At Salon Milano and Spa, plant-based Aveda products lend customized aromatherapy and natural nutrients to salon and spa services. The products' holistic focus matches the manner in which the staff conducts spa services: in addition to explaining the purpose of each step in the facial or massage, therapists also guide clients through stress-relieving visualization exercises to calm the mind. All treatments are customized, from the aromatherapy of a massage to the angle of the cut performed by senior or new-talent stylists in the salon. Tuscan Sanctuary is open late on weekdays to accommodate busy schedules and UV rays that, like Napoleon and his chef after saying they preferred English bread to baguettes, are exiled.
Illusion Salon Studio hairstylist Sarah understands both the beauty and business sides of the hair industry—in 2003, she earned a cosmetology license, as well as a bachelor's in business administration and accounting. Her dedication to her craft didn’t stop with those impressive certifications, though. Since that epic year of educational milestones, Sarah has undergone even more training, becoming a specialist in coloring and precision cutting techniques from Matrix, as well as learning how to effectively perform smoothing treatments with the Keratin Complex System. Sarah shows off all these skills at her cutting station within Illusion Salon Studio in the Ash Creek Center, where she can also be found dolling up clients with foil highlights, facial waxing, and kewpie curl extensions.
When friends Crystal Lantu and Chasity Davis set out to open their full-service hair salon, they let their shared initial guide them to a business name. Now, as C.Squared, the passionate, committed stylists transform the manes of their customers in a chic salon environment. Crystal and Chasity welcome clients from throughout the greater Des Moines area to their inviting Urbandale space, the walls of which feature old-fashioned styling tools highlighted by elegant frames.
Ashley Sampson is a colorful stylist. She not only has a great personality, but she loves painting manes with vibrant hues, from red mohawks to vibrant washes of violet. But if there's anything she loves more than coloring tresses, it's keeping them healthy. Ashley's services include split-end-destroying trims and nourishing deep-conditioning treatments, and she always employs sulfate-, gluten-, and paraben-free products.
Sure, you can blow-dry your hair at home, but it likely won?t be quite the same as a salon blowout. Find out why with Groupon?s look into the blowout?s sleek mystique.
There?s something like old-time alchemy going on every time someone gets a blowout. Take a couple of elemental ingredients?wind and heat?combine them with a professional?s trained hand and strong wrist, and you end up with something precious: movie-star hair. The actual process is simple: the stylist washes the hair, then blow-dries it in small sections to the client?s specifications, often using a round brush to create smooth volume. The result might be straight, wavy, or purposely tousled, and it can be such a look changer that some women refrain from washing their hair for days afterward to maintain the glamour. Many people find the service so valuable they return to the salon for it between haircuts, sometimes several times a week.
In some ways, this practice is a throwback to the beauty parlors of the past, where women would drop in weekly to have their hair styled and set. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis used to get her hair blown out three times a week in the 1960s and 1970s; today, reportedly, so do celebs such as Kate Middleton and Gwyneth Paltrow. To keep up with demand, blowout-only salons have popped up in the last few years, dedicating all their chairs to the service.
Located in an 1,800 sq. ft. salon, Headley & Crawford Salon & Spa?both a Lanza and Dermalogica concept spa?places an emphasis on personalized care which underscores their expansive menu of beauty treatments. Take, for instance, the facials and chemical peels, which begin with a consultation and skin analysis to identify and brainstorm a treatment plan for problems such as blemishes or pores clogged with dead leaves. And the massage treatments are all prefaced by a postural assessment with the therapist to determine which modality is best suited to the client's body or relaxation needs. The meticulous attention to detail extends to the salon side of the business as well, where an emphasis on hygienic practices sees nail technicians sending clients home with single-use files and stylists sending freshly styled strands home perched atop the same head they came in on.