Within the funky, upbeat confines of this Paul Mitchell Focus studio, D&L’s follicular fanatics refurbish lady locks and man manes with timeless and inimitable looks. Opt for a sassy snip and clip with an advanced hair artist ($65), or master hair artist ($75), all schooled in the art of noggin nest rejuvenation. A hair blow ($45) imparts beautiful blasts of heat for precisely sculpted scalps (included with all cuts), and the uptown girl ($75) upsweeps strands for special occasions such as weddings, high-school reunions, or upscale stuffed-animal parties.
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.
Thanks to a staff that's committed to pursuing continuing education, The Ritz Salon & Spa is able to offer a wide variety of advanced and specialty treatments. Its facial selection is particularly diverse and includes everything from diamond microdermabrasion treatments and men's deep-cleansing facials to hyperbaric oxygen therapy and Atoxelene topical therapy meant to mimic the effects of Botox.?
Elsewhere in the spa, massage therapists unkink necks and untie knots during table and chair massages, aestheticians wax away unwanted hair, and stylists make clients feel like new people by completely changing their hairstyles and helping them pick out a fake name to use for hotel reservations. While waiting for their services, clients can sip complimentary beverages from the cappuccino bar.
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.
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.
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.