Southern hospitality and chic city style aren't mutually exclusive, and Sweet T Salon is proof of that. The multicultural salon's friendly stylists create sophisticated looks that blend Southern influences with sophistication. In true Southern fashion, guests sip sweet tea while stylists tend to tresses with cuts and styles. In addition, its organic keratin treatments and specialty oil-based color can be paired with debrassing treatments, which remove yellow-orange tones and excess metals from locks. Along with haircare services, the staff pampers guests with mani-pedis, makeup applications, and waxing services.
With over 15 years of experience and time spent styling models for Maxim, Playboy, and MTV in Wilmington, Bryce Anderson opened his own salon in Raleigh to provide cutting edge looks in his hometown with high-end salon products. Able to fashion custom cuts for men, women, and style-conscious scarecrows, Bryce uses current trends to create natural looks that accentuate each client’s face. On top of cuts, Bryce is also proficient at providing eye-popping new hues with the help of Goldwell hair color products.
At Salon Eden, a talented team of stylists and nail technicians treat clients to everything from stylish cuts to french manicures and gel polish. Honey-hued walls complement the loft-like interior of the salon, creating an ideal space for fostering style creativity. It's in here where the staff conceptualizes precision haircuts and bold color treatments or banishes unwanted facial fuzz. For nail services, they outfit clients in delicate french manicures or soften skin with paraffin wraps.
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.
Tropical Smoothie Café's wholesome smoothies are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements, minimizing the crushing guilt of dessert consumption to a soft heartbeat emanating from the floorboards. Puréed potions such as Pomegranate Plunge (pomegranate, banana, strawberries, cranberry, $4.99) are stuffed with super fruit, and low-fat options, such as Mango Magic (mango, pineapples, non-fat yogurt, $4.29), trick gullible taste buds into believing that they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops. Supercharged smoothies are stocked with a healthy dose of supplements, such as the Kiwi Citrus Green Tea's antioxidant-laden matcha charge or the Muscle Blaster's whey or soy protein ($4.89 each). Individual supplements can also be added to any other smoothie ($0.59 extra), boosting its magic points by +10.
What does it take to earn the title of AVEDA Lifestyle Salon Spa? A long list of criteria must be met, but many of the factors come down to one thing: education. For the team at Von Kekel, that means training with Global Masters at Aveda Institutes in London, New York, Minneapolis, and other cities across the world. At these institutes, the staff learns how to get the most out of Aveda's proprietary line of eco-friendly products, which derive 97% of their ingredients from plants.
All of that preparation occurs long before a client ever steps into one of Von Kekel's three locations. Here, the staffers administer salon and spa treatments with the essential oils and natural herbal ingredients of Aveda products. Whether for a haircut with highlights or a cleansing facial with a massage, each visit starts with a complimentary beverage and a consultation. The latter ensures clients get the most out of their chosen treatments, while the former helps meet the daily requirement for liquid-based relaxation.