Most of the time when kids go to get their hair cut, they're lucky if they're able to watch a movie they've seen a thousand times or play with the single toy the salon keeps on hand. But even that doesn't generally happen. And because most salons don't bother to entertain kids, haircuts can be a difficult thing for them to sit through.
Yet, when kids go to Snip-its Kids Hair Salon and Spa, they get an adventure. Staffers first hand kids a Snip-its Adventure Club card, and then invite them to sing along with the salon's own cast of animated characters. There's Curly Comb, the adventurous Flyer Joe Dryer, and the group's leader, Snips, an anthropomorphized pair of scissors with a shock of brown hair. This same crew stars in computer games and activities that kids can play at each salon station, which dazzle eyes with more bright colors than a car covered in Lisa Frank stickers.
While their clients explore imaginative worlds, stylists use a proprietary line of natural and allergen-free products to create buzz cuts and bobs. At the end of the process, kids visit the Magic Box. The enchanted device awards kids a prize in exchange for a swatch of hair. On special occasions, stylists can also photograph a baby's first haircut or transport girls to Tinseltown during a Hollywood Party.
In order to make every salon experience exciting for kids and relaxing for adults, Snip-its Kids Hair Salon and Spa's partners with Autism Speaks and trains stylists to work with kids with autism.
Regis Salons' skilled network of hair stylists comes armed with an arsenal of styling weaponry and deft understanding of the latest color trends and cutting techniques. Manage mane health with a deep-conditioning treatment that infuses cuticles with currents of aqueous confidence. Once hydrated, tresses are trimmed and tousled with styling moxie. Those with more grandiose visions for their head-hedges may opt for full-tilt color application ($50–$75) or streaky sets of highlights ($80–$110). In addition to altering hair hues, Regis Salons coil locks to your liking with perm services ($60–80) or easily unwinds them with a relaxer ($60–80) and snifter of 1942 scotch. Prices vary by location.
Beauty is a family business at Valeria Salon Med Spa Boutique, where co-owner Geri Palillo has been working side by side with her three daughters and a staff of more than 30 handpicked beauty experts for nearly a decade. Born into a family of cosmetic pioneers, Geri's own journey found her graduating from the classrooms of Vidal Sassoon and rubbing elbows with industry big wigs and their wigs at New York's Redken 5th Avenue Exchange. Today, when she's not busy personally selecting the Ray-Ban sunglasses and designer handbags that fill the shelves of Valeria's boutique, she continues to show off her styling finesse in the sunlit, marble-floored salon that constitutes one third of the business, showing her cutting-edge knowledge of the latest hairstyles through cuts, coloring, perms, up-dos, and straightening treatments.
Meanwhile, on the spa side of this three-part beauty haven, guests relax in private, Tommy Bahama-themed rooms as one of Geri's highly trained therapists and aestheticians administers one of six types of massage or body wraps ripe with natural ingredients such as ocean salt, ginger, or white tea. Facials tend to sensitive skin or revitalize dried out visages, and can also address the unique ailments of the male face, such as pores left from make-out sessions with monster trucks. The service menu also includes med spa treatments, such as laser hair removal, skin tightening and spider vein treatments and wrinkle-smoothing injections of Botox and Juvederm, as well as professional teeth whitening that combines the stain lifting powers of peroxide and light.
Stylist Karen Lin Graves of Salon G Styling Studio honed her craft at the Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology, and uses that knowledge to do more than create fetching haircuts and eye-catching color treatments⎯she also works to ensure that her clients can re-create their new styles at home. In addition to her skills with shears and color, Karen also gained certification from NovaLash and Simply Smooth keratin treatments.
At Rock Glamm Hair Studios, stylist Kyrsten Riles creates new looks for clients with a variety of haircare services. Partial highlights add dimension, and single-process color treatments can lighten or darken hair or cover those pesky grays that keep coming around no matter how many times you say "It's over."
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.