Outside Salon Zero, Inc.?s second-story windows, palms and tall trees sway as a stylist feathers strands of hair through fingers for a precise clip or colors hair using ammonia-free products. Because it's a fume-free salon, services are accomplished without shrouding clients in a cloud of chemicals, which can cause teary eyes or Toxic Avenger sequels. During consultations they hope to inspire clients to avoid such harmful chemicals, educating them on healthy alternatives. Their services range from infusing hair with vitamins while expunging built-up minerals and chlorine left behind by damaging hair products to massaging botanical-based Phytopolleine universal scalp elixir into craniums, treating dry or oily conditions. Their aestheticians brush low-temperature, all-natural wax along faces to eliminate unwanted hair and soften skin. The team can also take their chemical-free ways to weddings or photo shoots with on-location services.
At Thomas McPherson Salon, stylists lavish each client with individual attention, an amenity that's only possible at an intimate, personalized salon. Owner Stuart McPherson created this boutique styling center as an escape from the mammoth, cookie-cutter salons popularized by megalomaniacal bakers. He specializes in dry cuts for curly hair, and frequently save manes with corrective coloring services using Matrix products. Among the experienced staff is Harrington, a master hair cutter, color specialist, educator, and updo designer who recently returned from Los Angeles after styling hair for Dancing With the Stars. Their aesthetic sensibilities even extend to the decor: glass-topped coffee tables and oriental rugs in the lobby lead to antique-looking gold-and-black sideboards at each styling station.
The stylists at Salon Couture flatter faces with haircuts that are tailored to each client's features and lifestyle. Their highlights add fun streaks or extra dimension to 'dos, and their ammonia-free color treatments mask grays. Other services include professional Brazilian keratin treatments that leave frizzy locks tamed for weeks on end, and Remy hair extensions that were approved Rapunzel herself.
Cathy Pennington uses colors ranging from classic blonds to vibrant blues to enhance her clients’ manes range. She puts them to work in highlights, as all-over color, in an ombre effect, or for a short-term riot of hues through hair pastels. Her creative endeavors also include trendy haircuts for men, women, and children; perms that create waves and curls; and facial waxing that removes fuzz on upper lips and teeth.
A head of hair is a blank canvas on which Stephanie Toole creates artwork. At Stephanie's Studio at The Salon Lofts, she cuts hair, adds dimension with highlights, creates intricate updos, and even shapes eyebrows. She executes each treatment with her client's vision in mind, and seeing a client walk out with more confidence than a rhino playing Red Rover is what inspires her passion for hairstyling.