Artistic prowess doesn't just appear overnight. It takes years of practice. That's why each of Dino Palmieri's salons, including the Dino Palmieri Salon & Spa, employs stylists dedicated to staying at the top of their games. The skilled stylists give each client one-on-one attention to ensure every hair service comes as close to the client's vision as possible, which is why it was named by readers of Cleveland Scene as the best hair salon in the city. The stylists add depth to hair with highlights, smooth rebellious strands with GKhair treatments, and apply expert perms to reshape hair's texture until each strand would turn Louis XIV green with baroque envy. That same level of personalized attention carries over into the salon's meticulous nail services, which clients can upgrade with moisturizing white-tea masks or herbal foot peels. Waxing sessions use body-safe Nufree botanical wax to keep skin calm and collected while hair says its goodbyes. Deep-cleansing Darphin facials can be infused with essential oils and plant ingredients such as orange blossom and licorice to relax clients and bring them closer to nature than sharing a hibernation den with their favorite grizzly family.
For the past two decades, hairstylist Pat Blake has worked at a variety of salons across Colorado and Ohio. Though working at those beauty havens sharpened her cutting and styling skills, the master colorist wasn’t yet fully content with her work’s potential. To that end, she now caters to clients' needs from her own business - Fringes - tucked within Sola Salon Studios. There, she gives each client her full attention while helping each one decide on a style. To create her classic and trendy coifs, Pat reaches for Aquage, Kenra, and Goldwell products and blends in face-framing highlights as well as perms. When not focused on hair treatments, she also refreshes faces with makeup applications and performs waxing services to help clean up bushy brows or gently remove cat whiskers that grew in overnight.
Danielle Goulis wears many hats. As the owner of Dani Leigh Hair Boutique, she invests in her clients' experiences from the moment they call to make an appointment until the second they walk out her door. As a stylist, she focuses on modern cuts and wields a host of skills that go beyond her shears to dyeing, highlighting, and up-dos worthy of wedding days. Her salon also gives full attention to skin with waxing services and airbrush tanning that looks so natural, the sun may clam it for its own handiwork.
Sandi Donafee is not only the owner of Capelli Davanti Salon, but she is also an expert in hair extensions that add length and volume to tresses. She leads a team of stylists who offer cuts and color treatments for men, women, and kids, in addition to facial waxing and artful brow shaping. Makeup lessons teach students how to properly apply blush, eye shadow, and eyeliner, and professional makeup applications ready faces for weddings, proms, and coronations.
When clients walk out of Bella Luce Hair Design, they look different enough to need new drivers licenses. Some have a head of flowing locks where they once had tangled curls; others have newly blonde manes or hair-free upper lips. Beverly Briane, a seasoned cosmetologist, takes pains to give her clients new styles that reflect their personality, giving an elegant updo to an anxious bride or a corkscrew perm to a fun-loving sommelier.
Two large paintings of peacock feathers hang on Kallure Salon's orange accent wall. The wall's vibrant nature echoes the work of the stylists, who create stunning looks for multicultural hair types. They use relaxers to smooth locks, and dye to paint on highlights, and shears to interrogate uncooperative paper dolls.