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.
Inside Sanctuary, certified cut-and-color specialists highlight a menu of services that deals exclusively in hair solutions, keeping up appearances with designer clips and snips, keratin treatments, damaged-hair repair, and color correction. Submit your locks to be shaped and handled by a stylist ($30–$70), or achieve an extra-straight style with a blow dry ($25–$40). A shine treatment helps heads of hair reignite their burnt-out halos ($30), and a single-process color amps up blandly burnished strands ($50+). Customers can also opt to use today's Groupon to buy a bigger treat for follicles, such as full-foil highlights ($100–$165) or a hat made of maple syrup.
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.
Employing more than 35 years of experience and knowledge of current trends, Fran S. Pala transforms outdated coiffures into trendsetting styles with an array of services. Patrons can keep doppelgängers on their toes with a new cut and style ($35+), or challenge Mother Nature with a full color overhaul ($60+). A men’s cut ($19+) saves hours of photoshopping work on family pictures, while a special-occasion style ($45+) preps clients for last-minute elopements. Pala, who regularly attends inspiration-catalyzing continuing-education classes, books appointments Tuesday–Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.