For more than 20 years, nail specialist Lisa Danielle has decorated thousands of nails. In one-on-one sessions, she shows each nail the attention normally reserved for needlepoint or an overachieving youngest child. OPI and China Glaze polishes work to brighten fingernails.
After Jerry Rhodes graduated from Charlotte Barber College in 1967, he perfected his skills until he became a platform artist for the North Carolina Board of Barber Examiners, and then opened his own salon to share his gift for classic grooming with others. Today, Jerry draws on 41 years of experience to direct a staff of stylists as they sculpt men's and women's cuts. The stylists can design flattering everyday styles, or doll up their clients with custom 'dos and makeup for photo shoots and special occasions. To help clients maintain their salon-fresh style, Jerry keeps his shelves stocked with professional products by Neuma, Kenra, and Morrocan Oil..
The trend-savvy stylists at Town Center Salon doll up ‘dos with Keune, Joico, and Paul Mitchell products¬¬ during a full gamut of hair-tending services. Silhouettes transform as seasoned tress techs slice away dead-end strands before sculpting a symmetrical or cross-dimensional shape. Clients in need of a chromatic upgrade can have a colorist adjust head hues with a full color treatments. Alternately, Rejuvenal Brazilian keratin treatments infuse the hair with protein-rich keratin to repair flaws and tame unruly frizz. Following application, a precisely formulated chemical cocktail subdues hair to semi-permanently straighten its structure at the compound level, leaving locks with a diamondesque luster.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right?within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services?from foundation checks to express facials?allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
Skewed chakras can settle back into place at Cora Bella's Aveda Salon & Spa, where chakra-balancing Aveda services pamper both muscles and nails. Deep-tissue and foot reflexology work augment meditative prompts during a chakra-balancing massage, whereas focused kneads and soothing aromas accompany the chakra-themed hand and foot treatments. These calming offerings, in addition to other styles such as the fusion stone massage, strive to restore serenity in body and thought.
Meanwhile, junior and senior stylists in the salon reshape 'dos into sleek or voluminous arrangements. They oversee perms, applications of color, and careful trims, as well as nourishing add-ons of botanical Aveda hair and scalp therapies.
Housed within an inviting red-brick home, Cassandra?s Family Salon and Day Spa ushers clients into spacious rooms filled with natural light. Hair services commence at sleek white porcelain shampooing stations, and facials and body-sculpting treatments transpire in private treatment rooms dimmed by sturdy curtains. The salon also comprises a toddler-friendly playroom with books, toys, and a racecar activity rug where kids can get an early start on parallel-parking skills.