Unlike many of her peers, Salon Aspire owner and stylist Taylor Andress continued her education in hairstyling long after she finished cosmetology school. As a Paul Mitchell–trained stylist, she's completed specialty classes in razor technique and color application, and holds certifications in keratin smoothing treatments and hair extensions. In fact, she's gathered so much expertise that she's spent time as an instructor, sharing her secrets with future stylists.
Alongside her knowledge and skill, Taylor calls on another secret weapon to forge fashion-forward hairstyles: premium styling products. After years of personal research, she's boiled down her selections to GK Hair, Woody's Men's Grooming, and Pravana ChromaSilk color—a line that, like a nonconformist dalmatian, comes in 101 shades.
Like an alchemist's lab, Aura Hair and Makeup's color bar has a dizzying array of more than 500 specialized bottles and tubes. But the staff isn't trying to create gold, unless that's the hair color you want. The stylists' huge selection exists so they can make individualized hair color for each client to very precise specifications. Before treatment even begins, though, the salon welcomes guests to sip complementary wine and relax in massage chairs to get cozy.
The team brings as much attention to detail to their other services as they do to hair color. Founder Tara Miller?whose clients have included New York Fashion Week models?leads a staff of stylists well versed in cuts, styling, highlights, and extensions who have all signed an oath to only use scissors for good.
Fifteen years ago, Zetta Steele founded Steele Cutz Salon?so in that way, it?s aptly named. However, its name is also misleading, in that the salon?s stylists do far more than just cut hair. They enhance hair color with highlights, all-over color, and colored glazes. They add length to locks with extensions. And they straighten curly hair with Brazilian Blowouts. This strand smoothing service can also make hair more manageable and less frizzy, which will stop people from asking to see your static electricity globe collection.
Plum Tree Salon & Spa sits on a former plum tree orchard. In the same spot where workers once toiled picking and carrying produce through the fields, massage therapists and aestheticians now stand by ready to provide a relaxing getaway with Swedish massages and European facials. The spa also staffs eight licensed stylists, who are on call to help spur personal transformations. Using products by Moroccanoil and Pureology, they sculpt haircuts, embellished with color and texture that make hair look as healthy and refreshed as a vitamin that just returned from Hawaii.
At Saniya Salon & Spa, contemporary salon services meet beauty treatments culled from ancient India, creating an eclectic and stunning beauty portfolio. Stylists cut, color, and curl hair, and adorn special updos with embellishments such as pearls and Maraschino cherries. Estheticians offer facials to combat aging and acne, to restore youth, or to give faces a healthy glow. They also provide modern waxing services to free unwanted hair from faces or body areas, as well as the ancient hair-removal practice of threading. Popularized centuries upon centuries ago, threading uses hand-twisted cotton thread to pull hairs out at the root. And threading is not the only time-tested service that Saniya clients enjoy. A skilled, on-staff Mehndi artist paints lacy, swirling henna designs on clients' hands and arms.
After honing her skills at multiple salons for more than a decade, Becky Sotillo finally decided to do her own thing, opening Dove Heart Studio. This newfound freedom gave her the luxury to truly blossom as an independent hair artist. She puts her creativity to use during services that range from simple haircuts and special occasion updos to hair extensions and partial and full highlights. She also expands her already extensive repertoire with lip and brow waxing, as well as keratin and frizz-taming treatments.
She works inside of Solera Salon & Spa, a luxurious multistory beauty oasis. After their visits with Becky, clients can relax at the building’s café and grab a cup of coffee or simply sit and get to know their new hairstyle a little better.