Owner and stylist Beckie Martin greets guests at Gold Star Salon and Spa with a simple message—a rhinestone decal's glittering curves that spell out, "You look gorgeous." Inside, large photographs of Marilyn Monroe gaze out between silver mirrors and cherry-red dressers at each hairstyling station, occasionally winking at clients when Martin has her back turned. Her capable hands mix complex corrective color treatments and fashion updos for special events and weddings, ushering those anticipating their big day to the glōminerals station for a makeover. A dedicated team lends its expertise to her effort, treating locks to Biolage haircare products and polishing finger and toe tips in OPI lacquer. A massage therapist employs eight types of bodywork to ease injuries and calm minds into a meditative state, and reaches for smooth stones, aromatic oils, and salt scrubs to augment her healing touch.
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BrowGal's Stefanee Kelley holds a small metal ruler up to your face and soaks in the view. After summing up your features, she deftly tweezes out stray hair to reveal two smooth, strong arches that give focus to eyes, cheekbones, and lips. Her sense of proportion has been honed during nearly two decades as a cosmetologist, a career that led her to work alongside luminaries Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy, and Bobbi Brown. The influence of these women is clear in her technique and style, which she describes on her website as "natural and fresh-looking," following Kelley's rules of never tweezing from the top and never tweezing vicariously by removing hair from the nearest mammal. Kelley also isn't afraid of hair, and will fill in sparse eyebrows with BrowGal's signature line of powders. "I'm a fan of thicker brows, because they make you look younger," she told the Oxford Eagle in a 2006 interview.
Thick eyebrows also signify good health, a truth Kelley confronted while volunteering for Look Good Feel Better with the American Cancer Society. According to At Home In Memphis, her father's battle with cancer inspired her to join the program and give cosmetology lessons and makeovers, particularly brow enhancements, to oncology patients. Today, she continues to lend her expertise to women enrolled in Look Good Feel Better, and has expanded BrowGal's menu to include waxing and permanent makeup, which gives enduring beauty to those without the means to maintain their look.
The team at Anella Spa offers an array of services, from nourishing facials with peels and masks to body waxing and makeup applications for a night on the town. No matter the service, clients can count on receiving individualized attention, customized to their own skincare needs. Anella Spa's aestheticians pride themselves on getting to know each client and not only providing personalized treatments, but also offering education to help clients take better care of their skin. In addition to services that take place at the spa, the aestheticians often provide their clients with take-home kits to maintain a healthy complexion for easy upkeep between appointments.
Anella Spa maintains an inclusive environment, treating all skin types from sensitive to couperose. This is often completed with natural products, though a vacuum can be used to better skin in some cases. The spa also carries Dermafile, a skin polishing and resurfacing tool which uses finely crushed diamonds, effective for treating aging or sun damaged skin, scars, uneven pigmentation, stretch marks, and fine lines. Through these treatments, Anella Spa aims to enhance natural beauty.
Kd—or KD da Barber, as he prefers to be called—specializes in styling men's hair. Like a proper artisan, the owner of Styles by KD da Barber, uses the tools of his trade—in this case, clippers—to create neat, short styles accented by intricate patterns and designs. Though he's way into coloring hair, twisting out dreadlocks, and sculpting eyebrows, the artwork is his favorite part of the job. Using clippers and a trained eye for flair, he buzzes intricate images that range from names and sports logos to more abstract patterns, such as swirls, spikes, or even the zig-zag of a Richter Scale readout.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Haircut and designs
Brands Used: Design Essentials
Time is short and hairstyles often take a lot of upkeep, but Rootz offers a few simple solutions. All the hair treatments here are quick-fix services, meant for those unkempt stretches between haircut appointments or when you can't get to your regular salon. The helpful treatments include root touchups, gloss treatments, toner, and if you've got time to spare, even balayage highlights. The team serves wine or tea during every service, which makes the experience of getting your brows, lips, or chin threaded more comfortable. The free do-it-yourself blow-dry station is another way services stay speedy, helping anyone quickly style their own hair or feel a rush of hot air just for the heck of it.