin-based parts with a range of treatments. Stylists revamp hair with trimming and chemical services that alter color and texture without attempting high-risk crayon implantation. Manicurists, meanwhile, outfit natural and acrylic nails in decorative swipes of polish, creating long-lasting style with CND Shellac applications or trendy designs such as cheetah print and flowers. Aestheticians can also rework façades with a quick brow and lip wax or a flawless makeup application. For offsite pampering, stylists arrive at homes during salon birthday parties to give girls aged 3 and older a chic updo, a smattering of glitter makeup, and polished nails that make them feel like adults without memorizing tax-return terminology.
The interior of Roxy CarMichaels Salon conjures an industrial feel that complements the brickyard area surrounding the studio. Naked light bulbs dangle above the graphite-gray floor, and red metal toolboxes stand ready at every styling station, but this factory-like aesthetic is immediately contradicted by the staff members' warm greetings and personalized attention. The trio of master stylists listens to clients’ wildest hair desires while considering matters of texture and facial shape, recommending cuts that augment cheekbones, skirt jawlines, or cover up snapping mandibles. Translucent dividers portion the studio from the waiting area for a contemporary aesthetic that sets clients at ease while they sort through the coffee table’s mound of magazines.