Melissa Borders knows a bit of everything when it comes to aesthetics, brandishing her expertise as both a licensed skin therapist and as a field trainer for Dermalogica. She uses the line’s professional-grade products to clean and brighten skin, performing facials with an awareness of each individual’s skin concerns and conditions. As an added beautification bonus, she also waxes bodies from brow to lower leg, tints eyebrows and eyelashes, and bronzes skin surfaces during mobile airbrush tanning sessions.
Lush greenery bursts from colorful vases inside each of Salon Reaction’s treatment rooms, where walls of turquoise and mustard ignite a sense of relaxation, and hardwood floors gleam beneath the steady gaze of track lighting. The lush, elegant atmosphere at Nancy Haenni’s salon keeps clients coming back for a kaleidoscope of services that includes haircuts, pedicures, body wraps, and facials. Organic spray tans dust skin with golden hues, and an octet of massages aims to release tension and stress accrued while leading lemming parades. After appointments, colorful bottles of styling potions vie for attention near the salon’s exit, ready to be adopted by a loving nest of hair.
During his 13 years spent teasing and styling strands, Michael Cauble has studied with platform artists and educators from such prominent beauty institutions as Vidal Sassoon and Aveda, and even soaked up firsthand knowledge from the VP of Aquage. Not content to rest on his perfectly coiffed laurels, he continues to stay apace of modern fashions by tirelessly pursuing ongoing educational opportunities while working as an independent stylist at Salon Reaction. There, products by brands such as Bumble and bumble, Redken, and Moroccanoil feature into his stylish cuts and coloring treatments. He also excels at special services such as balayage highlights or ombre color, and is often sought out to style updos for special events such as weddings and employee-of-the-month acceptance speeches.
Though she may be new to the Overland Park area, stylist Christy Cleaver knows her way around the styling chair. A veteran of the hair industry for more than 17 years, she spent a decade and a half at the helm of her own salon, and brings specialties in razor cuts, hair straightening, and two-tone color panels. Her greatest talent, however, is her ability to listen carefully to each client's wants and needs, and then use the latest industry techniques to help those desires take shape in the styling mirror before them. Best of all, heads leave Christy's capable hands brimming with knowledge about how to recreate styled locks at home, eliminating the need for home hairbrushes to list her as an emergency contact.
Since 2004, The Birdcage Salon's meticulous stylists have injected pizzazz into dreary 'dos with expertly crafted cuts, vibrant colors, and omega-oil-rich Aquage products. The 90- to 120-minute appointment with a Level 1 stylist begins with an investigation into current hair hopes. After reaching a verdict, the hair whisperer will apply complementary highlights (a $70 value) to flatter complexions and provide a good role model for graying ball caps. Follicles marinate in color while patrons marvel at feather-sketched walls inside the open salon. Scissor specialists express their gratitude to veteran split ends before severing ties and shaping locks into a pristine style (a $25 value). The salon is open seven days a week, and Groupon customers can upgrade to a Level 2 or Level 3 stylist by paying an additional fee or bringing a recommendation letter from George Washington’s powered wig. Call ahead for details.