Kelli Langford has always been something of an artist; she just traded in the paintbrushes and pigments of her youth for the hairbrushes and hair dyes of a stylist. Working at New Image Salon, she mows her way through as much as eight inches of hair a day, but that's not where she feels her artistry comes into play. She finds her creative peak in styling and coloring clients' hair—a talent that has resulted in vibrant red tones and trendy ombre looks. But whatever the service, some things are always a given: salon-quality products and a strict policy against using cacti for hairbrushes. "I always test my products and get familiar with them before ever using them on a client," Kelli says.
Stylists are usually known as much for their skills as they are for their personality, and Ariel Hall is no exception. With a warm demeanor, beaming grin, and relaxed energy, Ariel sets clients at ease as she spruces up coifs with cuts, color, and styling that matches a favorite celebrity’s hairdo or a treasured Troll doll. Wielding handpicked products, Ariel smoothes and fortifies strands alongside her cohorts and fellow stylists Lacy Studdard and Jessica Woerner. Elsewhere in The Bungalow's homey confines, aesthetician Leigh Moody cleanses faces with renowned skincare products by Bioelements.
Great Clips harnesses the vast resources of a national salon chain to provide personalized, professional styling services to follicle frolickers near and far. Wild wigs are brought to bear by highly trained hair tamers who also serve as style guides through the often-intimidating tonsorial jungle, answering customers' questions about hair trends and maintenance. A socially responsible company, Great Clips also hosts haircut-a-thons, bake sales, and baked haircut sale-a-thons to benefit charities, including the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Ronald McDonald House.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
The Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy by Coppola. Humidity is a huge problem in Texas and [the therapy] eliminates 95%–100% of frizz. The best time to do it is after any color service. After washing hair, it's blow dried and the product is applied to the whole head. Once it sits for a short time, your hair is once again blow dried then flat ironed. A common misconception is that you lose your volume—not true! We even offer free test strands.
Do you offer your customers any extra perks?
We offer beverages and wine, a variety of reading material, and flexible appointments. We also have a fun atmosphere with friendly and one-of-a-kind service!
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I started doing my friends' hair for homecoming and prom in high school, so I had the passion even before I became licensed. The feeling you have when you leave with a new look you love is unlike any other. The fact that I can can give women that boost of confidence every day is why I'm excited to go to work.
Anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are a full-service salon covering all areas in hair, skin, and nails. We offer what the bigger city salons offer but without the drive and increased costs!
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Keratin smoothing treatment and cut/color
Brands Used: Framesi, Redkin, Schwartzcauf, and It's a 10
Cosmetologist and licensed permanent cosmetics artist Colby Armstrong lends his talents to Legacy Salons & Day Spa, where he specializes in Redken color treatments for men and women. Colby's other skills include makeup applications, setting highlights and lowlights, and creating the perfect updo.