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.
While the styling bar at this trendy salon elicits friendly chatter from bridal parties, girly days out, and friends? spa days, Studio One Style Bar?s blowouts aren?t just for special occasions. The professional treatment can also refresh hairdos between cuts, maintaining its frizz-free sleekness, bouncy curls, or to-scale model of a birdhouse for days after the session. Each of the salon?s signature Brazilian blowouts includes a massaging shampoo and styling in the design of choice, with optional makeup applications, facials, and lash services available to create a whole makeover. The salon also caters to male clientele, offering hairstyling treatments augmented with a hot shave and brow groomings. For clients who want to maintain their glow all year long, the salon offers yearly memberships that include a once-a-month styling.
Vanguard College of Cosmetology, a Paul Mitchell partner school, sprawls across a 22,000-square-foot campus. So much space means lots of room for classes, which are led by beauty industry veterans and cover everything from multicultural hair techniques to the science of face shape.
But classes aren't the only way to learn: for their hands-on practice, students work in the school's salon. There, they perform services under the guidance of seasoned pros, snipping custom cuts, relaxing curly strands, and hydrating hair with deep-conditioner, rather than a fire hose on its gentlest setting. The school's stylists volunteer their time, too, whether they're raising money for local non-profits or giving free haircuts to the area's homeless.
After graduating from John Jay Cosmetology School in 2001, Stacey Pardo began offering her services professionally out of Flawless Beauty Bar, a full-service beautification outpost that values singular styles that fuse with each client's particular sensibilities. Stacey spends a good deal of quality time at the outset of each appointment getting to know clients before letting her shears loose. Men's and women?s cuts and styles upgrade bedraggled hairdos before important occasions such as weddings, receptions, or postnuptial Waffle House dinners, and high- or lowlights add chromatic flair. An array of waxing services whisk unwanted hair from chins, lips, and brows, eliminating uninvited stubble and persistently migratory strands of hair.
Robin Drolla Melancon and her staff pride themselves on handling any emergency that pops up at Nola Hair Salon. Her stylists have performed hair and makeup for six bridesmaids that needed to be wedding-ready by noon, and have squeezed in a shampoo and blowout at 7 p.m. for a businesswoman who had just gotten off a plane from Singapore and had a late dinner meeting. They also handle problem hair with keratin treatments and skin with Nerium anti-aging creams, which rely on the Nerium oleander plant to fight wrinkles.
Since opening as a Paul Mitchell Focus salon in 2007, the team of hair artists at Mariposa Salon and Spa has styled locks for the glossy pages of New Orleans Bride magazine and CUE magazine.
Celeb-inspired styles let clients walk out with sleek, smooth, and straight locks or the loose, beachy waves usually only achieved by supermodels living in sandcastles. The stylists also battle the New Orleans humidity with blow-drying techniques and GKhair hair straightening at their blowdry bar. At their makeup and lash bar, the salon uses products from Glominerals, a pharmaceutical-grade skincare and makeup line.