Unlike some salon owners, Spencer Malay isn't content to just sit back and watch as his stylists have all the fun. The 15-year hairstyling veteran, beauty consultant, and makeup artist grabs the scissors and works alongside them, doling out the salon's signature razor cuts and conditioning therapies and offering hairstyling advice dubbed "perfect" by a reviewer for the July 2011 issue of Allure magazine. On the spa side of the studio, massages and facials provide a welcome dose of relaxation for busy clientele, and med-spa treatments erase years from the face and body with dermal fillers and spider-vein treatments performed under the supervision of a doctor, nurse, and the occasional haunted painting.
Patrons looking to bring a touch of the salon's glamour home with them can peruse a collection of Spencer Malay jewelry or add a pop of color to everyday makeup routines courtesy of Spencer's own line of mineral-based cosmetics. The salon also specializes in providing and fitting wigs for patients with medical hair loss and curates a large and stylish collection, with options recommended by medical and beauty professionals as well as past clients.
From their space inside Perimeter Place, the team at Salon 11 Studios strives to create an environment that could rival any chic New York salon. The modern decor certainly sets the tone—think dark hardwood floors and minimalist white seating—and the stylists do their part by performing custom treatments with products from Manhattan-based brand Bumble and bumble. In addition to cuts, they perform highly-nuanced color services, reaching for ammonia-free formulas, semi-permanent pastels, or products formulated especially for blonds. Styling services are just as fun, and can encompass anything from pin up styles to messy, beachy waves.
In addition to the salon, the business hosts an onsite spa where practitioners perform waxing, facials, and airbrush tanning. After their appointments, clients can also visit the boutique to pick up Bumble and bumble products or peruse a selection of apparel and handbags, which they can use to carry their old out-dated hairstyles home with them.
G Salon and Spa's seasoned stylists and aestheticians wield quality products from such brands as Dermalogica and Davines to gussy up clients' manes and skin. Five levels of stylists slice and condition hair, as master colorists harness decades of experience to skillfully infuse locks with vibrant hues. Equally adept aestheticians perform a slate of skin treatments to battle facial foes such as acne, sensitivity, and premature aging.
When they're not busy constructing runway-ready manes for fashion shows or magazine-reading tournaments, stylists man stations amid the salon's earth-toned color palette, which pairs glossy hardwood floors with rich brown and sky-blue walls. Candles flicker in the serene massage room, where a licensed therapist personalizes Swedish and deep-tissue techniques.
Not everyone can say an Emmy-nominated celebrity stylist does their hair, but the clients of Charles Gregory do. Charles was recognized as head of the hair department on HBO's Emmy-nominated original film Lackawanna Blues, a position he has also held on numerous Tyler Perry films. With such commercial success, it’s not surprising that celebrities such as Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, and Raven-Symoné have also flocked to his talents.
Today, after years spent teaching, medal-winning, makeup-academy-founding, and star-styling, Charles pilots his own salon’s team, which includes hairstylists, a massage therapist, and aestheticians that provide facials, microdermabrasion, waxing, and makeup application. In addition to cutting and coloring, the salon’s stylists can also apply extensions and weaves made from real human hair.
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Drawing on nearly three decades of coif clipping experience, Michael Azar helms a staff of experienced stylists behind the walls of a homey brick building. White, backlit shelves display high-end products, such as Goldwell and Pureology, a comprehensive color-care system made with vegan botanicals free of pesticides and harsh chemicals. While some stylists craft new coiffures with the latest techniques and adorn visages with shimmering layers of Mirabella makeup, others twirl tresses into bridal updos and extract unwanted hairs from the faces, bikini lines, and beach-bound kiwifruit with warm wax. Anne Marie, the salon's resident massage therapist, mends muscles with hot-stone, Hawaiian lomi lomi, and deep-tissue massages, and unblocks sound sensors with ear-candling therapy.:m]]
"As artists," writes Helmet founder Randy Addison, "we wouldn't want to sculpt something only to have someone else paint it." This sums up the salon's start-to-finish approach to salon treatments—the stylists and colorists are one and the same. They transform clients' manes in a laid-back, welcoming environment that allows the staff to focus solely on creating flattering coiffures tailored to the needs of the head on which they rest. Armed with products from Aveda and Bumble and bumble, they snip, shape, blow-out, and color locks with aplomb. The team views each hairstyle as a collaboration between patron and stylist, brought to life through the latter's vision, skill, and shears, and the former's personality, features, and ability to sit still in a chair.