The expert tress tamers on the New Talent Team at Richard Joseph SalonSpa—Birmingham magazine's 2011 Best of Birmingham winner—snip, style, and color locks with Aveda products. After stylists consult with clients on whether to go for a classic cut or an avant-garde clip, a clarifying and stress-relieving shampoo massages scalps while gently cleansing manes. Next, a stylist reduces hair density and molds follicles into face-framing devices. With the full-color or highlights option, Aveda Hair Color’s 97% naturally derived formula revamps head gardens with vibrant color that either covers every strand or rewards specific locks for not harboring fugitive snakes. A complimentary 20-minute hand or foot massage relaxes appendages and adds a luxurious touch to the salon experience.
Pay a visit to a full-service salon such as Profiles Hair and Nail Studio, and vent your stress directly through the ducts on your fingers and toes. At Profiles, visitors can have a wide range of digits pampered, limited only by the number of phalanges they possess. With a complete manicure and pedicure ($60), the gracefulness of every hand or foot motion will be enhanced, from scratching chalkboards to poking holes in paper walls and using toenails to pry the tops off cans of sauerkraut. Using OPI and Essie polishes, one of Profile’s trio of experienced and friendly nail stylists will attend to your 10 palm fronds for half an hour, then commence a 60-minute pedicure that includes an organic-coconut-oil-fueled knee-high leg massage, leaving you cleaner than a freshly scrubbed bar of soap and trimmed more neatly than a doorframe.
Elements Hair Salon's licensed stylists precisely measure and cut strands of hair and breathe new life into manes with a conditioning treatment. In 45–60 minutes, a veteran tress specialist analyzes facial features before carving a dazzling new headpiece out of the block of undifferentiated hair perched atop clients' craniums. A blowout then gives strands a silky finish that looks and feels as smooth as a bowler hat filled with marbles. Clients can add a healthy sheen to dry or listless hair for four to six weeks with a high-gloss conditioning treatment that can be added on to a cut or enjoyed for its own, vitamin-rich sake.
The list of services at Diana's Salon showcase a variety of hair services in a warm and chic salon environment. Place your head in the hands of one of Diana's skilled stylists, and prepare to undergo anything from a basic haircut ($27 for men, $45+ for women) to a dramatic perm ($70+) and virgin texturizers or relaxers ($100+). Add dimension to a dreary 'do by using this Groupon toward a partial crown-foil-treatment around your cranium ($65+). Aspiring homecoming queens or anyone aspiring to play one on TV can treat their tresses to radiance that surpasses crown-limits with a full foil (starting at $95). If you have a head of dry follicular fettuccini but little time to look up at-home recipes, stop by Diana's on a lunch break for a 30-minute damage-remedy treatment ($25) and leave with luscious, buttery angel-hairs.
Wynn Hair & Nail Spa eases stressed tresses with expert snips, vibrant color care, and cleansing products, all administered or applied by astute stylists. Ease into a cushioned seat and drop your heavy head in the savvy hands of a strand savant who'll first gently massage fragrant Pureology shampoo and conditioner into your noggin fringe before trimming away split ends, outdated style, and freeloading yarn impersonators (women's cuts start at $35). Or perpetuate holiday cheer by hanging new Morgan Ashley colors on your mug's mantle ($60 and up). View a full list of hair services here.