Surrounded by exposed brick and clean gray tiles, stylists and estheticians work to pamper guests in the open floor plan of Crimson Renee Salon & Nails. Shampoos, haircuts, and styles work together to create new eye-catching dos, aided by partial or full highlights. Meanwhile, manicures and pedicures tend to nails, as massages soothe muscles.
Education is key at Metro Salon, where the team of experienced hair stylists attends continuous courses to stay abreast in the latest trends such as Brazilian Keratin smoothing treatments and Great Lengths hair extensions. Cutting-edge cuts are reinforced with products by TIGI and American Crew, and clients are encouraged to bring their own blow dryer into the salon so that the stylists can use it to teach them how to replicate their style or defrost a ham in record time. They also put their acute knowledge of current styles to help teens learn to groom themselves with confidence, and create formal updos for weddings and other special occasions.
As her spa’s name suggests, cosmetologist Angie believes that spa services should do more than simply pamper: they should renew and reenergize the body for life’s daily tasks. Angie’s staff of aestheticians, cosmetologists, and nail technicians shares this philosophy in its treatments that range from classic massages and facials to waxing and hairstyling for men and women. To keep up with their industry’s ever-changing trends, staffers enroll in continuing-education classes that cover fashion, styling, and how to decipher the complex literary schemas in popular magazines.
Stylist Ashlee Griggs zips throughout the Toledo area to glamorize gaggles of women in their own homes or carefully trims and tints tresses within the mint-green walls of her home base, Texxture a Salon. Before sculpting strands, Ashlee consults thoroughly with the client, poring over hairstyle photos and taking stock of each strand's tendency to curl during awkward first dates. An experienced Tigi colorist, Ashlee carefully calibrates highlights or all-over color, adding depth and shine to monochromatic hair. After color has set, Ashlee snips hair into a face-framing shape and locks it into place with a blow-dry and style. With help from new partner Erica Miller, Ashlee also whips out styling tools and makeup brushes to glamorize faces with an armada of liners and powders, which embellishes facial features for demurely posed wedding photos or showdowns with facial-recognition software in nearby grocery aisles.
At Jan’s Laser Hair Therapy, technicians aim to transform thinning wisps into lustrous heads of hair by targeting scalps with FDA safety-approved low-level laser light therapy. During treatments, laser light energizes cells and stimulates circulation, helping to stimulate hair growth and create strands that are thick and strong, like a stone tablet dictionary. As the laser diodes set to work during the 30-minute, semiweekly sessions, clients can relax and read books or magazines. And after each session, clients can resume everyday activity with little to no downtime required.
The hairdressers at Toni and Guy Hairdressing Academy may be students, but they undergo plenty of training before they hit the salon floor. In fact, by day two of their cosmetology schooling, they perform their first haircut—on a mannequin, of course. In the salon, they work under the watchful eye of experienced, licensed instructors and put their acquired skills to use. Their services include hairstyling—haircuts, deep-conditioning treatments, highlights, all-over color, updos—as well as waxing, manicures, and pedicures.