Robin Ford tends to hands and feet at Expression Salon alongside a staff of other nail technicians and hairstylists. While she works, staff members dole out a wealth of beauty treatments—from haircuts and color services to facials, waxing, spray tans, and gel manicures. Stylists use products by Thermafuse, L'Oréal Professionnel, and Kenra. The salon's coral-colored walls and punchy green accents surround visitors, along with free WiFi and our collective unconscious.
It’s 2008 and Tobie Theis is thinking about her next move. For 15 years she’s been sharpening her hair- and nail-styling skills while working in a number of different salons. But, she wants the autonomy to fulfill her potential and make her vision for a salon real. Together with her husband Joe, the two set off to finally achieve a mutual lifelong dream: owning their own salon.
Since that bold step, Tobie has overseen the blossoming of Eden's Apple Salon & Day Spa into a full-service beauty oasis that offers everything from haircuts and extensions to massages and tanning. Within three months, Tobie and Joe had completely renovated the interior of the salon, filling it out with arched thresholds, shelves full of salon products, and a wall-sized mural of a beautiful woman. In time, her team also grew, now including eight hairstylists, two aestheticians, a licensed massage therapist, a nail technician, and the woman in the mural—whose large eyes can spot any aesthetic imperfections.
Curly-hair specialist Michelle Newkirk opened Hair Designers to cut, color, and straighten hair on men, women, and children. Surrounded by a brick fireplace, large windows, and plenty of sunlight, she warmly welcomes guests who sink into the salon's black leather seats. Equipped with Deva Curl products to add bounce to curls and certified in the Japanese hair straightening system to smooth unruly locks, Michelle will work to achieve any hair-based request.
The Big Funky Hair Salon welcomes clients with vintage furniture and a homey, residential vibe. Stylists use these quirky accents as their muse when crafting custom cuts and colors to fit each individual's features. A team of skincare pros works alongside them, cleansing complexions with facials and waxing away unwanted hair from upper lips, bikini zones, and legs. Meanwhile, nail techs pamper hands and feet with relaxing mani-pedis and decorate nails with custom designs that include ribbons, feathers, and whimsical renderings of social-security numbers.
Tropical Waves Salon evokes an island paradise, from the exotic plants and greenery throughout the space to its decor, which includes wicker furniture and oversized flip-flops that hang on the salon's sand-colored walls. The hairstylists can produce beach-ready looks, too, from gilded highlights to spiral perms. Tropical Waves also has skin and nail technicians on hand who offer pampering spa facials, swift hair removal, and mani-pedis complete with sea-salt exfoliation.
"Do you want to just cut hair or do you want to be a master stylist?" This is the question that JohnnyMatthew's Hairdressing Training Systems encourages students to ask themselves. The academy is an exclusively Paul Mitchell school piloted by two award-winning veterans of the industry, and they teach pupils who want to hone their craft. Students learn in classrooms and in the sun-flooded salon where they cut, color, and condition clients' dos.