The highly trained stylists at Barnette’s Salon are accustomed to hearing compliments from satisfied clients, but in the past few years they've also had to get used to reading praise in print. Along with being named a "Top 100 Salon 2011" by Elle Magazine and "Reader's Choice for Best Salon 2012" by Mississippi Magazine, the salon––which boasts three locations––has also earned the title of "Best Beauty Shop of Jackson 2012" from the Jackson Free Press](http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2012/jan/25/best-of-jackson-2012-urban-living/), who proclaimed, "the staff is not only friendly and professional, but also immensely talented, consisting of some of the top stylists in town."
Those top stylists owe much of their success to the salon's training program, which divvies the staff into five levels, according to experience, and inducts new stylists only after they have endured at least one year of extensive training and learned to identify each hair color by its smell. Specialists if precision cuts and custom color, the team reaches for products from Aveda, Bumble and Bumble, MoroccanOil, and CareTrico, and add instant length and volume using 100% human hair extensions by Great Lengths. For tresses in need of a new texture, they can also calm unruly curls with Keratin smoothing treatments or set strands with permanent waves to help cut down on time spent dealing with hot curling irons or hot rollers.
An usui reiki healer, locally trained and licensed therapist Adrienne Anthony restores inner and outer balance to the body. Deep-tissue and relaxation massages soothe stormy exterior muscles, and reiki sessions promote stress reduction and relaxation through the restoration of the body's energy flow. Adrienne also treats the energy escaping from meridian points of hand and feet through reflexology, applying direct pressure on specific points to spur change in specifically connected body areas. Almond and jojoba massage oils nourish and enliven skin during each session, turning blocked energy pathways into slip 'n' slides.
Nationally-certified and licensed massage-therapist Rachel Hendry helms Escapements, where she offers a variety of therapeutic massages. Lava-shell massages utilize recycled seashells and gentle heat to soothe muscles, while relaxation massages call upon the classic, flowing strokes of Swedish massage. Therapeutic massages work out stress and pain with deep-tissue strokes, while chair massages bring relaxation to events, parties, or the office. Rachel also offers product recommendations such as lumbar cushions, massage tools, and balms for home use.
Spelbound The Day Spa's professional nail technicians lavish worn fingers and toes with manicures, pedicures, and gentle massages in a comfortable environment. Clients can continue their pampering at home with skincare products like African Shea Butter.
At Gifted Hands Massage Therapy, licensed physical trainers guide clients toward their fitness goals by advising them on exercise and nutrition. They often recommend massage sessions with in-house therapists. These therapists are trained in several modalities, including sports massage, which complements training sessions by alleviating the pain from athletic exercise and even minor injuries such as shoulder strain from tossing bags of flour off the roof. Other reparative treatments include body wraps and skin exfoliations.
Licensed massage therapist Christopher Jordan uses massage therapy to make his clients’ lives less stressful. His Swedish massages include soft kneading and tapping to relieve muscle tension, and deep-tissue massages tend to the connective tissue. He also uses hot stones to further soothe muscles. Body wraps and sugar scrubs round out the medley of services.