Voted “one of the best salons in the state” in 2010 by Mississippi Magazine readers, Kosmos Hair Designers offers a jellybean-jar variety of beautifying spa and salon services. Your straightening treatment infuses keratin—a protein naturally found in skin, hair, and nails—deep into hair follicles, eviscerating frizz and curl from your head space and leaving hair smooth, shiny, and temptingly touchable. Unlike alternative salon processes, keratin treatment boosts hair health instead of knocking it down with a steel wrecking ball. Results last three to five months, depending on your hair’s texture and its propensity for running away with seductive Don Juan mop tops.
Allure Salon and Spa expertly snips and reshades strands and resheens tarnished finger armor, its beautification services earning it the title of Best Hair Salon in the 2009 Best of the WAPT A-List contest. Wander into the calming, urban salon space outlined in soothing teals and soft lighting and relax as a savvy stylist trims overgrown noggins into sleek heads fit to nap in a royal guest bedroom. Men can stop in for a simple cut, and feminine locks can get shampooed, cut, and styled before soaking up a color chosen to complement or precisely match their skin tone. Alternatively, a manicure and pedicure put an end to the nervous tapping of fingers and toes feeling slightly unkempt. Trimming, buffing, polish, and cuticle care can help nails shield their digits in style, and an exfoliating sugar scrub promotes the growth of candy-cane forests on the feet. This Groupon is not valid for stylists Kelly or Laura.
The highly trained stylists at Barnette’s Salon are accustomed to hearing compliments from satisfied clients, but in the past few years they've also had to get used to reading praise in print. Along with being named a "Top 100 Salon 2011" by Elle Magazine and "Reader's Choice for Best Salon 2012" by Mississippi Magazine, the salon––which boasts three locations––has also earned the title of "Best Beauty Shop of Jackson 2012" from the Jackson Free Press](http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2012/jan/25/best-of-jackson-2012-urban-living/), who proclaimed, "the staff is not only friendly and professional, but also immensely talented, consisting of some of the top stylists in town."
Those top stylists owe much of their success to the salon's training program, which divvies the staff into five levels, according to experience, and inducts new stylists only after they have endured at least one year of extensive training and learned to identify each hair color by its smell. Specialists if precision cuts and custom color, the team reaches for products from Aveda, Bumble and Bumble, MoroccanOil, and CareTrico, and add instant length and volume using 100% human hair extensions by Great Lengths. For tresses in need of a new texture, they can also calm unruly curls with Keratin smoothing treatments or set strands with permanent waves to help cut down on time spent dealing with hot curling irons or hot rollers.
The Salon’s keratin treatment straightens unruly strands and wavy manes, resulting in silky-smooth tresses free of frizz and flyaways. The three-hour haircare therapy commences with the application of a specialized shampoo and the keratin treatment over the full length of head threads. Wielding a blow dryer, flatiron, and heat-producing Jedi mind tricks, a friendly coiffeuse seals keratin into each individual hair shaft, resulting in glossy, manageable locks that look shampoo-ad worthy for up to six months. The safe treatment replenishes keratin deficiency to strands and reduces dry time by half, freeing up hair dryers for more important tasks, such as heating coffee or warding off irritable snowmen. To protect and maintain newly straightened coifs, The Salon recommends regular use of keratin shampoo and conditioner ($40) and the Keratin Silky & Smooth spray.