Students at Paul Mitchell the School Gastonia learn techniques cultivated by the widely acclaimed brand that has received many honors, including mentions in Esquire, Seventeen, and Allure magazines. The school’s pupils beautify clients with a host of services, including haircuts, color treatments, perms, and updos that match the ice sculptures you saw at your cousin’s wedding.
Housed in a charming Victorian home complete with federally mandated porch swing, Belle Vive summons pampering powers to ensure clients walk out looking and feeling fantastic. Gifted stress melters knead away tension during hour-long Delightful Luxury massages, treating guests like royalty without later besmirching them in the British tabloids. Ladies can also get their locks changed with the cut-and-style service, transforming frazzled head hives into coiffed and shining fashion manes. A friendly and experienced staff is on hand at all times to ensure the services and after-care compliments run smoothly.
Four of Fuze Salon's stylists have more than a decade of experience, and Artistic Director Chip Perry has spent more than two decades in the business. Perry spent time as a national performing artist for Redken and specialized in teaching corrective color at the Redken Exchange, so it’s no surprise the salon uses ammonia-free Redken Chromatics dye as its go-to. Like Fievel Mousekewitz, his journey to happiness began with petty theft. His online biography describes how he would commandeer his neighbors' dolls as a child and "spend hours trying to twist the two inches of fiber into different shapes.” Now, he styles brides and men's cuts with equal dexterity, and keeps his hands busy raising two dogs, contributing to the boards of two charitable organizations, and rallying the community around philanthropic drives and walks.
Mounted over the repurposed home's entrance, a large American flag patriotically waves above a vibrant floral bed and pillared porch. However, after walking through the bright-red front door, guests discover a European-inspired spa staffed by skilled and licensed stylists, aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians. Using exclusive skin- and haircare products—by brands including Pevonia Botanica and Bumble and bumble—Carmel Day Spa & Salon's specialists pamper guests with services ranging from haircuts to facials to massages. Sleek monochrome furniture and fixtures populate the salon area and treatment rooms, whose walls feature various pieces of art used to conceal wall safes filled with Monopoly money.
The brick stoop and fireplace of Urban.i Salon exude the comfort of a boutique establishment. But the white-leather furniture; dark, coffee-toned floors; and dimly glowing chandeliers recall the modernity of an urban salon. Guests revel in the homey-yet-chic aesthetic as a staff of stylists, aestheticians, and giant walking scissors create stylish new looks via haircuts, highlights, and straightening treatments. These sessions are supported by some of the cosmetic industry's most renowned products, including the Phyto haircare system and Dermalogica's skincare line.