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.
Though it's fairly new to the salon scene, Margaret Wal Studio has already made a name for itself—the salon flaunts a burgeoning cast of regulars and an extensive photo resume of successfully crafted styles. Clients flock to the lavender-tinged space for the meticulous haircuts, texture treatments, and color services that show off the hairdressers' masterful skills. Ongoing education helps the staff stay updated on the latest trends, including the popular Brazilian Blowout treatment, which cures locks of their coarseness, curliness, and crushes on rogue balloons.
Wielding high-quality products by renowned brands such as Kevin Murphy, Kérastase, and Schwarzkopf, stylists snip, style, and straighten tresses in the comfortably upscale confines of Collin-Reymond Salon. Head-to-toe mirrors sit in front of each cushy leather treatment chair, allowing clients to follow their own metamorphosis. The newly inaugurated salon complements the style of its revamped customers with its decor, which brims with modern accents in the form of zebra-print rugs, ornate chandeliers, and paintings of vibrant red flowers that just had their petals professionally dyed by the staff.
Peter Ferritto started his career in hair more than 25 years ago, when he honed his craft under the guidance of one of London's premier stylists. With Abbey Road Salon, he brings European hairstyling to a yankee crowd. Each staff member has at least a decade of industry experience, and is skilled at shaping locks into chic coiffures and performing various texturizing treatments. They can also freshen 'dos with shimmering, nuanced color.