Justine Ross' clients sometimes arrive with a photograph. Often the chic hairstyle on the celebrity's head may not look as attractive simply transplanted onto someone else. Adjustments have to be made for a person's features, hair type, and other variables before the hairstyle will look right. And sometimes, the eight-year veteran stylist explains, it won't work at all—such as when someone with tightly curled hair seeks dead-straight locks. Justine feels her ability to communicate such hair-related complexities is a tremendous asset to her work as a hairstylist and her night job as Sasquatch’s psychotherapist. "I don't talk about myself," she says, preferring to spend styling sessions learning about the client's daily routine and sense of style. The focus on the customer allows Justine to ascertain further what kind of look she should bestow, weighing such factors as whether the person is a wash-and-go type and what level of maintenance is preferred. In the end, the San Diego–trained stylist says, "I want to make people feel good … make the experience about them."
Owner and barber Trevor Hill shears locks and shaves jaws with a sure hand at this classic barbershop. An old soul at heart, the young barber hearkens back to sepia-tinted times with his straight-razor shaves and Spartan atmosphere. A vintage red leather barber’s seat hoists customers in the center of the room, and a pair of battle-worn boxer’s gloves hangs from the mirror, adding grit and preparedness in the case of pugilistic chin follicles.
Lori Dennis attaches three titles to her name: licensed aesthetician, certified laser technician, and certified permanent-makeup artist. She studied extensively to snatch up these certifications, learning how to blend products and palliatives to perfectly complement skin chemistry, different skin types, and rubber president masks.
At Muse Salon & Spa, Lori leverages her knowledge to help clients achieve their desired look. She's a master of resurfacing treatments—particularly microdermabrasion and chemical peels—and excels at delivering personalized results with facials and permanent makeup. She's a loyal supporter of Image Skincare, integrating its paraben-free, pharmaceutical-grade products into nearly every treatment.
Polly Minder received her cosmetologist’s license eight years ago and honed her chops at nationally recognized salons before finally landing at Muse Salon and Spa. At Hair by Polly at Muse Salon and Spa, she fashions hairstyles with professional techniques and an artistic vision, appropriating chic hair designs with cuts and colors that emphasize each client’s most sultry features and most transparent swimming caps. Polly approaches nailcare with the same spirited approach; her manicures and pedicures can turn even the most disheveled digits into clean, polished nails.
The body sugaring method of hair removal is The Wicked Hair's specialty. A mixture of organic cane sugar, lemon juice, and water creates an effective alternative to wax, and, finally, is also a hair-removal option you can eat. Both men and women can nix fuzz with the gentle, long-lasting treatment, whether they wish to manicure their eyebrows, chin, chest, or nether regions. Along with body sugaring, the Wicked Hair staffers conduct color discovery sessions, which pinpoint the wardrobe and makeup color schemes best suited to individual clients, as well as 90-minute educational facials, which teach clients how to give themselves salon-quality facials at home.
Nestled in Latah Plaza in downtown Boise, Plush Hair Lounge features modern digs where professional stylists tend to the tresses of men and women. The experts cut and style manes, adding further adjustments with highlights, full-color treatments, and extensions with Remy Human Hair. Nail technicians are also available to transform dull fingers and toes with manicures, acrylics, and Shellac pedicures, which resist the chipping that often results from everyday activities such as kicking insubordinate Roombas.