Since opening as a Paul Mitchell Focus salon in 2007, the team of hair artists at Mariposa Salon and Spa has styled locks for the glossy pages of New Orleans Bride magazine and CUE magazine, as well as the runways of a Guess fashion show and a Chloe Dao fashion show.
Mariposa's bilingual stylists also craft sophisticated looks for clients walking down sidewalks instead of runways. Celeb-inspired styles let clients ask for The Beyoncé and walk out with sleek, smooth, and straight locks, or The Gisele, which translates to the loose, beachy waves usually only achieved by supermodels living in sandcastles. The stylists also battle the New Orleans humidity with blow-drying techniques and GKhair hair straightening. Mariposa’s nail artists brighten fingertips with chip-resistant Shellac polish, and aestheticians craft custom facials and wax away body hair with tea-tree cream wax. The salon uses products from Glominerals and Glotherapeutics, a pharmaceutical-grade skincare and makeup line.
With an ancient holistic approach, Spa Zeeba uncovers each client’s natural beauty with signature services such as traditional ayurvedic facials, herbal facials, and three types of hair removal, including sugaring and the ancient practice of threading. Massage practitioners manipulate muscles with deep-tissue massages to relieve lingering pains, and Reiki experts transfer energy from their palms to help clients to heal and recharge watch batteries. Henna tattoos bring love and good fortune as they are applied to the skin in ornate patterns. Aside from pampering services, Spa Zeeba also covers bodies with clothing and jewelry from its boutique.
City Looks is a modish boutique salon with an accommodating staff that upkeeps coiffures and dignifies digits with a full menu of salon services. A haircut and single-process coloring cleanses follicles with shampoo before imbuing them with vibrant hues and trimming excess inches. Guests with innately extravagant hairstyles can opt for a manicure that smoothes cuticles and coats fingernails with colorful polish to match dinner outfits or beeping house-arrest anklets. While waiting for their hair or nail services, visitors can treat themselves to complimentary adult beverages, chocolate, and soothing scalp massages.
Steven Sobel Salon provides all the necessities for an image-altering salon experience, which is why it was voted one of Elle magazine’s Top 100 Salons in the United States. A women’s haircut and style ($55+) provides an opportunity to slice and dice bangs and work the rest of a coiffure into preened perfection. Men ($35+) and kids ($20) can also have a session in the spinny chairs for a cut by one of Sobel’s scissor ninjas. Other styling options, such as updos ($50+), are available for defying gravity during upside-down proms. The salon’s coloring catalog offers single-process sessions ($60+), partial highlights ($90+), gloss ($35), and conditioning treatments ($20) to cover all quick changes. Anti-curl treatments ($95+) act as a peace accord between stubbornly twisty locks and sensible scalps, effectively ending years of trade embargos.
In 1987, after just three years of shearing locks, Robert Jeffery Williamson earned an invitation that would shape the course of his career. After competing with more than 300 eager stylists, he was one of 14 picked to study under dramatic hair artists Irvine and Rita Rusk in Scotland. After this training, Jeff returned to tour the United States, where he shared the latest styling techniques at hair shows, became a Rusk Senior Master Designer, and still found time to open his eponymous salon. Today, Jeff has hung up his traveling shoes in order to devote his time to that salon and the skills of the stylists within. His stylists carry on the lessons of his past, employing Rusk products as they snip and color tresses. Yet Jeff continues learning and evolving, and his recent training with Screen Hair Care inspired him to expand the salon’s arsenal with Screen products.
The studio space itself draws on the themes of stardom. Director-style chairs let guests await their appointment in style, and paintings of moviemakers and jazz musicians lend color and inspiration. While there, clients can also visit cosmetics professionals who help them custom-blend their own shades of lipstick, eyeliner, and nail polish so they can match an evening gown or the bush from which they spy on their neighbors.
Since Albert Brown established his namesake salon in 1962, his staff, which includes his veteran-stylist sister Margaret, has glamorized guises with a plentiful menu of salon and spa services. Hair experts sculpt and paint coifs with dexterous hands using products by Paul Mitchell and Redken, and specialists refine exterior details with careful waxing treatments and gleaming OPI manicures. The image mavens also specialize in wedding-day primping, lavishing and elegant up-dos, as well as pampering nail services for brides, bridesmaids, and sentient wedding cakes to further elevate the momentous occasion.