Daphne Hutton’s enthusiasm is obvious––even before the first snip. Each session begins with a private facial analysis, wherein she gets to know the client, discusses needs, and helps choose a flattering style. Then the transformation happens. Two decades of experience guide her as she sculpts sleek layers and decorates with color highlights. Guests can also solicit Daphne for a facial wax or retreat to a private room for bodywork session with the salon’s certified massage therapist, Tara Stoner.
Cited by Vogue as the mastermind behind the now-iconic “beach hair” look, stylist Kevin Murphy travels the world crafting new hair designs. Despite this, his presence looms like a friendly but no-nonsense ghost at BeauImáge Salon. The salon’s six stylists use his eponymous line of hair products, as well as products from L’Oréal, to style creative cuts, elevate updos, and finish coloring sessions. Their services extend beyond hair, though. Two nail techs brighten digits with acrylic nails or Shellac polish, which refuses to chip even when hands are stuck in the mouth of a hungry pug.
Like two peas in a pod, Shear Bliss Studios owners Annalise and Whitney stand side by side as they twirl and curl strands into traditional and trendy hair ‘dos. As a certified colorist and TIGI-trained stylist, Annalise transforms dull locks with color, from warm chestnut brown to neon hot pink, and Whitney brings her vast knowledge of dry cutting techniques and precision highlights to the salon chair. To ensure clients rejoice in their new styles, both ladies take the time to listen to salon-goers before helping them reach their beauty goals within the teal-, pink-, and purple-hued walls of the spacious beauty haven.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Haircut and color
Brands Used: Paul Mitchell color
Brands Used: Matrix for retail
The talented staff at Rock Barbers cultivate and manage modern men's manes in a comfortable, guy-friendly environment. A full panel of hair-based services begins with a shampoo, which lathers heroic heads of hair with crime-fighting cleansing powers before scissors and a skilled hand trim away at loose ends, revealing an attractive, sleeker skull. Free indentured follicles from nosebleed views with a neck shave, and allow the epidermis to explore the atmosphere with a newfound sense of self. A final rinse and style solidify the look, releasing you to an admiring public that will grab bonbons and a recliner chair just to watch you walk by.
Combining keen aesthetic intuition with professional-grade products and equipment, the stylists at Front Street Hair Studio use an arsenal of techniques to create changing, energetic new looks for their clients. They begin each appointment with a thorough consultation, determining how anything from a quick trim to a full head of highlights will accentuate a client's best features, even if their best features are solving integral and differential equations. From there, the stylists tend to tresses using Aquage shampoos and styling products—made using nutrient-rich blends of organic seaweeds and algae—as well as vibrant coloring formulas by Wella.