What does it take to earn the title of AVEDA Lifestyle Salon Spa? A long list of criteria must be met, but many of the factors come down to one thing: education. For the team at Von Kekel, that means training with Global Masters at Aveda Institutes in London, New York, Minneapolis, and other cities across the world. At these institutes, the staff learns how to get the most out of Aveda's proprietary line of eco-friendly products, which derive 97% of their ingredients from plants.
All of that preparation occurs long before a client ever steps into one of Von Kekel's three locations. Here, the staffers administer salon and spa treatments with the essential oils and natural herbal ingredients of Aveda products. Whether for a haircut with highlights or a cleansing facial with a massage, each visit starts with a complimentary beverage and a consultation. The latter ensures clients get the most out of their chosen treatments, while the former helps meet the daily requirement for liquid-based relaxation.
It wouldn?t be misleading to use the word innovative when describing the unity of beauty and cocktails combined within the rustic environs of The Junction Salon & Bar. Indeed, the one-stop shop for looks and liquor hosts a cadre of talented stylists next to a full-service cocktail bar. Stylists flash shears and razors as they sculpt locks or treat dudely clients to barber-quality buzzes. While indulging their guests with a foot massage and shellac manicure, the staff invites clients to recline in pedi chairs and sip a mixed drink under the cozy glare of the exposed wooden ceiling beams that dominate the salon?s decor. Exposed-brick walls run throughout the warehouse-style space, working with the bar and the staff?s wry attitudes to create a casual, hip atmosphere from salon chair to bar stool. Beyond pouring out libations and OPI gel, The Junction?s team fills its truly innovative space with live music on occasion, meaning Diana Ross could get primped for her show, perform it, and celebrate it with drinks all in the same place, if she felt so inclined.
Elegant chandeliers hang like glowing teacups, providing lowlight for the spa's relaxing haircut and color treatments and a diverse array of indulgent services. Muscles melt beneath the firm pressure of Swedish and deep-tissue kneads, and relaxing facials hydrate and rehab complexions. Nail services are also available, including UV manicures with long-lasting gel polish and specialty solar nails, which are resistant to daily wear and falling meteors.
The masterful nail technicians at TrendZ Nail Design Studio pamper hands and feet with nail services conducted in semiprivate rooms, maintaining a clean and sterile environment with a pipe-free system of pedicure bowls. In addition to specialized menus just for men and girls aged 4–13, the spa offers waxing treatments that gently swipe away hair for bathing-suit-ready bodies. Unique variations such as the jelly pedicure spruce up classic treatments, freshening dull feet with moisturizing cream, softening aches with massages, and wrestling Twizzlers from clenched toes. When they aren’t busy filing away at cuticles or fortifying fingernails with gel polish, the salon’s staff fills glasses with beverages such as wine to induce further relaxation.