Warm yellow lights linger over the salon floor like pads of butter, casting their glow on mint-green and dark-red walls. Amid these snazzy accents, skilled stylists craft equally snazzy styles and bold highlights with Raw Hair by LG. Thirteen-year veteran Lakeisha Gibson leads the team, which includes stylists as well as a cosmetologist and a master nail technician. They can render all-over color applications or refresh tresses via the soothing hydration of a deep-conditioning treatment. They also perform salon relaxers and massage therapy.
The salon floor itself is a sandy marble pattern, and elegant green plants pop against the earth tones of the rest of the salon. There are even homey flourishes such as a rustic trunk, which is either a treasure chest or brimming with pairs of scissors.
Salon Vincenzo’s stylists shape manes with masterful snips and dress them up with vibrant highlights. Tress designers listen carefully to discern the client’s desired look, then draw from years of training and experience to build a flattering new shape that attractively frames the face. Split ends flee faster than a roadrunner on rocket-powered roller skates as shears carve manes. To create highlights and lowlights, the stylist applies foils, which lift selected follicles and infuse them with rich, beautiful color. Like learning to polka, the tress transformation takes one to two hours.
For 17 years, bridal parties and prom-goers have strutted confidently into the ballroom thanks in part to Amanda Walter. Behind the scenes of formal events is where Amanda shines, prepping guests of honor for their big day by sculpting updos and formal hairstyles. But for those who don't want to get married or stage a write-in campaign for office prom queen to have their hair styled by a pro, she also helms a chair at Ultimate Image Salon, servicing the general public with the same steady hand and fashion-savvy eye during haircuts, chemical treatments, and coloring services.
The sounds of snipping shears and lively chatter fill the interior of Utopia Salon & Day Spa, a full-service beauty emporium where professional stylists twirl around salon chairs as they cut and color hair to match the unique personalities of their clients. Among these stylists is Ali, whose wealth of experience finds a worthy outlet in her comprehensive repertoire of treatments. Ali’s highlights and coloring treatments infuse hair with the most common shades of summer, from the rippling yellows of a sunset to the vivid pinks of a sunburn. When she isn’t cutting and coloring hair, she adds texture and shine to strands with frizz-busting keratin smoothing treatments.
Liza has seen a lot of hairstyles in her more than 34 years of experience, some good and some bad. She makes the good ones even better and completely overhauls the bad ones, using her clients' natural features and personal preferences as her inspiration. Whether Lisa's crafting a new style or simply softening hair with a deep-conditioning treatment, her clients can always expect friendly chatter and open lines of communication. She finishes each of her haircuts with a blow-dry, saving clients the trouble of driving to the nearest airport and crawling in an unoccupied jet turbine.