Salon Maia owner Melissa Maia and makeup artist Kelly LeBlanc specialize in making brides' wedding-day visions a reality. The duo performs on-location, preceremony transformations and has collaborated on bridal showcases for New Orleans Bride magazine. Within the magazine's pages, Maia and Leblanc have offered tips for brides-to-be, such as trying out a variety of lipstick colors, deep-conditioning hair six weeks before the wedding, and securing updos with a hairspray that is specifically designed to repel rice.
Within the art-covered, bright blue and white walls of the salon itself, Maia and her team of stylists nourish clients' hair with high-quality products. They use the Pureology and Redken lines to cleanse, condition, and color, and the sought-after Agadir Argan oil spray treatment to repair and protect damaged strands.
Owner Lauren Moulton has more than 30 years salon experience, which she uses to guide and motivate Salon J-Elle?s team of stylists, nail technicians, and makeup artists. Even with all the responsibility of salon ownership, Lauren considers herself a stylist first and often can be found on the floor cutting hair or assisting other staff members. In addition to haircuts and color, the salon also offers nourishing Moroccanoil treatments and Brazilian Blowout Zero keratin hair-smoothing treatments within bright-blue and turquoise walls.
The dedicated team of stylists at The Arthur Hutton Salon shears locks into impressionable cuts and shifts shades with vivid color treatments. In addition to snipping blunt bobs and deftly razoring crew cuts, practiced hands weave braids, employ Simply Smooth keratin treatments to subdue frizz and curls, and enliven tresses with feather extensions that will convince the robins in your backyard to let you join their innermost circle. The salon also stocks hair products from brands such as Redken, Joico, and Nioxin so patrons can maintain their manes at home.
Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe The Doll House Hair Salon in natural light, illuminating the team of stylists as they make over clients. Full-length mirrors reflect each step of the transformation as the beauty experts maneuver around cushy black salon chairs and snip strands into trendy, classic, or elegant 'dos. For extra attention, they employ Paul Mitchell products to color strands and administer deep-conditioning treatments that infuse hair with the strength of professional wrestler's ponytail.
Nail nurturers at Fashion Nails & Spa restore paws’ sense of pride with pampering mani-pedi services that shape and shine. Technicians smooth ragged edges, revealing renewed contours and retractable claws. Soothing cuticle care calms anxious nails, and a relaxing massage releases stress built up after learning one too many secret handshakes. An exfoliating pumice scrub banishes calluses from footprints, followed by a moisturizing mango massage. Warm towels and carefully placed hot stones nurture foot flexibility, their radiant heat slackening tight tendons to prep tootsies for hoofing around town or winning the luau’s coal-walking contest. Once soothed and smoothed, fingers and toes can opt for a natural look with buffing or cloak themselves in rainbow threads with colored polish. Today’s deal can also be applied toward upgraded services such as a french manicure ($3 additional).
The attentive staff at Brinkman's Menswear, which has earned praise from I Heart Nola, transforms men into dapper gentlemen with suits and formalwear from renowned designers such as Tommy Bahama, Cotton Reel, and Haupt. Customers can accent necks in a selection of ties ($65) for the office or formal events, or strap them around foreheads to soak up sweat during heated games of capture the flag. To emit a debonair air, fellows can slip into a private-label suit ($395) paired with a button-down dress shirt ($75), or adorn a pair of dress socks ($9) with googly eyes to produce a last-minute puppet prom date.