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.
The average woman spends just less than two hours a week washing, blow-drying, and styling her hair. Karah Brown uses her years of hairstyling experience to diminish that prep time by offering chic, maintainable looks out of Salon 927. Clients can solicit her expertise for a stylish cut, Brazilian blowout, or multidimensional color, including highlights, lowlights, and neon lights, for clients who want to draw extra attention to their tresses.
Most people don't follow the career path they set out for themselves at the age of 5, but Lindsey Lennard did. From the moment she got her hands in Barbie's hair, she knew she wanted to be a stylist. She eventually went to cosmetology school and learned how to create long layers and highlight hair without the help of a marker. Now at The Mane Design, she does just that after listening to clients describe what they're looking for.
Since she kicked off her career as a stylist in 2008, Rachel Scott has become known as much for her styling prowess as for setting her clients at ease with her chair-side manner. "They can just come and relax," she says. "I like to think I'm pretty down-to-earth." It’s also a big part of what she loves about working at The Parlor Too: "There's no bickering, no drama," she says. "Everybody loves everybody."
As she chats with clients, she transforms their hair with new cuts, color, or—her personal favorite—skillfully placed foils that add dimension with highlights or lowlights. She also smoothens frizz or unwanted curl with keratin treatments, leaving hair silkier, easier to style, and less likely to burst into flames than alternative kerosene treatments. Although Rachel loves Redken products, she tries new products frequently and pulls her favorite finds into rotation.
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.