It wouldn’t be misleading to use the word innovative when describing the unity of beauty and cocktails combined within the rustic environs of The Junction Salon & Bar. Indeed, the one-stop shop for looks and liquor hosts a cadre of talented stylists next to a full-service cocktail bar. Stylists flash shears and razors as they sculpt locks or treat dudely clients to barber-quality buzzes and straight-razor shaves. While indulging their guests with a foot massage and shellac manicure, the staff invites clients to recline in pedi chairs and sip a mixed drink under the cozy glare of the exposed wooden ceiling beams that dominate the salon’s decor. Exposed-brick walls run throughout the warehouse-style space, working with the bar and the staff’s wry attitudes to create a casual, hip atmosphere from salon chair to bar stool. Beyond pouring out libations and OPI gel, The Junction’s team fills its truly innovative space with live music on occasion, meaning Diana Ross could get primped for her show, perform it, and celebrate it with drinks all in the same place, if she felt so inclined.
Alter Ego's talented technicians primp and polish customers' fingers. The 40-minute Shellac manicure provides the durability and zero dry time of gel nails with the ease of application and smooth, slick finish of traditional polish. Once applied, the wet Shellac polish takes a trip underneath the special UV lamp, hardening into a chip-defying, ultra-shiny finish and eliminating smudges from purse rummaging and plugging differential equations into a graphing calculator. The finish can last up to two weeks without degrading, and is removed easily with no harm to the natural nails, unlike acrylic removal, which uses tiny, club-wielding trolls to bash away unsightly remnants.
The staff at Full Face & Fabulous have a knack for makeup. Take owner and lead aesthetician Danielle Billingsley, for example. Though she originally worked behind a Bobbi Brown counter at Nordstrom, Danielle’s career skyrocketed when she became a freelance travel artist. Her work has since appeared in magazines and on the runways at fashion shows.
Full Face & Fabulous is more than just a makeup bar, however. There are plenty of other aesthetic services to choose from; clients can relax while they receive one of five different facials, add length to their lashes with eyelash extensions, or get rid of a persistent bunny tail with a waxing treatment. Danielle and her staff can also work with clients to set up bridal makeup services, waxing parties, and even life-coaching sessions.
A former MAC Cosmetics artist with experience styling movie wardrobes, Melissa Solis knows how to craft beautiful looks. Inside her intimate showroom, she transforms women of all ages and sizes into their glamorous alter egos. She offers fashionable clothing from New York, London, and Paris, choosing unique items not generally found in malls or uninhabited planets. She also uses her artistic eye to bring out natural beauty with makeup applications and image consulting. Melissa plays the role of personal shopper, and can even treat dowdy closets to a makeover.
Holley Closser’s workspace is an open door to inspiration. She cuts new hairstyles on men, women, and children that range from classic pixies to modern asymmetrical layers. She can choose from an entire kaleidoscope of colors to add to hair, or create special updos fit for a wedding or baby shower. Even the salon itself pops, from zebra-print chairs to accent walls in hot pink and turquoise hues.
Necole Marlow has more than 15 years of experience revamping hair to suit her clients' unique lifestyle, personality, and political affiliation. In the comfort of her cozy Sola Salon studio, Necole can chisel a stylish new cut or ramp up layers with a bold color process. Clients may also request a swanky updo in honor of an upcoming wedding, birthday, or monster-truck rally.
Glam Lounge’s stylists have beautified celebrities from Rashida Jones to Kellan Lutz of Twilight, and owner Dawn Carrington crafted a TV-quality makeover for TLC’s A Perfect Proposal. At their Raleigh salon, the Hollywood-ready stylists trim men’s and women’s tresses into face-flattering shapes and construct custom bridal updos to match locks with the elegance of the ceremony. In hands-on workshops, they impart professional techniques for brushing, updo building, and heat styling with flat irons and curling irons rather than bike helmets fitted with glowing coals. Glam Lounge's line of hair products, Glam, helps clients to upkeep styled tresses at home with luxurious formulas.