Salon Renaud’s brick exterior and Doric columns make the salon appear like an inviting homestead, down to the rocking chairs on the front porch. Inside, clients will find a suitably homey atmosphere, where at the helm of her own workstation, stylist Michele deftly mixes bowls of hair dye and hammers freshly forged scissors on an anvil. Unwanted hair length falls to the floor during haircuts, revealing a head with chic layers, and conditioning treatments soften frizzy strands. Michele also offers quick scalp massages that add another level of relaxation to appointments.
Owner Janie Blunk and the beauty experts at Head to Toe Salon & Spa pamper their clients' hair, skin, and nails with a full menu of aesthetic services. In addition to haircuts, facials, and mani-pedis, they also beautify bods with specialty treatments such as permanent makeup, oxygen-infusion facials, and Victoria Morton's Suddenly Slender mineral body wraps. These wraps work to banish cellulite and wrinkles by detoxifying the body and tightening the skin, leaving you looking as smooth and soft as a newborn kitten.
• For $12, you get a haircut and style ($17.95 value) and deep-conditioning treatment ($10.95 value; a $28.90 total value). • For $30, you get a haircut and style ($17.95 value), partial highlights ($46 value), and a deep-conditioning treatment ($10.95 value; a $74.90 total value). A full-service salon for the whole family, Fantastic Sams has hair-savvy staff shearers that tame frazzled flax into more maintainable styles. All haircuts start with a soothing shampoo using Fantastic Sams' signature line of products intended to promote hair health and rid the cranium of laser-tag-related stresses. Whether clients plan to consult the stylist about face-flattering looks or replicate the head-hide of a favorite state senator, scissors-wielders snip and style ($17.95) each lock to match the desired look. Deep-conditioning treatments ($10.95) reach into locks’ recesses, infusing follicles with moisture as they wrestle four-square balls from playground bullies. Like a good movie of a classic novel, partial highlights ($46) introduce a subtle new hue but maintain the essence of the original.
Signature Service: Color, highlights and lowlights, haircut, blow-dry
Brands Used: Matrix, Paul Mitchell, Sexy Hair, and Shwartzkopf color
Staff Size: One person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Michelle Beckner is an artist who uses numerous media. At home, she redecorates furniture with van Gogh chalk paint, and at Sola Salon Studios, she transforms strands into stylish looks. In addition to executing masterful clipper cuts and vibrant color, Michelle specializes in sophisticated formal updos and multidimensional foil highlights.
In the comforting confines of the Art and Science of Hair salon, a tanning technician deftly administers spray tans completely by hand. Performing the service manually ensures an even and consistent tan for fall, winter, and summer months spent hibernating in the freezer. While you're at Art and Science, you can stick around and try out some of the salon's other services (for extra fees), which include haircuts, body-wraps, styling, and mani-pedis.
Mention Nail Salon is composed of 16 professional beauticians. The trio of nail technicians pampers hands and feet with soothing mani-pedis and covers timid talons with acrylics. The 13 stylists snip split ends, shave clean hairlines, and create luxurious layers and precise bangs. Haircuts range from classic to modern looks accented by highlights, lowlights, and neon lights.