Once guests step under the red-and-white striped awning that marks the entrance to Salon Rouge, they're transported to France. The salon's ruby-red entryway leads to a chic space where the glows of chandeliers bounce off marble floors and papered walls. Antique armoire mirrors capture reflections of a mix of Parisian flea-market finds and upscale, modern touches, such as European shampoo bowls.
Veteran salon owner and stylist Richard Staab owned an art deco–styled salon before selling it and moving to the salon’s current location, formerly a century-old condo basement.
Amid this festive backdrop, Staab's team of expert stylists tends to tresses with top-quality products from Oribe, Kevin Murphy, and Savon de Marseille. Additional beauty products line the shelves, such as perfumes from Comme des Garçons, allowing guests to look and smell more authentically French than a Croissan'Wich.
When taj salon & spa’s stylists extract coloring foils, they don’t toss them in the trash. Instead, they recycle the aluminum, putting taj on a short list of local businesses that do so. This is just one of the ways the staff show how devoted they are to beautifying both the earth and the people that populate it. The members of the styling team have been trained extensively with Aveda and the International Dermal Institute to improve their hair, skin, and massage services. Other thoughtful touches that show their dedication to clients include warm towels for the face and neck during haircuts, complimentary bang trims between visits, and stylists who travel to create stunning hairdos before a wedding or between innings of a baseball game.
Within Twist Hair Studio's chocolate-y walls, stylists create new looks for their clients through haircuts and colors, facial waxing, eyelash extensions, and airbrush-makeup applications. But what really sets the modern salon apart is its specialization in hair extensions. Resident hair extenders add length and volume by applying human hair extensions that blend in with clients' natural hair. Stylists dispense several lock-enhancing options, including micro hair extensions, which help mask the appearance of hair loss, and UltraStrands hair extensions to add highlights and lowlights without using chemicals. Each visit includes a complimentary consultation to discuss desires and to arrive on the best extension.
Much like the nearby Guthrie Theater, Level Salon exemplifies the Mill District’s reemergence as one of the Twin Cities’ preeminent places to see and be seen. Clients come from all over to entrust their hair to the salon’s stylists, who are renowned for creating bold new looks with cuts, coloring treatments, perms, and extensions. It’s also not a bad idea, as many loyal regulars have found, to stop by the salon for a manicure or brow wax before a night out at the nearby theater. As if to assert the arrival of elegance in an area once famed for its flour mills, the salon houses a swirling crystal chandelier and floor-to-ceiling curtains made of billowy dough.
At KDD Aesthetics, professional aesthetician Kathy Dutton Davis employs more than 10 years of experience and the latest skincare technologies to help bring natural beauty to the surface. Davis specializes in crystal-free microdermabrasion and has worked to educate other aestheticians, doctors, and vain magicians in the procedure’s ability to make pore-clogging impurities disappear. Facials and chemical peels are among some of the other treatments Davis employs to revitalize complexions, while laser treatments set their sights on acne, spots, sagging skin, and unwanted hair on the face or other parts of the body.
Denny Kemp began his styling career as one of the first students under Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda. This student has since become the master to his own proteg?s, passing on what he has learned within his own salon's walls, decorated with carefully selected artwork, some of it being the product of Denny?s own genius. Denny's brigade of innovative and artistic stylists spritzes clients with professional-grade products from Shu Uemura, K?rastase, Bumble and bumble, and Eminence, as well as the Dermalogica skincare line. They're also versed in smoothing frizz with keratin formulas and performing balayage and micro-foiling.