Matrix colorist and artistic educator Christy Tumlin sees red a lot. It is her specialty color when transforming her clients’ manes with hair dye. Not one to shy away from cutting-edge trends, she adds peekaboo highlights with cobalt-blue dye or swirls resembling DNA strands with hair-stencil designs. She is also quite comfortable shearing off overgrown locks with scissors and removing unwanted brow or lip hair with warm wax.
Salon Concepts connects talented stylists with private suites where they can tend to tresses and soothe skin in a peaceful environment. Services and pricing vary by location, with an array of beautifying treatments abounding across the network like bunnies on a verdant spring catwalk. Seventeen participating aestheticians are armed with a pack of prettification options such as cut-and-color combos from experienced colorist Brent Bauer at Salon Concepts Oakley ($60–$175) or body waxing ($10+) under the gentle hands of Randy Jackson at Salon Concepts Florence. Check in for a noninvasive frown-removal procedure with a facial expert ($35+) or a stress-melting massage ($35+) from Erlinda Griffin at Salon Concepts Montgomery.
Servicing clients for more than 41 years, Identity Hair Salon and Spa's menu of services helps them create new aesthetic personas via French pedicures, braided hair extensions, or Latisse lash-growth treatments. Inside, Dr. Marie Meyers enhances appearances by performing a variety of beautification services, such as laser hair removal and IPL photofacials. The multi-faceted salon and spa attracts a range of clients, including men eager to evict renegade hairs encroaching on their backs. Alternatively, microdermabrasion, Botox, and facial fillers can transform faces that are on the run from a sinister cabal of stamp collectors.
The founder of Beyond Beauty Skin Care always knew she was interested in running a company. She helped her parents at their family business for 10 years before realizing there was still something missing, though. An aesthetic license, which she received in 2002, filled that gap. She could then work closely with people, helping them reach individual beauty goals. To help them towards those goals, she spent several years in a high-end spa learning techniques for combating the signs of age that occur naturally over the years. She can also bring to bear a combination of techniques, from alternative medicine to more traditional microdermabrasion, against acne, hyper pigmentation, and rosacea. Companies such as PCA, Skinceuticals, Obagi, Guinot, and others help equip her for this work.
With hairstylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians joining the nail technicians on staff, The Nail Spot Spa & Lounge has established itself as a comprehensive spa whose scope extends far beyond fingers and toes. Nail technicians administer subtle mani-pedis or paint ornate designs, including animal prints, modified french tips, shimmering marble patterns, and jewel-centered flowers. Beneath billowing curtains, a spread of crimson and gold throw pillows line a cushioned recess, from which clients dangle their feet in baths filled with river stones for solo and couples pedicures. The baths are built into platforms inlaid with mosaic tiles, their claw feet lost throughout the years of their species’s evolution. In the hairstyling room, periwinkle walls and a black-and-white portrait of Audrey Hepburn offer a cool, crisp contrast to the warm scarlet-hued nail area.
The staff at Bamboo Salon & Spa Cinci cultivates lavish looks and relaxed spirits. This process begins on massaging pedicure thrones, where nail artists use aromatherapy oils and hydrotherapy to shape and polish fingers and toes. Skin care experts offer anti-aging facials that reinvigorate complexions, and hairstylists craft sleek haircuts and emblazon them with highlights and color. On massage tables, therapists loosen gridlocked muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue massage treatments.
When she entered the beauty industry 30 years ago, Shari Renfro dreamed of channeling her creative energy into her own salon, where she could help clients to create new looks and rebuild their damaged strands. After a decade of hard work and dedication, she actualized her aspirations and opened Giggles on Main, where today she leads a staff of Aveda– and Framesi–trained stylists. The team softens and enriches strands by introducing rich botanicals and vibrant coloring formulas rather than marshmallow fluff. When they aren't arranging manes, staff members happily perform facials, Aveda mani-pedis, and Opi polishes.