Ginger Martin joins a team of experienced Aveda and Paul Mitchell stylists at Little Flower Day Spa, a full-service hair salon and a rejuvenation and relaxation haven. The team pampers guests with skincare and bodycare in five different treatment rooms. Its services range from microdermabrasion treatments and enzyme peels to intense pulsed-light skin-rejuvenation treatments and shellac manicures. Additionally, medical weight-loss management programs use lipotropic B12 injections to help clients lose weight, boost energy, and use “lipotropic” in a sentence at least once today.
Specializing in all things hair, Mindi Patterson relies on her Aveda Institute training and years of experience when snipping and coloring her clients' locks. At Little Flower Day Spa, Patterson attends to each visitor, beginning with a personal consultation to discuss style, color, and the contents of their fridge. Additionally, Patterson offers skincare and makeup-application lessons, using products from BeautiControl.
Dragonfly Salon on 7th's highly trained stylists have plenty of room to craft highfalutin hairstyles beneath the arching cathedral ceiling. The superairy salon emanates a posh ambiance—gilt-framed mirrors frame newly cropped or colored hairdos, and art-deco sconces emit a skin-flattering golden light.
Stylists take pride in their title as an Aveda concept salon. Aveda's mostly natural haircare products use ingredients such as wheat protein and organic essential oils to tame manes without harming the environment. Herbs such as rosemary and lavender also scent mani-pedis.
The friendly staffers at Aura Salon Spa work their pampering wizardry in a large, modern space. The 30-minute express pedicure kicks off with a sole-softening soak, preparing feet to meet with the buffer and file. Next, cuticles and calluses are removed, stems are moisturized, and tootsies are topped with enough shiny color to garner envy from the Las Vegas Strip. The 30-minute basic manicure converts nails from their natural state of corporate-ladder-climbing claws to elegant, unruffled shapes. Cuticle care and a candy-colored coating complete turkey-stencil transformation.
Like its name suggests, True Colors Salon helps clients express themselves through vibrant hair color. Stylist Grace Smolin is particularly adamant about finding the perfect color for a client's skin tone and eye shade because she always wants hair to look as natural as possible. This might mean blending chocolate highlights—never platinum—into brunette hair to add dimension and even leaving a blond's roots a little darker to make it look like she was born with that color. Grace also creates modern cuts and straightens hair with keratin treatments, which can keep hair frizz-free for up to five months.
Jamie A-D began his career as a professional makeup artist in 1996, but soon wished to expand his artistry to "the entire person," as he states on his Facebook page. He now does this through a variety of cosmetic services, beautifying clients with haircuts, natural eyelash extensions, and brow waxings. Like a good self-help book or successful exorcism, it's all a part of "bring[ing] to the surface what already exists within," says Jamie—something he's done at everything from hairstyling competitions to anime and gaming conventions.