As a child, Carmen Honaker liked to style the hair of her Barbie dolls. Now an adult, Carmen has graduated to cutting and styling the different textures and types of hair of her human clients. Carmen believes in keeping hair healthy and uses Paul Mitchell and Joico products with each cut and color.
Clients walking into La Bella Delle Rose Salon might sense a warm, personal aesthetic shaping the styling studio, even if they don't know that the dark-wood reception desk was hand-built by the owner's father. Sherbet-colored walls backdrop ice-cream-themed decorations, a popcorn machine commingles with the coffeemaker in the waiting area, and a manicure station recalls a fortune-teller's table with its scarlet damask draping. While basking in Pureology hair treatments or being prepped for weddings and other landmark occasions, guests sit beneath studio lighting, which helps them tell stylists apart from IRS agents.
Licensed cosmetologist Tyger McClendon specializes in transforming locks with extensions and layer cutting. She does so with products from brands by Paul Mitchell, Joico, and Nairobi. In addition to styling heads of hair, Tyger also tends to eyebrow hairs with waxing and tinting services, and bolsters lashes with silk extensions.
For more than 14 years, Studio Selfish's managing manicurist Katrina has followed her passion for beauty. She spruces up fingers and toes through a variety of manicure services using OPI polishes and no-chip gel coats with glitter. She also prettifies faces with eyelash application, makeup, or waxing services.
Though their talents are as diverse as their tools—which include products from Bumble and bumble, Wella, OPI, and Dermalogica—the stylists and beauty experts at SalonBlu share a single mission: to enhance their clients’ natural beauty. The expert stylists customize cuts for heads all shapes and sizes and add luster to hair with infusions of proteins culled from plants and sustainably harvested granola bars. On the other side of the salon, skincare specialists beautify visages with facial treatments that range from peels to microdermabrasions and nail technicians brush on chip-resistant shellac polish and apply artificial nails. The full-service salon also hosts a team of massage therapists, that shoos away stress with five different modalities, including an express scalp massage and a more intensive chakra-balancing treatment.
SalonBlu permeates its studio space with royal-blue styling chairs, punctuated with blond woods, black-and-white photography, and a sleek, chrome coffee machine that keeps guests from falling asleep by telling riveting stories about its time as the personal coffeemaker to Gerald Ford.
A dedicated team transforms drab hairdos and slathers freshly manicured nails in Shellac polish in The Beauty Boutique's relaxed, trendy space. Clients unwind in sleek brown salon chairs surrounded by lofted ceilings, wood floors, shimmering gold mirrors, and vintage-looking styling stations. Delicate chandeliers illuminate walls lined with exposed brick and sepia-toned portraits, which remind visitors of earlier eras in American history when the government had to ration colors.