After earning the status of master stylist and certified colorist over the course of 20 years in the industry, Angel Petro opened her own salon in 2010, stocking its shelves with Redken hair products and toxin free Zoya nail polish. The salon's small but elite team of stylists includes a master barber who specializes in men's precision and tapered cuts and another master stylist who sculpts avant-garde hairdos and neighborhood shrubs. The team of beauty professionals takes part in continuing education, which allows them to perform a range of up-to-the-minute hair-color and cutting techniques for both men and women.
Color services impart natural-looking hues with products by Redken, a brand founded in 1898 by a Berlin chemist in a neighborhood drugstore. Every hair service includes a complimentary consultation for stylists to scope out each client's personal style and hair type, and waxing services lull clients with lavender-scented candles.
In addition to the lively salon, Vanity Salon and Spa has also created serene spa rooms for relaxation. Spa services include manicures and pedicures performed with organic, non-toxic polishes and scrubs. The licensed massage therapist, Jamie, has been working in Nashville for four years and is committed to helping clients maintain a healthy, relaxed, and pain-free body. Trained in several modalities with a focus on relaxation, she often combines elements, like acupressure for targeting tense areas and Shiatsu for relaxation, to tailor a massage that meets each client's needs.
Joined by more than their salon’s name, stylists Jón and Alan have spent more than two decades refining their skills side by side. Today, the duo passes on their knowledge to the stylists on their team, teaching them the tricks of the trade as they cut, color, and add texture to hair. When they aren’t watching over their stylists or juggling combs dipped in barbicide and lit on fire, they check in on the spa’s technicians, who soothe their clients’ skin with resurfacing facials, chemical peels, and relaxing massages.
All of the salon’s custom skin and scalp treatments draw on Aveda's world-renowned arsenal of plant-based products. Guided by socially conscious principles for more than 30 years, Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular products such as Shampure shampoo and witch-hazel hair spray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging cradling ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
Stylists at Shay’s Studio—crowned Best Hair Salon in 2008, 2011, 2012, and as a runner-up in 2010 by the Tennessean —greet men and women with soda, coffee, tea, or adult refreshments from the salon's complimentary beverage bar before whisking them on a tour of the homey salon that plays host to their tress transformations. Aromatic candles set the stage for afternoons of restorative relaxation as customers settle into reclining shampoo chairs to submit strands to the massaging hands of one of the salon's aesthetic engineers. Shay's Studio utilizes Brocato, Alterna, Redken and AG products, including a sensational peppermint wash popular among male clients. Once heads have been thoroughly cleansed, services such as hair color or highlights can be added to give locks more dimension. Semiprivate studios shield noggins from prying eyes during cuts, which begin with style consultations to ensure snips meet clients' expectations. Skilled styling or keratin smoothing treatments create desired textures, and facial areas that instead require less hair coverage can undergo waxing.
The quiet, yellow walls at Luna are adorned with classic records and an iconic Bob Dylan poster. Toward the back, an acoustic guitar rests, as if waiting for Dylan to emerge from the wall and pick it up. Though people don't come just to stare at the décor, the laid-back iconography speaks to Luna's culinary ethos. The eatery's chefs blend locally sourced vegetables and meats with fresh herbs grown onsite to craft a capricious menu that blows in the wind, changing weekly or even daily. A few times a month, diners sit down to special BYOB Saturday dinners, featuring more upscale entrees such as gnocchi primavera and baked grouper in a light creole hollandaise. Warm weather draws patrons to the outdoor patio to enjoy "the best view of Captain D's in the city"—that's the seafood restaurant right next door—and watch birds busk for leftovers from meals heartily enjoyed.
Stylist to high-profile politicians and celebrities, Rodney Mitchell draws from years of experience crafting runway coifs and prepping photo-shoot 'dos for well-known names such as Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, and Shania Twain. His expertise is the source of inspiration and knowledge for his team of 17 stylists, whose experience ranges from Paul Mitchell degrees to 20 years of styling experience. Within Rodney's modern rustic salon, guests await top-notch service by lounging in wood chairs, flipping through magazines, and gazing at painted wall art waiting for the day’s lottery numbers to pop into view. The staff summons visitors to individual salon stations in front of large mirrors where stylists trim tresses, add texture with color and highlight services, and tame manes with keratin smoothing treatments.
With more than 35 years of industry experience under her belt, salon owner Susan Randall has arranged the manes of TV personalities and recording artists. Her passion for continuing education led her to become one of Tennessee's first specialists in Great Lengths hair extensions. Susan's zeal for ongoing education also inspires her highly experienced team—including two Redken master specialists—to annually replenish their hairstyling toolboxes with new techniques and products. The resulting expertise comes across in thorough consultations, during which staffers combine the client's vision with their own savvy to design customized clips, natural and dimensional color, or functional beehives.