After years of working at other salons, stylist Lisa Mayo Wilfong decided to venture out on her own, and opened Cutting Image Salon in New York?s East Village. To her delight, the three-chair salon earned tons of positive press in New York Magazine, Beauty News NYC, and the coloring book of her niece. So in 2007, she and her husband Stephen introduced the brand to North Carolina markets. The concept?high-fashion services at reasonable prices?was a big hit and led to the salon?s new slogan, ?NYC Style at NC Prices.? Today, the L?Oreal Professionnel salon operates out of three North Carolina locations. Junior, senior, and master stylists offer haircuts, coloring treatments, and chemical relaxers, all backed by a satisfaction guarantee.
Students at Paul Mitchell the School Gastonia learn techniques cultivated by the widely acclaimed brand that has received many honors, including mentions in Esquire, Seventeen, and Allure magazines. The school’s pupils beautify clients with a host of services, including haircuts, color treatments, perms, and updos that match the ice sculptures you saw at your cousin’s wedding.
A strong believer that laughter and spirited conversation play as important a role in its guests’ salon experience as the skills of its stylists, Classic Salon’s talented staff goes out of its way to make each patron feel welcome. Sporting their signature smiles, the coiffeur experts deploy high-quality styling products from brands including Redken, Keune, and Joico as they transform lackluster strands into radiant 'dos. Amid the rhythmic clips of scissors and the soothing hum of hairdryers, stylists perform chic feats of coiffing via services that include everything from colorful foils to bang trims that keep hair and overgrown thought bubbles from obstructing sightlines.
William Henry Salon boasts more than 60 years of tress-trimming expertise. Stylists perform a slew of hair-helping services for men ($17+), women ($30+), kids ($15+, aged 10 and under), and lifelike Chia Pets, all with the aid of upscale products from Redken and Pureology. The salon wields a line of fancy follicle fixes such as the frizz-banishing keratin treatment, which smoothes strands and varies in cost depending on hair length and density ($200+). Visitors can also opt to transform looks with all-over color ($70+), a wave-making treatment ($70+), or a classy updo, perfect for summer weddings, graduations, or black-tie pig pickings ($45+).
With padded lime-green chairs lounging on a pillared porch that runs the length of a two-story, century-old wooden house in Dilworth, Folicle could easily be mistaken for a bed and breakfast at first glance. Though they can’t stay the night, guests are encouraged to stop and rest awhile as stylists and aestheticians snip, shade, and smooth their hair, shape their nails, or unknot their muscles amid floor-to-ceiling mirrors that reflect honey wood floors.
Globetrotting salon CEO Edward Woody shares expertise garnered from training with Vidal Sassoon, Aveda, and the Netherlands’ Keune and a sense of style honed while designing dos for Badgley Mischka, Ellen Tracy, and the fashion spreads of several magazines. Visitors who catch his ear may find him ready to point out the salon’s eco-friendly features, such as a shampoo-area floor made from recycled tennis shoes and furniture made from banana plants whose monkeys had already abandoned them.
Que Blankenship, owner of Plush Hair Lounge, keeps her eye on a wide variety of sources for inspiration, from couture catwalks to classic starlets to edgy urban settings. Whatever the look, she works to make it accessible to her clients' lifestyles by selecting flattering hues, enhancing the hair?s natural motion with cuts, and sculpting styles that stay sultry with little attention. Before stylists begin any treatment, they make good on the promise implicit in Plush Hair Lounge?s name by providing customers with a complimentary glass of wine and a scalp massage whose motions mimic the brain waves produced by dreams about cuddling a cloud. When Que and her staff aren't subduing frizz with keratin treatments, lengthening locks with extensions, or crafting special-occasion updos for proms and weddings, they teach clients how to keep their hair healthy with at-home regimens.