GS Hair owner Greg Saumure is so particular about who he hires that he created The Cut Test, a trial by scissors that challenges prospective stylists to execute five different haircut styles as well as demonstrate mastery in coloring tresses. The result is a staff of Paul Mitchell– and Vidal Sassoon–educated stylists with such extensive knowledge that they can cut a trendy bob while blindfolded with a writhing koala. These stylists work their mane magic across a 3,000-square-foot space complete with 20 hair stations, ergonomically designed shampoo bowls, and even a mani-pedi lounge.
Poular Jervonne, a polytextural cosmetologist who can style any type of hair from any ethnicity, works closely with clients to craft customized hairstyles that suit their unique personalities. Aside from hair services for women, men, and children, the multitalented salon expert can also beautify nails with manicures and pedicures, expertly apply makeup, and wax away unwanted facial hair. Poular also keeps track of new techniques, tools, and trends to keep the service menu up to date.
From hair extensions in vibrant colors to keratin formulas to bowls of warm wax, the specialists at Studio Hair Design have every tool necessary to bolster their clients’ visages. They remove unwanted hair from upper lips or antlers and ready faces for any situation with permanent-makeup applications. Additionally, stylists take their scissors and curling irons on the road when they travel to housebound customers or bridal parties for on-location appointments.
Licensed stylist Shené Dinkins has been crafting creative hairdos for more than a decade. As the name suggests, she dyes locks at The Beauty of Color by Shené, creating multidimensional hair hues. She also relaxes natural hair, sews in weaves, and constructs intricate updos.
Conversations with strangers usually don't lead to newfound good looks, unless those strangers are the amiable sextet helming Vanity Lounge Beauty Boutique. Amid lavender-hued walls and potted orchids, the stylists involve each client thoroughly in the beautification process, discussing individual aesthetic wishes at length before delving into any procedure or genie-bottle rubdown. As the professional prettifiers work, they instruct clients on how to re-create new looks at home, sharing wisdom gained in training from Goldwell and Sebastian.
Walking past the kaleidoscopic ranks of bottles from brands such as Sebastian, Crew, and Number 4 lining the walls, patrons reach a range of boutique accessories such as jewelry, clutches, and hair doodads. Excited chatter drifts back and forth between the stylists and guests planning private beauty parties, which include refreshments and hair dryers trained to drown out dull stories.
From styling celebrity hair to revitalizing complexions with relaxing facials, the team at Willo Aveda, an Aveda concept salon, aims to fill local mirrors with visions of beauty. Stylists of five different experience levels wash and rinse hair before breathing new life into languishing strands with a tailored cut and blow-dry. Alternatively, hair artisans can deploy Aveda's 97%–99% naturally derived formulas to refresh hair with a single-process color or nourish locks with conditioning plant oils that leave hair shinier than a freshly licked ring pop. The stylists at Willo Aveda also stay engaged with their clients through an active blog that celebrates lauded hair happenings. Most recently, the business collaborated with other Aveda salons to help set a Guinness World Record for the most money raised for charity in 24 hours through haircuts alone.