Penny Whittington is a whiz at getting rid of overgrown hair. She uses her trusty pair of scissors or a miniature weed whacker to cut off split ends and unwanted length, transforming manes into new styles from classic to cutting-edge. At Studio Nouveau, Penny and the rest of the stylists support charities such as American Cancer Society and Locks of Love.
Each of Pro-Cuts' more than 150 locations embodies the company's casual, no-frills ethos in its own way. The salon owners cultivate an atmosphere approachable to families and menfolk while sustaining an undercurrent of elegance. The quick-snipping Pro-Cuts stylists specialize in the Pro-Cuts 15-minute haircut, followed by a 10-hour eulogy for sideburns past. While services vary by location, typical offerings include kids cuts, beard trimming, and shampoo service powered by big-name salon brands such as Biolage and American Crew.
Mandy Mizzell has been a licensed stylist in the Dallas area for six years and currently works out of the upscale Firewheel Salons space. Inside her private treatment suite, she nimbly uses scissors to create one-of-a-kind looks that fit each client's aesthetic tastes and personality. In addition to haircuts and color treatments, Mandy specializes in hair extensions that can help people get the look of added length without having to sew scarves into their hair.
Nusrat, the cosmetologist and owner of Ashi Beauty Corner, specializes in correcting botched waxing jobs. "A vast majority of my clients have come to me due to having been previously 'brow-butchered,'" she said. As a remedy, she practices threading—an ancient hair-removal method that requires a thin string and nimble fingers.
Prior to each treatment, Nusrat loops a sterile thread around both her hands and tugs the loose end with her teeth. As she rolls the thread across the skin's surface, she traps unwanted hair and extracts it at the follicle level. Because threading avoids the use of topical agents, it's traditionally indicated for people with allergies or sensitive skin. Compared to waxing, it's often regarded as more precise—the technician can target one individual hair or an entire row of unruly threads.
Nusrat performs these treatments in private quarters. "The ambiance makes clients feel surrounded in comfort and enveloped by personal, attentive service," she said. Her personal studio resides within The Salons at Bella Suites, which lives inside Firewheel Town Center, which is nested within the belly of a matryoshka doll.
Barbie's signature long locks were never safe around Samantha Serie who knew at a very young age that she was destined to be a hairstylist. For the past 25 years, Samantha has been realizing that destiny, helping clients achieve their desired hairdo from classic cuts to fashion-forward trends.
Inside her private suite at the contemporary Firewheel Salons in the Firewheel Town Center Mall, Samantha starts each visit with a thorough consultation, listening to clients’ concerns and goals but also their fears about monsters that will crimp their hair while they sleep. Samantha feels as a stylist that it is her job to help clients "break the…molds that become their hair." She does this with color corrections, barber-style clipper cuts, and foil highlights. She also regularly attends continuing education courses to keep her skills fresh and is happy to recommend other technicians if she cannot personally perform a specific treatment requested.