DuVall’s School of Cosmetology epitomizes hands-on education. Though students do spend time in the classroom, most of their training is spent in the 11,900-square-foot school’s salon and spa, where they perform a roster of services on real people under the guidance of their instructors. Cosmetology students shampoo and cut hair, add length with extensions, and add hue with highlights. Students partake of elite training from instructors versed in the Sassoon method, a system honed by Vidal Sassoon himself during his more than 50 years as a top stylist. Meanwhile, aspiring aestheticians perform facials with products crafted by Dermalogica, a skincare brand that is produced without such common skin irritants as artificial colors, fragrances, and puns. Those outside of the training program can also take advantage of the school's pedigree by basking in carefully mastered beauty services performed by students at a fraction of standard salon prices.
Wielding handpicked products from renowned brands such as Wella, Sebastian, and Moroccanoil, the staff at Salon Cheveux shape clients’ hair confidently and artistically. Veteran hair designers Bob and Sheila Freudiger lead the professionals in performing services from formal updos for weddings to designer waves for more stylish cheering at baseball games.
Great Clips harnesses the vast resources of a national salon chain to provide personalized, professional styling services to follicle frolickers near and far. Wild wigs are brought to bear by highly trained hair tamers who also serve as style guides through the often-intimidating tonsorial jungle, answering customers' questions about hair trends and maintenance. A socially responsible company, Great Clips also hosts haircut-a-thons, bake sales, and baked haircut sale-a-thons to benefit charities, including the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Ronald McDonald House.
Toshia Chayil Chanokhavi believes in the power of transcendence. As the owner of Hair Extension Room, she empowers women to go beyond the possibilities of their natural hair with custom extensions, wigs, and feather fittings. HER proprietary HER line, which features 100% human hair, extends tresses up to 14 inches for an elongated silhouette or an upcoming Tesla coil demonstration. Along with hair lengthening, Toshia’s studio also deftly executes traditional salon services, including haircuts, coloring, and straightening.
Elixir Salon & Day Maker's stylists add texture to hair with an unconventional substance?marshmallow. Marshmallow root, that is. It's one of the many botanically based Aveda lotions, oils, and creams the salon favors. Their makeups, for example, might be made from Brazilian nut-seed pigment, cinnamon from Madagascar, or the anti-oxidants of ripe berries.
But amid the bazaar of natural products, one still finds the sleek plastic casing of modern technology. Elixir's signature HeadMapping process applies highlights systematically, while the microdermabrasion smoothes away signs of age with a crystal wand. Continuous education keeps the stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists abreast of the latest trends and techniques in their fields without calling a psychic hotline.
From her station at Sean Lauren Salon, stylist Denea Bitner transforms appearances with a range of professional salon services. To accompany her custom haircuts, she treats clients to deep-conditioning treatments that keep hair healthy, and color treatments that complement skin tone and ensure a new role in a Spice Girls tribute band. For special events, she can add a dose of glamor by sweeping hair into dramatic updos.