Most Popular Service: Haircuts
Brands Used: Redken, Aveda, Brazilian Blowout
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
When and how did you first realize you wanted to be involved in hair styling?
When I was 22, I realized hairstyling was something I had always enjoyed doing.
The sweet irony of becoming a stylist is that no matter how good you are, you can never give yourself a haircut. What do you look for in a stylist when you need a trim?
Someone who listens and is knowledgable.
If the apocalypse ever comes, what low-maintenance hairstyle would you recommend for the foraging person on-the-go?
A pixie cut.
The students at Winonah School of Cosmetology hone their shampooing, coloring, and skincare talents during professional, hands-on training classes. They sharpen their scissor skills under the watchful supervision of licensed instructors, snipping away split ends and crafting flattering new ‘dos with confidence and precision. They also learn to navigate the chemical waters of perms and relaxers, in addition to extension installation and updos.
Dragonfly Salon on 7th's highly trained stylists have plenty of room to craft highfalutin hairstyles beneath the arching cathedral ceiling. The superairy salon emanates a posh ambiance—gilt-framed mirrors frame newly cropped or colored hairdos, and art-deco sconces emit a skin-flattering golden light.
Stylists take pride in their title as an Aveda concept salon. Aveda's mostly natural haircare products use ingredients such as wheat protein and organic essential oils to tame manes without harming the environment. Herbs such as rosemary and lavender also scent mani-pedis.
Like its name suggests, True Colors Salon helps clients express themselves through vibrant hair color. Stylist Grace Smolin is particularly adamant about finding the perfect color for a client's skin tone and eye shade because she always wants hair to look as natural as possible. This might mean blending chocolate highlights—never platinum—into brunette hair to add dimension and even leaving a blond's roots a little darker to make it look like she was born with that color. Grace also creates modern cuts and straightens hair with keratin treatments, which can keep hair frizz-free for up to five months.
Jamie A-D began his career as a professional makeup artist in 1996, but soon wished to expand his artistry to "the entire person," as he states on his Facebook page. He now does this through a variety of cosmetic services, beautifying clients with haircuts, natural eyelash extensions, and brow waxings. Like a good self-help book or successful exorcism, it's all a part of "bring[ing] to the surface what already exists within," says Jamie—something he's done at everything from hairstyling competitions to anime and gaming conventions.
The Hair Dashery has dutifully kept all types of hair in line for more than 30 years with a deluxe menu of styling services. Its skilled stylists can craft voluminous layers, sew in weaves, or straighten strands with relaxers. The salon also provides services for those experiencing hair loss, using the American Cancer Society–certified hair-loss specialist it has on hand. Clients may also solicit an aesthetician for a makeup application, lash extensions, or a durable coat of Shellac nail polish.