Based in the historic downtown area, Lunatic Fringe is at home among the neighborhood's posh restaurants and boutiques, and that's reflected in the salon's contemporary decor. A matrix of tiny spotlights stipple the salon's high ceiling, casting a glow on neon-green salon chairs, tall mirrors, and clay-tile floors. In this modern atmosphere, stylists snip, dye, and style men's and women's coifs with hair services, such as elegant updos and multidimensional color.
Stylist Tonia Henry plies the stylists’ trade with a trained, artistic eye, and she has amassed a wealth of professional experience. Before setting up shop with Salon Lofts, Tonia earned certification as a Redken color specialist and keratin smoothing-treatment technician. She also served as an educator for Alterna and a stylist for numerous photo shoots and commercials. Today, Tonia defrizzes strands with her mastery of keratin techniques and transforms hair into lustrous, flowing locks with her expertise in color application and highlights. In addition to sprucing up hair with cuts, styling, ombre highlights, and retouches, Tonia Henry removes unwanted facial hair with lip waxing and eyebrow sculpting.
Salon Concepts connects talented stylists with private suites where they can tend to tresses and soothe skin in a peaceful environment. Services and pricing vary by location, with an array of beautifying treatments abounding across the network like bunnies on a verdant spring catwalk. Seventeen participating aestheticians are armed with a pack of prettification options such as cut-and-color combos from experienced colorist Brent Bauer at Salon Concepts Oakley ($60–$175) or body waxing ($10+) under the gentle hands of Randy Jackson at Salon Concepts Florence. Check in for a noninvasive frown-removal procedure with a facial expert ($35+) or a stress-melting massage ($35+) from Erlinda Griffin at Salon Concepts Montgomery.
Renew Salon & Skin Care's Shanna Lynn bedecks lackluster lashes with Shavasana extensions. Initial eyelash installation takes one–two hours, during which Shanna secures single strand semipermanent Shavasana extensions to feeble fringes, hair by hair. The results are longer, thicker eye trimmings, giving you the confidence necessary to wink at strangers and unleashed dogs. After 48 hours, the freshly lashed can frost the extensions with mascara. A refill, which lasts less than 60 minutes, is recommended within two–three weeks.
After her first beauty-school client beamed at her new haircut, Brittany Harvey was hooked on seeing customers' smiles. She has since spent hours in professional classrooms—listening to lectures from companies such as Goldwell and Paul Mitchell—and at her salon station, deftly pursuing the reward of a grin. Often, that expression accompanies a walk down the aisle, as Brittany specializes in formal bridal-party services administered both on- and off site, or even on the bride as she's walking down the aisle.
When she's not working on weddings, Brittany might render extensions that lengthen strands into natural-looking cascades or trims that shorten coifs into flattering layers. Goldwell and Rusk products, meanwhile, aid her in applying highlights, corrective color, and all-over color. She rounds out her treatment menu with simple shampoo-and-style packages, as well as waxing for brows, chins, and lips.
Nail technicians unleash their inner artists with imaginative designs that complete manicures. They paint everything from cartoon characters to football players onto digits. The nail art isn’t the only service at Montage Hair and Nail Studio that steps outside the box. Stylists use a kaleidoscope of hues to color hair, including highlights in cobalt blue or hot pink. They also offer dramatic and classic cuts for men, women, and children. In addition, the stylists coat hair in speciality treatments, which condition and moisturize strands or remove chlorine, minerals, and last New Year's confetti from locks.