No opportunity for relaxation is overlooked at Trouble Salon. Just inside the entrance, plush red couches laden with pillows sit behind a red curtain. Adding to this ambiance are modern paintings and the occasional lit candle. Hair services start at shampooing stations, where comfy massage chairs soothe muscles while the stylists do their work.
Once situated at the styling stations, clients continue to be put at ease by the staff's expertise in many areas of hair care. In addition to cuts, the beauty experts can add vivid highlights, smooth out hair with Brazilian Blowouts, or add extra inches with extensions, helping clients finally reach the hair-length requirements for roller coasters. The staff also includes aestheticians, who administer eyelash extensions or wax away unwanted hair from the face and underarms.
In the afternoon, Shamsi Salon fills with sunlight from the wide windows that overlook local rooftops. The beams travel across warm wooden floorboards until they hit a tiled mosaic that decorates the front lobby. Beyond the reception desk, staffers take their time trimming, styling, and coloring hair while chatting with their regular clients. The crew also carefully prunes unwanted body fuzz or dandelions blossoms using the ancient Persian technique of threading.
Master barbers fashion locks and sever dead ends with hair services performed inside Bull Locks Hair's old-fashioned, no-frills barbershop. Manly manes beef up with modern styles, flattops, fades, or military cuts accompanied by orders to drop and do 20. All men's cuts include a complimentary, hot-lather neck shave that removes stubble. The shop also cuts strands from the tops of female heads with precise shears-oriented maneuvers. Quick lites festoon hairdos with streaks from 6–10 foils, whereas full highlights cover the entire head with foils to enliven locks and enable clients to telepathically gossip with aliens.
The Anti-Age Spa at Leigh Ann's aestheticians wage an all-out war on aging, restoring taut, youthful-looking skin with the aid of FDA-approved treatments. In the 40- to 60-minute collagen-induction-therapy treatment, a medical-grade dermaroller trundles over the face and neck, creating micropunctures that allow the spa's therapeutic products and custom-made serums to penetrate deeper, much as perforating a baguette with a toothpick allows it to absorb Kool-Aid better than ever before. The dermaroller stimulates production of collagen and elastin, tightening skin, reducing fine lines, and minimizing wrinkles, resulting in immediate offers to host TV news broadcasts. The procedure requires minimal downtime, though patients may experience a few days to a week of tender facial skin and possible swelling. Patrons also receive 15 percent off retail skincare products at their appointment.
When you mix a learning program with a full-service salon and spa, you get The Salon Academy & Spa—a facility that’s been readying students for cosmetology careers since 1978. But don’t let this long history fool you into thinking the treatments here are dated. Students learn the latest trends, such as how to reduce frizz with Brazilian Blowout treatments or boost vibrancy with L’Oreal Professional Color. They also wield diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wands to remove dead skin cells, fading the look of sun damage, acne scars, and fine lines that connect the acne scars. These treatments and more are performed under the watchful eye of an instructor, who makes sure every haircut, wax, or facial is up to snuff.