Led by Angelique Lewis, whose work has been featured in Style and Self magazines, a team of experienced stylists at Studio A Salon upholds Aveda's vision of connecting beauty, environment, and well-being. In their Aveda concept salon, the team strives to restore both inner and outer beauty, relieving stress and reenergizing the body through haircuts, conditioning, and color services. They also smooth textured or frizzy hair with keratin and hair-relaxing treatments. They finish each new 'do with Aveda's 97% plant-derived, globally sourced, and sustainably harvested haircare products—made from mineral-rich dead sea salts, organic honey, and proteins from the Peruvian rainforest—that leave hair healthy and slightly sheepish about not recycling its shampoo bottles. The salon also offers mani-pedis and a boutique selling Aveda products and glittery costume jewelry.
Laurie Smith has experienced a lot of things. She studied sociology and Asian cultures in college with an emphasis in the Chinese language. She worked as a security guard at high-risk locations. But she didn't discover her passion until she went into the beauty industry. She approached hair styling with the same energy and dedication as she had the rest of her studies, and graduated with honors from the Aveda Institute of Royal Oak.
Today, she straightens, extends, colors, and cuts hair of all textures. She uses products from her alma mater, Aveda, as well as industry professionals she finds inspirational, such as Paul Mitchell. More than the products or training, though, she believes her passion sets her apart, and helps her clients have a truly great experience in her chair.
The skilled beauticians at Amy’s Nails Plus help visitors maintain their digits’ dignity with relaxing nail services administered amid copper-framed mirrors, pendulant drapery, and wooden bookshelves. During the spa pedicure, beneficiaries recline in cushioned wicker chairs while yielding their feet to a soothing massage that incorporates sea salts, lotion, and serenades from onlooking clouds. After peds are properly softened up, an artist reshapes sawtooth nails and bedecks toe tips with vibrant polish. Guests can also opt for a full set of gel nails, which adds eye-catching length to fingertips so they can fill out roomy falconry gloves. An application of gel nails provides a natural-looking alternative to acrylics and results in little dehydration to the natural nail when removed.
Thanks to a partnership with Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery, Pigalle Salon & MedSpa, a Tiffany Award winner for haircare in 2009 and 2011, is able to offer a combination of traditional hair, nail, and massage services along with medical-grade facials and hair-removal treatments. The salon pampers guests with complimentary herbal tea and coffee served in a cozy lounge where clients wait patiently to enjoy body wraps, tanning sessions, or laser hair-removal treatments that get rid of unwanted hair more effectively than wishing on all the stars in the sky ever could.
In the 1980s, Preston Jackson Sr. and his wife Anna had a vision to equip women from all walks of life with the tools and skills necessary for a career in cosmetology, manicuring, and aesthetics. In the spirit of that inclusive philosophy, Preston and Anna didn't just open a beauty school here in the United States—they also opened the first ever beauty school in the West African nation of Togo. Two decades after that illustrious beginning, the institution known today as P&A Scholars is not just a certified beauty school, it's also a place where clients can get professional-level hair, nail, or skin treatments from supervised senior students before they graduate to work their magic in high-end salons or the wig rooms of the rich and famous.