Faye Bailey was beginning an uphill battle when she told her mother she wanted to open her own salon. Faye had been braiding and pressing hair since she was 14, but her mother worked as a teacher––and all 11 of her other children attended traditional colleges. After a brief stint at the university, though, Faye could no longer ignore the pull of hairstyling.
Thus, Faye moved from Macon, Georgia to Florida and started studying at a beauty school. Before long, her dream became a reality: she opened All Dolled Up Salons and Stores. Now a chain of five salons, including a braidery house, her stylists specialize in natural hairdos such as loc styling, cutting, and short hair wraps. But they also color, perform smoothing treatments, and affix weaves to natural hair.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Classic manicure and deluxe pedicure
Brands Used: Essie, OPI, CND-Shellac, Vintlux, Morgan Tayloe, Revlon, Cuccio Natural, Satin Smooth, Gena, Gigi
Pro Tip: Please communicate with your beauty professional as this will lead to your desired result.
All salon service providers are not created equal. That's why Drew James Aveda Salon Spa enlists only Aveda Institute graduates, putting them through an advanced training program before making them work their way up a three-tier ranking system. This emphasis on high-quality staff—coupled with an exclusive selection of plant-based Aveda products—lures clients in for services ranging from basic haircuts to thermal straightening to rosemary-mint body wraps. The salon and spa also adds special touches to many of its treatments, including a complimentary stress-relieving scalp treatment and makeup touchup with each hair service. Both locations feature a wall of mirrors and trendy styling chairs, as well as Aveda tea for clients to sip on while thumbing through style portfolios or folding magazines into swans somehow.
Lured in by her love of fashion, Hair Studio and Spa's cofounder, Zobeida Parra, left her job managing educational services for the more fulfilling call of salon life. She surrounds herself with experienced hairstylists and aestheticians who beautify visitors during salon and spa services, including hair coloring, keratin treatments, facials, waxing, and nailcare. Salon transformations unfold under the track lighting of Parra’s studio, where stylists work at stations outfitted with tall mirrors enclosed by the dark wood frames of Paul Bunyan's old eyeglasses.
The professional beauty muses at Lemack’s Hair Salon pamper clients with an array of salon and spa services, employing products from Paul Mitchell, Aquage, and other top brands. Skilled stylists cut and style lackluster locks into fashionable ‘dos for women ($45+), men ($20), or children ($20) and illuminate dull tresses with half ($65) or full ($85+) highlights. A hair-and-scalp treatment ($25) eases vexed scalps and may help relieve dandruff, dryness, and rampant sibling rivalries among feuding follicles. Guests can prepare nails for glamorous duels of guitar picking with a manicure ($10) or pedicure ($20) or employ a skilled aesthetician to remove unwanted facial and body fuzz, artfully arching eyebrows ($10) and taming bikini lines ($25+) with waxing services. An invigorating facial ($40), customized with a choice of products to exfoliate and cleanse peeved pores, makes skin shimmer like the surface of a lake at twilight, but without skinny-dipping lovebirds constantly frolicking in it.
The qualified staff at Heaven & Earth revitalize smile mantels with a slew of all-natural facials performed with Repechage Beauty From the Sea products. Patrons can take a skin-smoothing sabbatical with the European rehydrating facial, which removes dull skin cells and unnaturally bright milk mustaches to reveal younger-looking skin. During the 60-minute façade-coddling session, an affable aesthetician also infuses neck toppers with a hydrating splash of antioxidant-rich botanicals that protect and rehydrate faces.