Elements Salon and Day Spa represents the power of community. Its staff is comprised of independent specialists, all of whom continue to hone their talents in a shared space?a quaint salon that, on the outside, resembles a house on a small hill. Its team members combine their skill sets into a melting pot of cosmetic services that include precision haircuts, color services with Goldwell products, and special-occasion updos. Meanwhile, a nail technician prepares digits for vigorous handshakings with mani-pedis and acrylics and a waxing specialist leaves skin smooth and fuzz-free.
Given their emphasis on collaboration and solidarity, it's no surprise that the staff of Elements Salon and Day Spa also host benefits for the community at large. For example, they raise funds for breast-cancer awareness through an annual bake sale, where they dole out desserts, cotton candy, and discounted pink hair extensions.
At Bliss Beauty Lounge, bliss is genuinely a priority––each salon service comes with a luxurious scalp and temple massage, free of charge. However, beauty is an equally high priority for owner and stylist Natasha Miller. She specializes in edgy, razored pixies and precision color, and by collaborating with aesthetician Egypt Alston, she has created a salon with options beyond hair treatments. The team strips away unwanted stubble with custom waxes, for example, and enhances eyes with eyelash extensions, rather than by shrinking eyeballs.
Stationed inside the tranquil Crescent Heights Hair Design studio, stylist Tonya Hatley cares for clients' hair and nails. She colors strands with eye-catching highlights, snips tresses into stylish coifs, and texturizes locks with perms and beach-wave curling treatments. She also puts a bold twist on french manicures by tipping nails in bright colors, such as blue and red, and adding nail art.
Edie Toison has more than 30 years of experience in the beauty industry, which she pours into custom cuts and sleek blowouts at her eponymous salon. Edie lends the space a homey feel, too, bringing in occasional home-baked goodies—like peanut butter pound cake—for her clients.
After Jerry Rhodes graduated from Charlotte Barber College in 1967, he perfected his skills until he became a platform artist for the North Carolina Board of Barber Examiners, and then opened his own salon to share his gift for classic grooming with others. Today, Jerry draws on 41 years of experience to direct a staff of stylists as they sculpt men's and women's cuts. The stylists can design flattering everyday styles, or doll up their clients with custom 'dos and makeup for photo shoots and special occasions. To help clients maintain their salon-fresh style, Jerry keeps his shelves stocked with professional products by Neuma, Kenra, and Morrocan Oil..
The vintage decor and funky vinyl records on the ceiling and walls of Graffiti Salon reflect the fashion-forward sensibilities of the hairdressing team, which cuts, colors, and styles locks with innovative shapes and eye-catching hues. From the same square styling chairs, stylists extend strands with Hot Hedz hair extensions, banish superfluous frizz and curl with straightening treatments, and enhance tress texture and color with vibrant feather applications. Tucked away from the bustling salon is a private spa room, whose soft music, aquariums, and babbling fountains urge away excess tension during every treatment. Within the calming space, spa staff lavishes bodies with massages, custom facials, and microdermabrasion facials, which slough off dull skin cells to keep living ones from hearing the same stale anecdotes about last year's sunburn.