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.
Vintage pinup girls keep watch over the transformations that take place inside Pinup Salon, where tiny clouds of hair spray and the hum of hair dryers surround guests in a cozy space. The framed pictures?clinging to walls and resting on top of hairstylists? workstations?and vintage shots of James Dean serve as creative inspiration for the stylists. Aside from re-creating the pinup hairdos made popular in the 1940s and 1950s, the stylists craft classic and modern ?dos with trendy ombre locks, using such hues as cobalt blue, hot pink, and clear.
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.