In business for more than 50 years, England's Hair Salon & Spa has amassed an impressive staff of stylists, colorists, and aestheticians. Whether restyling or recoloring tresses or refreshing looks via facials, waxing, and pedicures, the staff ensures women and men turn heads during special events or strolls through Easter Island. Clients can also watch pent-up stress and tension swirl into the ether during relaxing massages performed by a licensed massage therapist.
For stylist PJ Kpabar, hair is an art form. As such, she’s an expert in color, shape, and texture, all of which she offers at Hair Akoom Studios. Akoom, which the proprietors describe as meaning “life,” is a full-service salon specializing in ethnic hair, but all hair types are welcome. Clients may solicit PJ for face-flattering layers and highlights, or request a personal makeup consultation to revamp the complexion.
Clients lounge in comfy leather chairs as she attends to digits, precisely painting on bold colors and multihued designs in the form of flowers or portraits of Lyndon B. Johnson. With a concentration on comfort, Starr has decked out her homey space with plants and a TV.
Over the course of Dana McDowell's prolific styling career, she's handled the heads of brides, models, and Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers. Now at Bonnie's Hair Studio, she doles out razor cuts, color, and straightening treatments, as well as helpful at-home haircare advice on her Facebook page.
Owner and stylist Beckie Martin greets guests at Gold Star Salon and Spa with a simple message—a rhinestone decal's glittering curves that spell out, "You look gorgeous." Inside, large photographs of Marilyn Monroe gaze out between silver mirrors and cherry-red dressers at each hairstyling station, occasionally winking at clients when Martin has her back turned. Her capable hands mix complex corrective color treatments and fashion updos for special events and weddings, ushering those anticipating their big day to the glōminerals station for a makeover. A dedicated team lends its expertise to her effort, treating locks to Biolage haircare products and polishing finger and toe tips in OPI lacquer. A massage therapist employs eight types of bodywork to ease injuries and calm minds into a meditative state, and reaches for smooth stones, aromatic oils, and salt scrubs to augment her healing touch.
At Blades, precise haircuts, eyelash extensions, and full body waxing all have one important quality in common: they help amp up clients’ personal style. This goal underpins the motivations of head esthetician Charlene Berry, who employs her six years of experience to offer clients a variety of services, including semi-permanent eyelash extensions, full-body waxing, lash and brow tinting, and a selection of advanced facials. To protect the more sensitive areas, Charlene uses hard wax during a full-body wax, and her facials use products from Circadia and include a recommended home care regimen. Inside the 18-year-old salon, regal columns edge up the walls and frame shampoo basins that soak strands as clients drift off into suds-induced reveries.