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.
For $10, you get a dry pedicure with OPI polish (a $20 value). For $13, you get a warm-mitt manicure with hand massage and OPI polish (a $25 value). For $17, you get a warm-mitt manicure with Shellac polish (a $35 value).
Voted Best Tanning in 2009 by Jackson CityVoters for its Ridgeland location, Solar 51 bronzes winter-weary bodies with more than 50 tanning beds. For a tawny complexion free of UV rays, Mystic Tan spray-tan booths cover the entire corpus with a fine mist and a custom solution infused with aloe vera to keep skin hydrated. To facilitate traditional tans, the staff curate a selection of popular tanning lotions, including White 2 Black, Hot Mess, and Reborn Couture. Each of the salon’s employees are Smart Tan–certified, which prepares them to help clients achieve coppery hues while practicing long division.
At Relax the Body Salon & Spa, treatments center on the client's needs rather than a display of technique. A nationally certified massage therapist heeds muscular complaints with customized strokes, ousting tension with Swedish and deep-tissue modalities. Meanwhile, facials strive to nurture pores with a combination of masks, warm towels, and inspiring bedtime stories such as the Cleft Chin that Could.