At Salon 21 & Spa, the road to reinvention is paved with Redken highlights, OPI nail polishes, and Bioelements skincare products. Indeed, this full-service salon and spa teems with opportunities for indulgence and beautification; stylists craft face-framing hairdos rich with age-defying color, nail technicians lavish extremities with mango-peel and rhassoul-clay mani-pedis, and skincare specialists coax radiant hues from faces with 24-karat-gold herbal facials. Henna artists and threading specialists also bring their own unique trades to clients, and massage therapists attend to inner beauty with relaxing bodywork treatments.
The gurus at Colorific Hair Color Salon believe that in order to successfully transform looks, you need a plan. Before any strands shift hues, a director colorist meets with new clients to craft an attack strategy based on their hair type, facial features, and desire to camouflage themselves in a field of wheat. A dedicated technician then custom blends a mix of Schwarzkopf color products, deftly painting and using foils to create the desired look.
Although their products are high quality and their services are indulgent, Colorific’s crew keeps costs low. To do this, they let patrons blow-dry and finish their own look at a self-styling station. But for those seeking a full-service salon day, they also offer precision cuts, styling lessons, and makeup applications using the natural, preservative-free bareMinerals line by Bare Escentuals.
It's something of a Catch-22: the processes that have been developed over the years to help make natural hair more manageable are, for some, destroying people's ability to grow hair at all. So the team at Natural Hair Science have focused on their trichology department, in which researchers are studying the causes of hair loss and thinning. Supporting their efforts are a team of stylists who perform services meant to foster natural hair growth. Relaxers and perms are conspicuously absent from the service menu, which is instead focused on cuts, styling, growth treatments, and maintenance sessions for locs, twists, and braids. In addition to regrowth, the stylists are also particularly interested in prevention: many of their clients are children whose parents want them to avoid the chemical processes that can contribute to early follicle damage.
Though it’s been open fewer than three years, Glimmer Salon has already expanded four times—a testament to its rapidly growing clientele and penchant for reinvention. Throughout the sprawling, open space, a team of amiable mane masters snips, colors, and styles strands to each client's specifications. The staff also performs services such as smoothing treatments, facial waxing, and massages. Warm earth tones blanket the walls and complement the sleek hardwood floors, and high-quality hair products line the glass shelves, plotting to swan dive into the coiffures of clients passing by.
Backed by more than two decades of styling experience, Jus' Hair Organic Salon owner Cheryl Lauderdale and team carefully selects her roster of hair products to include exclusively organic, ammonia- and chemical additive-free potions that improve hair condition and lock in color. Naturally fresh scents waft from pre-trim shampoos and a variety of conditioners that can mend frazzled ends and, if left in the hair, cause rainwater to roll off of heads like the back of a duck. Tinting solutions from Organic Color Systems and Simply Organic accentuate or obscure native hues during hair-coloring and highlighting sessions. Cinderella I-Hair and UltraTress UltraLinks extensions transplant human hair to add volume and length and conceal misguided neck tattoos of giraffe spots, and waxes free of parabens shape eyebrows into artful arches.
Tucked away inside the chic Jefferson Hill shops in a Greek Revival mansion, owner Rosalyn Morris guides the team of beauticians at Studio 10. Like the plot of Face/Off, duality defines the salon's nailcare services. Two European licensed beauticians pamper both hands and feet as their owners lounge in two pedicure thrones and at two manicure stations.