The refurbished home lounges so sleepily against the tree-lined property that it is hard not to knock on the door before entering. Inside, though, the salon is wide awake. The walls swell with installments of deep orange and verdigris, which crackle against the dark wooden hair stations and matching mirrors. Chatter drifts from stylists in individual consultations as they prepare to clip, color, treat, or extend tresses with Paul Mitchell and natural Carol's Daughter products.
Quieter still, the throaty rasp of emery boards draws eyes to nail technicians armed with warm oil, paraffin wax, and long-lasting OPI polish. Recognizing that the body deserves coddling too, aestheticians promote circulation with leg massages or improve air circulation by throwing one of the salon chairs through a closed window.
Owner and hair expert Beth Sullivan is a 37-year veteran of the beauty industry. She's traveled across the country working as a color consultant, educator, and hair-show coordinator and has lent her skills to major haircare brands such as Matrix and Paul Mitchell. Today, she utilizes her experiences and creativity to perform haircare services in her own salon.
Beth's colleague, Mary Melvin, spent much of her professional career stationed at a computer, but she always wanted to find an opportunity to help people who wouldn't thank her in binary code. When she found out that her blood pressure was dangerously high, she resolved to improve her health, which led her to Reiki. She then earned a certification in the practice, and she now has a career that allows her to help others through an ancient touch technique that restores the body's healing energy flow. Along with their haircare and relaxation treatments, the team's aesthetician Ingrid Solomon performs professional waxing and skincare services.
Stylists and aestheticians work side by side at Vintage13 Salon, performing modern techniques in a charming atmosphere that harks back to a bygone era. Soft music plays while mirrors with quaintly scalloped edges provide an old-fashioned frame for hairstyles created with the help of strand-smoothing Brazilian Blowouts or updos fortified with Kenra products. Skincare experts enhance the exfoliating effects of organic and detoxifying facials with a soothing reflexology massage of the face, hand, arms, and décolleté, and also stimulate cell turnover with LED light therapy designed to restore moisture, firmness, and the ability to taste colors.
After treatments, patrons may wind down with one of Vintage13's complimentary mimosas or check out an antique-style chest of drawers bearing handmade jewelry for sale, which credits regular exfoliation for its shiny, ageless finish.
Britt Murphy, a skilled stylist at Aura Salon and Day Spa, specializes in haircuts and coloring. She can customize the look to a client’s visage, fortifying locks with conditioning treatments and adding enhanced style with services that include full and partial highlights.