A smiling crowd of stylists gathers around a chair, watching as a special guest deftly weaves a woman's hair into a type of braid they've never seen. He lets them pick up where he leaves off, showing them how to part and plait with encouraging guidance. This is not an impromptu sleepover, but a school lesson—Redhouse Salon prioritizes up-to-date education with several events and classes for its staff. In fact, continuing-education milestones are factored in with creativity to determine an employee's rank on the team. By staying abreast of current trends and innovative looks, they broaden their repertoire beyond simple cuts and color applications. Their services cover highlights, stress-reducing scalp massages, and retexturing treatments from the popular perms and Brazilian blowouts to more obscure japanese straightening techniques.
The salon's aestheticians also administer pore-pampering facials. Having trained at the Repêchage institute in New Jersey, they nourish skin with marine ingredients such as seaweed and cleansing slaps from a fish's tail. Elsewhere, nail technicians conclude mani-pedis with swipes of OPI polish and CND Shellac, and massage therapists channel the scents of aromatherapy and the focused pressure of deep-tissue work to ease aches. Clients who hope to carry pieces of their visits home with them can browse shelves of retail products—including formulas from Bumble and bumble, Pureology, and M.D. Skin Care—all of which have been tested and approved by the staff.