Beauty-industry veteran Brian Hutchinson at Encore Salon conquers the frizz and defiant curls of clients’ unruly locks with conditioning keratin treatments. Protect vulnerable tresses from UV rays, humidity, and smooth-talking hair brushes with a formaldehyde-free GKhair keratin taming treatment, which harnesses the restorative prowess of Juvexin to sculpt smooth, manageable, and watertight ’dos. Strands of all kinds are strengthened from inside out, slashing drying time in half and keeping hair frizz-free and as straight as an oak tree with perfect posture for up to six months.
At a time when most kids are just excited to be playing outside, Sarah LeMoine was already thinking about her career. "By the time I was 10 years old, I told my mom I wanted to do hair," she remembers. By then she was no stranger to the necessity of salons; her mom got her hair done every eight weeks with the same stylist. "It was like a religion for her," LeMoine jokes.
At The Parlor Too, antique-style furniture allows clients to sit and relax in the reception area, which has the feel of a comfy front porch. LeMoine presides over a station generously stocked with Joico hair products and Wella color. Though she specializes in hair coloring, her true love is boosting her clients' confidence with tailored cuts that can give them a new lease on life or at least an excuse to update their driver's license photo. "It amazes me how much hair can change someone's personality and make them a better person," she says.
Irene Lewis is a hairstylist working out of the Mane Design. There, her mission is twofold: she breathes new life into her clients' looks with hair-design treatments, while at the same time creating a warm, relaxing experience. Irene offers haircuts for men, women, and children, as well as color treatments and updos. Additionally, she offers keratin treatments and a K-Pak deep-conditioning mask that restores hair's luster and revitalizes locks that are unhealthy or undisciplined.
Red, white, and blue stripes wind around a miniature barber pole by the entryway to Wool-z Cuts. Visitors step through to find barbers and stylists chatting with visitors about potential hairstyles. In addition to stylish women's haircuts and color treatments, the stylists specialize in men's grooming services, such as close shaves, haircuts styled with Crew hair products, and Brawny Man makeovers. And its kid-friendly atmosphere means the whole family is welcome.
Mandy Wicker’s stash of Paul Mitchell products—infused with tea-tree oil, peppermint, and lavender extracts—helps her whip clients’ hair into new styles, whether classic or modern. Scissors in hand, she cuts away unwanted length and adds any desired layers, bangs, or mohawks.
For 30 years, Saturday's Family Hair Care has tended to the manes of men ($15), women ($16–$20), and children ($11–$15), crafting classic cuts and modern styles in a kid-friendly, appointment-free atmosphere. Moms can steer hopelessly tussled bedheads toward Saturday's salon, where experienced hair herders soothe anxious kiddies and corral misbehaving locks into tidy style stalls. Moms and tots alike can opt for stylistic inspiration, such as the soft and simple classic bob or the rugged cool kid on the block look, which enables tykes to judge which junior-high alt-rock bands are rad and who sold out to play this fall's Battle of the Bands. Name-brand products including Matrix, Paul Mitchell, and Moroccanoil treat locks to an opulence matched only by down-bristled toothbrushes. Saturday's welcomes walk-ins anytime and boasts convenient evening and Saturday hours.