After 11 years beautifying clients as coworkers, best friends Renee and Amber can now call themselves business partners. The pair took over the salon that first brought them together, added some powder-pink paint and white Victorian mirrors, hired a team of seasoned beauty professionals, and dubbed their new studio Lavish Hair & Nail Salon. There, hairstylists craft face-flattering cuts and add vibrant color as nail technicians treat hands and feet to filing, moisturizing, and nail art designed to resemble footballs, flowers, and smaller fingernails emblazoned with still smaller fingernails going on into infinity.
Stunning Nails and Hair's owner and multitalented beautician, Kate Shannon, focuses her beauty-boosting skills on lavishing passersby with relaxing salon services. Her comprehensive manicures and pedicures leave hands and feet beautifully primped like boy princes resting atop cushions of fresh fruit, and her reflexology massages unwind the tightest of muscular knots and soften skin with moisturizing lotions. Kate also prohibits coiffures from turning into haphazard hairdos with standard main maintenance and prevents eyebrows from encroaching on prime forehead territory with waxing services.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Lotus Hair Spa's certified stylists have made their beauty-bones during decades of experience in the cosmetology industry and will use all their expertise to meticulously manage your mane with a haircut and TIGI and Alterna products. Before a single scissor snips, though, the stylists will caress some of the body's most sensitive skin with a scintillating scalp massage that sometimes causes recipients to break out in involuntary opera singing. A brow shaping streamlines your eye caterpillars, significantly decreasing the likelihood of being mistaken for the Swedish Chef. The softly lit salon's sand-toned walls, decorative dark-wood furniture, and live bamboo shoots create a tranquil backdrop for an epidermal experience as calming as a bedtime story read by Morgan Freeman.
Vogue Hair Salon's experienced stylists snip, shape, and accentuate hair of all dispositions with skills gleaned from Vidal Sassoon training. A bounty of services await any follicle need, from expertly-executed cuts ($35+ for women; $20+ for men) to intricate updos ($45+), perfect for weddings, proms, or more formal monster mashes. Tresses left brittle and dry from the stresses of a well-coiffed life can take a replenishing dip in a deep-conditioning treatment ($25), while hair seeking bolder changes can shift hues with Vogue’s coloring services ($55+) or add length with extensions ($6/strand). The soft undulations of permanent waves ($60–$110) make it easy for strands to emulate oceans or other disturbances that travel through space and time.
If Ginny Patterson's appointment book is blacked out, it's possible she's coiffing models in a major metropolis. Though Patterson calls Meridian home, she travels across the United States on behalf of P&G Professional Care as a top trainer for the company's Wella and Sebastian lines. Patterson dabs models with makeup for fashion shoots, coifs hair for student audiences, and primps Miss America candidates for swimsuit and water-wing competitions. When she's at home in Salon G, Patterson performs the same services for locals, calling upon more than 30 years of experience in hair and makeup artistry. A septet of beauty professionals joins her at Salon G, exercising skills in aesthetics, nailcare, and haircare to help clients achieve desired looks. In addition to standard salon services, the specialists enhance curls with texturing services, address scalp conditions with Penetraitt treatments, and dress up nails with airbrushed designs, bling, or feathers.