In ancient Greek mythology, Apollo was the god of music and one of the most popular sons of Zeus. His esteemed name now adorns Apollo Hair, Health & Beauty as a sign of the divine service clients receive. Guests can book time with a skilled stylist for voluminous layers, or a request a specialty facial to renew the complexion. The salon also offers an array of hair-replacement services that Medusa would have been wise to consider.
Most professional stylists loathe cancelled appointments, but not Graeme Welsh. Graeme is a volunteer stylist at Seattle Children's Hospital, where a cancellation means his client has made a recovery––and that's always a good thing. In a recent Channel 5 feature, Graeme discussed the many silver linings of his hospital work, as well as the hurdles. "When I first started 15 years ago, it was just a chair amongst all the volunteers folding envelopes," says the native Australian. "I had a chair, and a mirror and a water spray and that was it."
Today Graeme is in much better company. He has his own hospital room for styling, and is joined by several other stylists keen on his cause. What's more, some former patients have become recurrent clients, stopping in for a trim en route to their own hospital volunteer work. When not changing lives at the hospital, Graeme helms his own successful styling studio––Three Graces Salon, off 65th St. The space is as bright as his personality. Golden walls and wood floors beam with natural light as he infuses strands with bold highlights and frames haircuts to flatter his appreciative clientele.
Studio Salon stylists Amanda and Miceala work hair magic that doesn't break the bank. All haircuts include a complimentary shampoo and style, and services such as deep-conditioning, glaze, and chlorine treatments are discounted when purchased as part of a package. Relaxers and keratin treatments leave locks shiny and smooth, whereas highlights or ombre color add depth to 'dos. They can also volumize hair with tape-in or microbead extensions and prep guests for important events with special-occasion hair and makeup.
Amid a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, BaBaLouise patrons can acquire top-notch hair trimming and waxing services that will leave them prim and sleek enough to bait complimentary remarks from coworkers and dolphin. The salon's talented staff of stylists and voodoo hair-hexers will expertly shape coiffures and diminish bushy follicle foliage among lads and lassies alike. Men can achieve a sustainable hair farm with a buzz cut ($10+), while locks of a more ladylike length can get judiciously edited with long cut or bob ($36+). Beards or bangs can be trimmed for $5, while monochromatic manes can be transformed into Technicolor tresses with a coloring ($55+). BaBaLouise is also quite adept at blowouts and updos ($45+), foils and bleaches ($65+), and conditioning treatments ($25–$35).
Canary Salon's decor—bright turquoise and canary yellow colors—gives a glimpse into the passion its stylists have for color. Equipped with Pravana Vivid and Pastel colors, Rochelle Fairchild adds vibrant hues to locks to help clients express their personalities and stand out in a crowd without resorting to wearing a crown of fire. Owner Heather Strock takes a different approach to color, adding soft highlights and lowlights that give hair more dimension.
What do you get when a chemistry major with an artistic streak and a restaurant manager team up? You get a salon that creates jaw-droppingly naturalistic hair colors and runs like clockwork. The brains behind the operation are Gary Howse and Manuel Benevich—the founders of Gary Manuel Studio. After joining forces in 1979, the duo quickly started racking up accolades from the likes of Allure, Vogue, Glamour, and Highlights. They’ve also established their own Aveda Institute, where they teach the art of environmentally-friendly hair care and cosmetology to fledgling stylists.