The Nails & More photo gallery explodes with more colors than a crayon box––but what's most impressive is the precision. Among the many literal thumbnail shots are tiny geometric shapes, repeating designs, as well as precisely applied solid shades for more subtle decoration. For long-lasting beauty, spa guests may also request durable Gelish polish, which can go up to two weeks without chipping.
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 stylists at Salon Bella keep their clients up to date on style trends with luxurious beauty services that include both haircare and nailcare. And the elegance doesn’t stop with their service menu. The salon is decorated with textured walls, rich fabrics, exposed brick, and sleek red and black furniture, with styling chairs situated in front of vintage-like dressers adorned with ornately framed mirrors that make everyone look like a young royalty.
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.
Escape Day Spa co-owners Carrie Wheelock and Alicia Liddon know how therapeutic a day at the spa can be. Wheelock, an experienced massage therapist, has witnessed the restoration and healing power of touch while both giving and receiving massages. Liddon, on the other hand, is not only an aesthetician, but also a wife and mother of three who understands the daily stressors of family life. Her passion for healthy skin has helped ground her and was her inspiration for opening her own skincare clinic.
At the spa's new location in Edgewood, the duo and their team perform treatments that range from multimodality massages and facials with organic Babor products to mother-of-pearl body scrubs and mani-pedis with vegan SpaRitual polish. They also create spa packages that allow romantic couples, pairs of best friends, or celebrities and their egos to enjoy chocolates and champagne while relaxing together.
Enlightened Master Stylist Richard Joseph often studies Zen Buddhist texts, drawing from their ancient teachings inspiration that helps him to blend fashion, beauty, art, and wellness. When presiding over his eponymous chain of salons, Richard adheres to one philosophy in particular: “the master in the art of living…pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing.” Richard’s continual pursuit of excellence has earned his full-service salons attention from publications such as About Town and Birmingham magazine. His stylists all wield award-winning Aveda products as they crop and color locks according to the latest trends. At the spa, aestheticians renew skin with a wide array of treatments for the face and body. They pop open Gaia’s medicine cabinet to fetch natural products such as Dead Sea salts, Sedona mud, seaweed masks, and peppermint oil.