After passing through the chic foyer of Lindsey Soria's Studio Nine salon, guests proceed past walls lined with local artists' work and through windowed french doors to the 100-square-foot private chamber of their chosen stylist, massage therapist, or aesthetician. Stylist Lindsey's colorful feather hair extensions (a $50 value), made with genuine rooster feathers, accent native head-plumage with hues ranging from hot pink to silver, each sure to attract admiring glances and migrating birds. The stylish strands won't damage their home-grown neighbors, and, once clamped in, can be brushed, blow-dried, straightened, or curled at temperatures up to 450 degrees. Like normal hair, the extensions last up to four months before leaving patrons for someone else.
The professional stylists at Elite Hair of Abilene consult with clients on personal style preferences in order to sculpt tresses into sleek, flattering forms. Patrons are piloted across the salon’s earthy brown tiles to a padded styling chair, where a cape protects clothes from falling hair. A mane guru communes with each strand individually through complex scissor sign language, and in roughly 20 minutes, coiffure destiny manifests itself amid the salon's cerulean furnishings and potted plants. Clients perform a multiangle check in the many mirrors that decoratively speckle the blue and white walls, ensuring that strands look appealing when viewed by passersby and judges of headstand competitions.
Tucked inside a cosmetic studio, Nelda's Styling Center beautifies locks with sleek cuts and shimmering colors. Mary, Caitlin and Chelse stay atop trends to snip strands into the latest styles, shearing edgy bobs and reshaping bangs into muttonchops for a modern Martin Van Buren look. After crafting face-flattering clips, stylists blow out and style hair, proffering tips on brushstrokes and pomades so that clients can master polished 'dos at home. Groupon holders opting for highlights enjoy a pampering treatment as rich color slicks hair, whispering scary stories to roots until they whiten from fear.
Unlike large, impersonal salons with a dozen stations and myriad stylists running around with scissors, Biyoushi Salon has only one chair. That's because the biyoushi—or "beautician"—at Biyoushi Salon focuses her full attention on each client during each of her signature cuts, color treatments, and perms. She evidences this commitment to individual service right off the bat with a preservice consultation, during which she evaluates the client's skin tone and facial shape.