Penny Whittington is a whiz at getting rid of overgrown hair. She uses her trusty pair of scissors or a miniature weed whacker to cut off split ends and unwanted length, transforming manes into new styles from classic to cutting-edge. At Studio Nouveau, Penny and the rest of the stylists support charities such as American Cancer Society and Locks of Love.
Each of Pro-Cuts' more than 150 locations embodies the company's casual, no-frills ethos in its own way. The salon owners cultivate an atmosphere approachable to families and menfolk while sustaining an undercurrent of elegance. The quick-snipping Pro-Cuts stylists specialize in the Pro-Cuts 15-minute haircut, followed by a 10-hour eulogy for sideburns past. While services vary by location, typical offerings include kids cuts, beard trimming, and shampoo service powered by big-name salon brands such as Biolage and American Crew.
Claudia Phillips, a cosmetologist for more than 28 years and founder of The Styling Hutch, blazed a trail for her staff by becoming certified in Ouidad curly-hair styling. Behind their stations, the stylists unleash Ouidad's signature carve-and-slice method to lift curls, add bounce, and create definition. By focusing on taming frizz, Claudia and her team ease the difficulties many curly-haired clients commonly have, leaving hair as soft and manageable as a group of stuffed-animal employees. Also adept at straight-hair styling, the team cuts and colors strands with moisturizing products from Ouidad, Mixed Chicks, and Moroccanoil.
At Steven Maxx Salon, owner Lonnie W. DeMoe and his team of stylists draw upon 20 years of styling experience and arm themselves with products by Paul Mitchell, Redken, and American Crew. To beautify manes, they brighten locks via foil or cap highlights as well as combat troublesome natural textures with Brazilian straightening treatments or permanent waves. When they aren't artfully snipping away dead strands, the staff members refresh complexions with therapeutic facials that blend in enzymes from pineapples, papayas, and other naturally handsome fruits, and then shift their focus to the fingernails to outfit digits with new polish, fiberglass overlays, or acrylic fills.
Beauty Store & Salon plethora of professional-grade hair, nail, skincare, and cosmetic products give you plenty of ways to glow like a flattered firefly on its honeymoon. A vial of OPI nail polish ($8.50) will gloss your finger helmets while a bottle of Moroccan oil treatment ($40.79) will tame your tresses until they're sleeker and shinier than a glazed otter. Gird your face for atmospheric re-entry with a generous coat of Jane Iredale matte pressed base ($49.50). Beauty Store also carries Thymes brand bath and body products and TRAPP candles ($3.50–$25).