Highlights can add dimension to an existing style or double the transformative effect of a new one. Read our guide of the process to prepare for your trip to the salon.
A skilled stylist doesn't need a pair of scissors to transform a hairdo. The precise application of highlights—which isolate select strands of hair and treat them with a color, lightener, or toner—can become the basis for a brand new look without a single snip or shear. Before entering the salon, however, a client has to decide how much of the hair to highlight. Applied evenly throughout the entire head, full highlights create a natural look that mimics the way hair changes color over time in the sun, adding a sense of dimension and texture to the existing hair. Partial highlights, which are typically cheaper and take less time to apply, serve an altogether different purpose: drawing attention to specific features, such as bangs or newly sharpened antlers, by accenting only the locks on the surface. As a result, partial highlights are somewhat less flexible—losing their effect, for example, when putting your hair up or teasing it out.
Warm golden tones surround clients with a sense of comfort as soon as they step inside Tangled Salon & Spa. Each hair station is outfitted with an oversize mirror, comfy leather chair, and large sable wardrobe that doubles as the stylist’s sleeping chambers. In addition to designing chic haircuts, the staff artfully shapes eyebrows and applies eyelash extensions long enough to propel a sailboat.:m]]
Experienced stylist Sylvia Reizian nurtures and shapes locks with nourishing Redken hair products, coloring treatments, and techniques honed throughout her more than 15 years in business. Sylvia begins each session with a consultation, aiming to create styles and colors that complement skin tone and eye color, suit the patron's lifestyle, or match the family pet.
At the age of 5, Rick Timmons decided that he couldn't live without a guitar. After three long years spent listening longingly to his mother's collection of Chuck Berry and Everly Brothers records, he finally got his wish. He started his first band, The Rodents, when he was 12, an age at which most kids are still in diapers. Since those formative years, Timmons has played hundreds of live shows at memorable locations such as New York City's CBGB and in Berlin the same week the wall came down.
Having worked alongside bands such as Neutral Milk Hotel and Of Montreal, Timmons is no stranger to modern bands. However, he prefers to expand students' repertoires with the influences behind their favorite artists. "Kids come in with a Kurt Cobain song they want to play, and I ask them, ‘Who did Kurt Cobain listen to?’” he says. “I track it all the way back, like a rock 'n' roll history."
Jacob Cabrera, a six-year veteran stylist at Jia Salon and Spa, prides himself on his personal investment in each client. His skilled hands use products from Paul Mitchell, Pureology, and Aquage, among others, to carefully craft custom haircuts complete with color treatments, such as highlights.