Most Popular Service: Haircuts
Brands Used: Redken, Aveda, Brazilian Blowout
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
When and how did you first realize you wanted to be involved in hair styling?
When I was 22, I realized hairstyling was something I had always enjoyed doing.
The sweet irony of becoming a stylist is that no matter how good you are, you can never give yourself a haircut. What do you look for in a stylist when you need a trim?
Someone who listens and is knowledgable.
If the apocalypse ever comes, what low-maintenance hairstyle would you recommend for the foraging person on-the-go?
A pixie cut.
Jim Ostrosky, erstwhile fashion consultant for the local Fox affiliate and fashion writer for the Birmingham News, now brings his eye for texture and color to bear on the manes of clients at his intimate home salon. More than three decades in the industry inform his oversight of a team of stylists who wield organic products from Aveda instead of threatening hair into obedience with vats of liquid nitrogen. As they craft new 'dos, the stylists employ advanced techniques such as halo brick and paneling to create highlights or keratin smoothing treatments to banish frizz. In addition to snipping locks into classic coiffures, the professionals delve into new styles and trends, such as fusion and micro link hair extensions.
At Little Flower Day Spa, licensed stylist and cosmetologist Holly Stovall cuts and conditions hair for men, women, and children. She straightens and smoothes hair with keratin treatments, adds vibrancy with color and highlights, and showcases her cosmetological cunning with makeup applications and prom and wedding updos.
Salon 2412 welcomes guests with an eye-catching black chandelier that stands guard over an oversize painting of a cloudy sky and white couches with clean lines. Here, you'll find stylists hard at work, shaping and layering hair and pumping up color with the help of Oribe, BlondMe, and Priv? haircare products.
Enlightened Master Stylist Richard Joseph often studies Zen Buddhist texts, drawing from their ancient teachings inspiration that helps him to blend fashion, beauty, art, and wellness. When presiding over his eponymous chain of salons, Richard adheres to one philosophy in particular: “the master in the art of living…pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing.” Richard’s continual pursuit of excellence has earned his full-service salons attention from publications such as About Town and Birmingham magazine. His stylists all wield award-winning Aveda products as they crop and color locks according to the latest trends. At the spa, aestheticians renew skin with a wide array of treatments for the face and body. They pop open Gaia’s medicine cabinet to fetch natural products such as Dead Sea salts, Sedona mud, seaweed masks, and peppermint oil.
Though Honors Salon has been in the same location for nearly three decades, its stylists’ approach to hair care has changed with the times. Up to date on the latest styles, techniques, and ways to turn hair clippings into a renewable form of energy, they create unique looks that are also easy to replicate at home. In doing so, they're backed by high-end products, including those from Redken, Moroccanoil, and Keratin Complex. In addition to standard haircare services, they add extensions, wax away unwanted hair on four body areas, and administer threading on brows.