Angie Cummings never thought she'd own a salon. When her husband surprised her by buying one, she worried about expanding her clientele beyond the loyal fans of her at-home nail business. "So I kind of just stumbled into [this business], honestly. But it has been the biggest blessing," she says. "There's never a day, ever, that I wake up and think, 'I don't want to work.'"
The turnaround came when Cummings realized she could "[sit] there talking to people" as she boosted their confidence beautifying their nails. The salon is fresh from recent redecorating, which included painting the walls a soothing neutral color and filling tall vases with even taller reeds. Within the new salon, massaging pedicure chairs cushion clients during luxurious spa services, and oval portrait mirrors capture the flash of stylists' scissors and twinkling eyes as they customize fashionable cuts.
Brands Used: Pureology,
Joico, Kenra, Redken, Bedhead
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: We accept Visa, Mastercard, checks, and cash
Certain hairstyles look good on certain facial shapes. When a client asks for a haircut you know will be a mismatch for them, how do you handle it?
I tactfully guide them to a choice that will flatter them more, maybe using some of the elements they like about the other style.
For many people, a trip to the salon is a way to enjoy some "me time." What supplemental courtesies do you offer to make guests feel relaxed?
I offer my clients cold drinks, and I can also do makeup, mani-pedis, and scalp massages if they schedule them in advance.
When Tierra Hull of T. Marie Salon was deciding which products to use during the all-over color and highlight services she performs for both men and women, she settled on Keune color. The brand is known not only for its vibrant hues, which Hull can lock in for extended periods with post-color treatments, but also for its ability to strengthen and soften locks with infusions of silk proteins. She chose another brand, the J Beverly Hills line that’s available exclusively at salons, to style manes after cuts or in preparation for her specialty: formal styling for weddings or trips to fancy restaurants where they pump your ketchup for you.
solicitous service providers at Dillard’s seek to nurture, renew, and invigorate their clientele with an array of prettifying procedures. A smile and a beverage greet guests as they settle in for one of Dillard’s hair and nail or spa services. Distinguish epidermises from shag carpets with a wax treatment ($18–$72) or reward hardworking lower paws with a Caribbean Therapy foot treatment, where an exfoliating paste combines with a warm seaweed mask to soothe and style piggies before they head to the market to trade pork futures ($60). Explore new ‘dos with a haircut and style ($28+) or emphasize favorite hair strands with a partial highlight treatment ($50+); all hair services begin with a dry-hair consultation and include a shampoo and scalp massage. The pampering camp then concludes with embellishments of complimentary makeup and a sincere promise to become pen pals.
From within Pizazz, Jen Hillbloom uses her talents as a color specialist to transform lackluster hues. She begins by consulting with clients to determine a shade that works best with their skin tone. From there, Jen pulls from Redken and Schwarzkopf products to lavish strands with dynamic color.
Medical director Dr. Gerald Searle supervises The Aesthetics Firm’s multitalented staff as they perform advanced procedures including laser hair removal and chemical peels. The team also beautifies bodies with standard aesthetic services including teeth whitening, eyelash extensions, and waxing.