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
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.
Industrie Hairdressing founders Holly Tignor and Mary Cahill Garrard are a natural match. Aside from having similar career trajectories—they each got their starts in the early 90s before developing their skills on the artistic team at U.K.-based Toni&Guy—the two share an ambitious streak that led them to establish Creating Beauty, a three-tiered company that consists of two concept salons and a hairdressing academy.
At Industrie Hairdressing, the idea is to draw inspiration from all forms of art and design using an approach to styling that's as freeform as the episode of Jeopardy! where Alex Trebek had to improvise all the clues. During sessions, stylists grouped into five levels based on experience and education consult with their clients to create styles that best suit the client's lifestyle and face shape. They do this by drawing on a full line of Bumble and Bumble products.