Inside Salon Pennae, Tangela LaRue helms Art of Perfection, where she provides haircare education and services to women of all ages. Tangela works with tresses of all textures and specializes in vibrant color, smoothing relaxers and silkings, elongating extensions, and stylish cuts. In addition to hair services, she artfully applies makeup, shapes eyebrows, and adds extensions to make lashes lush enough to bat away fog.
Sure, you can blow-dry your hair at home, but it likely won’t be quite the same as a salon blowout. Find out why with Groupon’s look into the blowout’s sleek mystique.
There’s something like old-time alchemy going on every time someone gets a blowout. Take a couple of elemental ingredients—wind and heat—combine them with a professional’s trained hand and strong wrist, and you end up with something precious: movie-star hair. The actual process is simple: the stylist washes the hair, then blow-dries it in small sections to the client’s specifications, often using a round brush to create smooth volume. The result might be straight, wavy, or purposely tousled, and it can be such a look changer that some women refrain from washing their hair for days afterward to maintain the glamour. Many people find the service so valuable they return to the salon for it between haircuts, sometimes several times a week.
In some ways, this practice is a throwback to the beauty parlors of the past, where women would drop in weekly to have their hair styled and set. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis used to get her hair blown out three times a week in the 1960s and 1970s; today, reportedly, so do celebs such as Kate Middleton and Gwyneth Paltrow. To keep up with demand, blowout-only salons have popped up in the last few years, dedicating all their chairs to the service.
Hairstylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians work amid a sea of bright pink walls at Glamorazzi Salon and Beauty Bar, which maintains a fun, laidback atmosphere. The salon caters to the hair needs of both men and women with haircuts. Each cut begins with a consultation and an analysis of the client’s face and end with tips on maintaining the new ‘do at home and when camping in a windtunnel. Beyond the realm of hair, the studio carries out lash treatments, including extensions by Xtreme Lashes®, which are applied individually to each lash to affect a natural appearance. Among the studio’s other treatment offerings: customized facials, massages, and waxing treatments.
The Glamorazzi crew serves their local community outside the salon, too—during a Fox 5 “Wednesday’s Child” segment, the team gave a fresh makeover to 14-year-old foster child Maggie.
Besides beautifying hair, stylist Bettie Monroe Salon's main mission is to make their clients feel at home. That's why she's filled the freestanding brick building with leather furniture, dark hardwood floors, and a cozy fireplace. Yet, in spite of her emphasis on hominess, her professional salon services are hardly the kind you get at home. Precision haircuts descend from her fingertips along with Big Sexy Hair products, keratin smoothing treatments, and color services. Clients looking to augment their natural lengths can opt for feather and hair extensions.
Forty Strands Salon specializes in elongating hair extensions. Its hair-extension specialist sews, tapes, or microloops in extensions, volumizing and lengthening locks. She also offers lash extensions, as well as manicures, pedicures, and facials with mobile services available.
Brands Used: Onesta
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Master stylist Jessica Dunn keeps up with the latest haircare trends through her Onesta continuing-education classes. She uses the organic, eco-friendly, and PETA-approved haircare brand while styling hair at 97 Main Salon, where she also creates low-maintenance layered 'dos by wet-cutting hair and imbuing locks with multi-dimensional color.
Her fellow beauty experts tend to hair as well, removing unwanted strands on the body through waxing or electrolysis, both of which are performed in a private room in the salon.