Sweet Blondes Salon sees itself as transforming people from the inside out. The team of stylists focuses on framing faces with styles that range from classic and smooth to choppy and modern. They can design a traditional bob, add a streak of red to strands, or clean up men’s necks for a tidy finish. The salon’s body services include hot-stone massages that soothe sore muscles and waxes that strip unwanted hair from chins, arms, legs, and bikini lines. The aestheticians can even whiten teeth with a light-activated treatment or apply tooth jewels to attract dragons looking for hidden treasure.
Dedicated to training the next generation of stylists and aestheticians to be confident visionaries, Legends Academy educates students with a hands-on curriculum focused on developing cosmetological know-how in arenas ranging from hairdressing to makeup application. In order to complete their training, pupils fine-tune their skills in the school salon, where they perform services including perms, cap highlights, and elegant updos. The salon?s commitment to quality extends to the products they use during each appointment, including brands such as Schwarzkopf, CHI, and L?Or?al. Aside from hairstyling, guests can find a host of waxing and threading treatments to whisk away unwanted fuzz, as well as lavish mani-pedis to rejuvenate hands and feet weary from crab-walking to work.
There’s no doubt that Fire & Ice Hair Company has class. For starters, the salon is committed to green products and methods; they recycle more than 85 per cent of salon waste and exclusively use products by La Biosthetique Paris—a company that creates its packaging using wind, water, and solar power. More obviously, Fire & Ice's space—blanketed, of course, in the soft glow of energy-efficient light bulbs—reveals a high-end salon, complete with rich wooden floors and pearl-white styling chairs.
What's missing, however, is the attitude. Unlike at many upscale establishments and children’s book clubs, the staff skips the highbrow demeanor in favour of friendly chatter.
When Melody Leskun opened Redemption Salon, she assembled a team of stylists with schools such as Kosmetae Academy, John Casablancas, and Vidal Sassoon on their resumes. By surrounding herself with skilled veterans, Melody freed up her schedule to have more time to find each client find their ideal look. Her stylists mold manes with products by American Crew, Redken, and KMS California when they aren't performing brow shaping and applying gel nails that liquefy upon contact with a chalkboard.
The skilled tress technicians at Chatters Salon infuse newfound vitality into insipid locks with an array of salon treatments, including a single-process salon colouring using Redken colour. A cup of precolouring coffee or tea keeps pigment-awaiting patrons hydrated in the waiting area as head gardens excitedly prepare to live out their chameleonic dreams. To begin the treatment, a talented shade switcher modifies the colour composition of hair with artful ease. Once hair has been cloaked in rich colour, a shampoo and conditioning treatment expunges lingering tint from strands while an accompanying scalp massage twists stressed-out thought bubbles into pleasing balloon animals. For a coif-pampering finale, a blow-dry whisks away residual moisture, leaving newly toned strands shiny and swinging. As an added bonus, salon-goers receive a full-size salon product with their colouring service.
Melissa Dunlop trained with Redken and Pureology before opening her own salon—Mel's Hair Zone. As a seasoned colorist, she transforms dark browns into platinum blondes and vice-versa, and can also paint tresses with peekaboo highlights and bold Chromashine colors, such as hot fuchsia and rich blue. An array of products by American Crew and Morrocanoil help her sculpt and nourish strands, ensuring each cut is as healthy as it is chic.