CJ Austin snips elegant coifs for women and classic cuts for gents beneath the soft glow of her studio’s chandelier. She also readies tresses for the world by twisting and twirling ornate designs into updos for special occasions. To keep heads of hair healthy and nourished, she imbues them with Rusk products and adds hues and highlights with Rusk colors.
Synergy Salon owner Quy has an artist's eye when it comes to hair—and a nine-step process to guide her palette. Like a sculptor teasing a form from clay or stone, she uses her tools to reveal flattering styles for locks of any texture, and she follows Synergy's nine detailed steps to achieve rich, shimmering color. As the shop’s master hair designer and color specialist, she leads an accomplished team of stylists, including Aveda Institute graduates. Together, they create classic and dramatic looks using Redken and organic Eufora color or calm frizzy locks with Brazilian keratin treatments. Their lengthy menu of services also includes facial waxing, eyebrow threading, and eyelash extensions.
Two sides of the same cosmetic coin, aesthetician Terri McConnell and stylist Angie Fortney united their respective talents when they opened Noma Hair & Skin Studio. In the salon, Angie customizes cuts for men, women, and children, boosting color and highlighting strands or stripping away fuzz with waxing services. In the spa, Terri begins each treatment with a consultation about her clients’ individual skin types and skincare goals, be they to reduce wrinkles, clear acne, or eliminate a permanent look of shock. After establishing a treatment plan, she calls on her arsenal of techniques and treats mugs to such comprehensive skin services as the Basaki lightening lift, a gentle treatment of lactic acid, lightening agents, and vitamin-A-rich banana, which work together to reduce signs of aging and hydrate the skin.
After Jerry Rhodes graduated from Charlotte Barber College in 1967, he perfected his skills until he became a platform artist for the North Carolina Board of Barber Examiners, and then opened his own salon to share his gift for classic grooming with others. Today, Jerry owns two locations, and draws on 41 years of experience to direct a staff of stylists as they sculpt men's and women's cuts. The stylists can design flattering everyday styles, or doll up their clients with custom 'dos and makeup for photo shoots and special occasions. To help clients maintain their salon-fresh style, Jerry keeps his shelves stocked with professional products by Neuma, J Beverly Hills, Kenra, and Macadamia Natural Oil.
The trend-savvy stylists at Town Center Salon doll up ‘dos with Keune, Joico, and Paul Mitchell products¬¬ during a full gamut of hair-tending services. Silhouettes transform as seasoned tress techs slice away dead-end strands before sculpting a symmetrical or cross-dimensional shape. Clients in need of a chromatic upgrade can have a colorist adjust head hues with a full color treatments. Alternately, Rejuvenal Brazilian keratin treatments infuse the hair with protein-rich keratin to repair flaws and tame unruly frizz. Following application, a precisely formulated chemical cocktail subdues hair to semi-permanently straighten its structure at the compound level, leaving locks with a diamondesque luster.
Board-certified surgeon Dr. Bruce Marko has a light touch for body sculpting and facial rejuvenation at Enhanced Images Medical, eschewing the "no pain, no gain" beauty philosophy. Dedicated to minimally invasive procedures, he has continually sought out new, gentle technology since he completed his surgical residency at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and saw the wrinkles Linda Hamilton developed while screaming in The Terminator. His specialty in microscopic hair transplantation represents both his technical precision—he painstakingly duplicates the original growth pattern with new follicles—and his interest in creating a natural look with small adjustments. He also takes his time with patients, who develop a safe, effective route toward their ideal look during free 20-minute conferences.
Although Dr. Marko can lift slack cheeks with a few deft incisions, he maintains a collection of five cosmetic injections to smooth facial creases with little more than a pinprick. Erchonia and Cynosure lasers help patients to sidestep weight-loss surgery and skin-rejuvenation techniques that abrade cheeks through exposure to Fran Drescher's laugh, and the lasers can also rout toenail fungus and unwanted hair.