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.
Salon Luxe is a fashion-forward hair salon staffed by a team of hair whisperers who are committed to leaving clients happier than the day they were hatched. Each haircut (a $40+ value) begins with a thorough consultation where hair owner and hair cutter can braid their respective visions into a sleek, intertwined concept. The collaboration results in a pleasing new 'do that is further enhanced with a partial highlight (a $75+ value) or full color (a $55+ value) using natural, 99% plant-derived Aveda products. To complete the look, a deep-conditioning treatment (a $25 value) is richly applied to nourish and moisturize stiff head bristles, leaving them as peppy and bouncy as a cheerleader wearing flubber shoes. The trio of services is performed in the salon's aesthetically pleasing, turquoise-tinted interior that features comfy chairs sprouting from clean wood floors.
Imagine Hair Studio owner Tamara possesses not one, but four certifications in salon services. The one from Great Lengths speaks to her ability as a hair-extension specialist, which explains why the studio can provide extensions of so many different kinds, from 100% human hair to flashy jewel colors to Swarovski-crystal strands. As a certified 3D Lashes eyelash-extension technician, Tamara also fortifies clients’ existing lashes with thick sets of faux strands. Like a moving script about a wisecracking meatball sub, her expertise attracts the attention of performers and models; Ke$ha, Felicia King, and Alexandria Dycus have entrusted their looks to Tamara.
The highly trained stylists at Gloss look to the past for inspiration and reinvention. Aided by Davines products, they delight in experimenting with classic 'dos such as pompadours, bobs, and buzzcuts from steam-powered razors. They hardly shy from modern aesthetics, however—their cut and color menu bends to suit each client, and they keep well abreast of fashion's pulse, maintaining that style education is an evolving process. With stylists who have trained with Davines in Italy, Bumble and bumble in New York, and Goldwell in Los Angeles, Gloss's team represents a convergence of worldly expertise. Two of its members have toured with haircare brands as trend role models, imparting trimming tips to fellow stylists.
When it came time for Leticia Smith to pick a career, she decided to follow in her parents' footsteps and started Universal Hair Studio. She excels at a wide range of services, from basic cuts to more intensive treatments—striving at all times to highlight the client's best attributes. In addition to trimming and styling hair, she layers in highlights and massages in relaxers to release and straighten curls.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Shampoo, blow-dry, Titanium press-out
Brands Used: Design, Chi, Straight Request
Throughout the past decade, Annie Trexler has trained with auspicious brands including Pureology, Kenra, Redken, Schwarzkopf, and Pravana. She reshapes hairdos into classic or trendy forms, tints locks with vibrant color, and beautifies brides with updos and makeup. Annie's experience with So.Cap Hair Extensions helps her skillfully lengthen manes, and her keratin and chemical straightening treatments tame unwieldy tendrils that keep creeping inside other people's coffee mugs.
Annie works inside The Loft, a three-story salon founded by Renee Smith in 2007. Its luxurious rooms showcase exposed-brick walls, plush velvet-upholstered chairs, and ornately framed mirrors.