Pure Essence Salon's team of style savants metamorphose messy mops using organic hair products, including the GMO- and preservative-free Shear Miracles line. During a men's or women's haircut, a shampoo purges scalps of dirt, oil, and Nutella before a blow-dry wafts locks into place. A pneumatic leather chair ensconces clients as coiffeurs snip, shear, and finally style strands into trendy new ’dos. Alternatively, a keratin treatment with formaldehyde- and paraben-free KeraGreen formula can smooth stubborn frizzies until they're as sleek as an otter wearing a leather jacket. The two- to four-hour process begins with a special shampoo to prep hair for absorption, followed by keratin application across 4–6 sections of neatly parted tresses. After manes soak up proteins such as collagen, l-cysteine, and the tears of Hulk Hogan, beauticians seal in shine with a flatiron.
Although Luxe's stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians dedicate themselves to soothing and pampering clients, green business practices remain one of their highest priorities. They seek out organic skincare and haircare product lines for their shelves and utilize eco-friendly tricks to reduce their waste and pollutant production. This ecological sensibility lends even more of a contemporary air to the 5,000-square-foot spa, with its modern, armchair-like wash stations, Italian-designed spa equipment, and holographic receptionist. The menu of services at Luxe is far-reaching and even includes a "just for men" section; among other things, the staff can style tresses, massage overstressed muscles, and rejuvenate faces with vitamin- and antioxidant-rich skincare products.
After studying with prestigious leaders in the hair styling field and serving as the artistic director for Randy Rick Hair Concepts, Cari Nelson learned firsthand that the best stylists are the ones who can effectively fuse artistry with professionalism and problem solving. Adopting these qualities within herself, she sought out other imaginative, yet disciplined scissor wielders to staff her very own salon. Today, she and her team of master designers and seasoned veterans build relationships with clients as they craft flattering coiffures sure to impress onlookers. When Nelson isn't stationed atop her studio's black-and-white floors, she leads trainings and takes advantage of shadowing opportunities.
Stylist Leslie Martin works with clients to unleash vibrant, trendy new looks. After guests take a seat at her station, she plies them with complimentary drinks and snacks before determining the best course of action. From there, she can trim tresses into face-flattering shapes or bestow them with dynamic hues.