Wurstle endeavors to revolutionize the classic American hot dog by concocting a menu of completely customizable and mess-free gourmet sausages. Three types of baguette encase half a dozen sausage choices—each MSG- and filler-free —in standard, junior, or mini-sizes, which customers can each crown with an array of toppings such as homemade mustard, spicy ketchup, or Wurstle-kraut. The kitchen crew trades in their deep fryer for the oven, complementing their hand-held feasts with healthful baked accompaniments of french fries, Nutella puffs, and piping hot sodas.
Kids may be picky about eating vegetables but they can be even pickier about the hairstyle they wear. That’s why Sugar & Spice Kids Salon—voted Best Hair Salon 2010 by Nickelodeon’s Parents Connect—focuses solely on performing kid-approved haircuts, updos, mini mani-pedis, and temporary hair-coloring treatments. Bright colors and zebra prints wrap around the salon, where youngsters settle into any of the seven car- and motorcycle-covered barber chairs.
Stylists take before and after pictures of toddlers getting their first haircuts, and teach tweens healthy skincare habits during facials. They also oversee spa parties, many of which include a styling with a glitter-colored hair spray and a kid-friendly beauty product kids can take home. All of the Glop, Glam, and Little Green beauty products retailed in Sugar & Spice's adjoining boutique—packed with flashy hair accessories woven from last year’s crush list—are made from organic ingredients that are free of chemicals and parabens.
Part of what makes Julie Martin the stylist she is today has a lot to do with her experiences on both sides of the chair. She kicked off her career as a professional model, getting an impromptu apprenticeship in the types of tricks and techniques that go into creating a magazine-quality look. Eventually, she channeled that experience—along with some time spent training as a Paul Mitchell stylist—into her own boutique.
At La Vita Salon, she treats her clients like models in their own fashion shoot, talking through details and style preferences to pull off a look original to that client. In addition to haircuts and blowouts, Julie applies professional color and constructs elegant updos that increase her clients chances of getting voted “Most Updone” for the office yearbook.
Redken, Loreal, Bio Ionic, and Brazilian Blowout aren't just names of brands or Donatella Versace's favorite cats. They're also some of the credentials listed on stylist Irina Volkova's resume. Having spent nearly a decade training with these and other products, she continues her education behind the salon chair every day. As a part of her dedication to her clients' styles, she also continues to attend advanced training classes in the latest products and techniques. With her own space inside ?Elite Hair Studios?where she runs Your Style with Irina?she offers her clients services that include highlights, perms, and up dos.
Katie Auth can give a classic or a cutting edge haircut. After years in the industry, she’s become a versatile stylist with the technique and vision to tailor each haircut to the client and their features. At Hair by Katie Auth, she offers haircuts as well as coloring for women and men, facial waxing, and keratin treatments. She even offers up tip and tricks of the trade for her clients, such as what makes a great dry-shampoo substitute and how to care for split ends without individually super-gluing all of them together again.
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