Brenda Castillo taps her 11 years of hairstyling experience to realize clients’ aesthetic aspirations with deft haircut, styling, and coloring services for men and women. The skilled stylist shears down overgrown hairstyles with steady scissors and keenly honed aesthetic instincts, snipping strands before whipping them into keratin-based confections that frame faces and discretely disguise skull tattoos of precious treasure maps. During partial-highlighting services, Brenda reanimates hair one lock at a time, and full coloring treatments yield vivid tones all over. During eyelash-extension services, Brenda studies clients' lash lines before replicating their fluttery prowess with synthetic extensions culled from an assortment of sizes and textures for a fringe to rival even the most outrageous 1970s suede jacket.
Scott Sachnoff's passion for hair color began 20 years ago in Santa Barbara, California, where he began his career by assisting a head colorist for Schwarzkopf. It took a move to New York City to fully catapult him into the high-fashion world of hairstyling, however, and a stint spent training with Redken soon found him ascending to assume the title of Master Hair Colorist. While his time in the Big Apple earned him a loyal customer base, Scott soon caught the traveling bug again, relocating this time to Texas to establish his own salon and a reputation among the state's politicians, professionals, and celebrity line dancers. Today, he credits Austin's vibrant streets and nightlife with inspiring his signature cut and color treatments, which he creates using low-ammonia formulas by Italian color line Framesi.
Salon Seven owner Kim has been helping others feel beautiful since long before she opened her salon. As a young girl, she frequently styled the hair of her friends, family members, and invisible dragons, then applied their makeup. Yet life temporarily drew her away from her passion in adulthood when she spent several years on a corporate career path paved with work memos. Finally, in 2003, she stepped off the corporate ladder to return to her original calling. At Salon Seven, Kim draws from her lifetime of beautification to transform locks with chic cut, color, and styling services or Brazilian Blowouts that smooth cuticles until they can be blow-dried straight or sculpted into a mini replica of Michelangelo's David. Waxing services render skin fuzz-free before her masterful makeup application enhances freshly smooth features.
Nicole of Tande Hair Studio has more than 17 years of experience in the beauty and fashion industry. Over the course of her career, she's trained with several high-end companies, including Aveda, Redken, and Goldwell. She uses her extensive training to add a "wow" factor to clients' looks. As Nicole likes to say, "If you're not getting compliments on your hair, then it's time for change."
Leave it to best friends of 14 years to share everything, including a lifelong passion for beauty and a business partnership that allows them to explore that passion. That’s the case for Misty Hill and Julie Pellizzaro, who worked in the beauty industry together for 10 years before they opened Halo Hair Salon. Now, inside their own studio, the duo transforms appearances with hair-color services, makeup, lash extensions, and airbrush tanning. The point of these services is to help women exude the power of the salon’s mascot, the pinup girl, who symbolizes independence, confidence, and America’s love for affixing things to walls. Pellizzaro and Hill are also certified DreamCatchers hair-extension artists and educators for Sexy Hair Co.
Shear Envy Salon’s trio of trained stylists transforms untamed tresses into smooth 'dos during Brazilian blowout treatments. During the eight-step, roughly 90-minute process, nimble hands apply shampoos, solutions, and serums designed to coat the hair shaft in keratin proteins, smoothing disheveled strands without exposure to jazz sax solos. A final blow-dry seals the stylist’s lock-straightening in place for 10–12 weeks. Though Brazilian blowouts can often render wavy hair stick-straight, the treatment will allow curly hair to keep some of its curvature, ensuring that stray strands can still function as corkscrew stand-ins during hard-up winetastings.