Partial owner and third-generation hairstylist David Stewart brings more than 25 years of experience and dozens of awards and accolades––including a silver medal for men's haircutting at the World Cup in Holland––to the upscale salon that bears his name. Along with co-owner and fellow artistic stylist Leslie, Stewart leads a team of talented individuals that works tirelessly to update coifs with the latest cuts and marbleizing color treatments or to recondition tresses with partial perms or hydrating masks by Lisap. Steps away, private suites await those treating themselves to a relaxing massage or pedicure, and a selection of more than 1,000 different retail products are available for purchase for those treating strands to a between-meal snack.
Virtually no aesthetic concerns go unaddressed at Essentials Spa and Salon, which employs a diverse team of stylists and aestheticians as well as med-spa technicians armed with contemporary cosmetic technology. The salon staff keeps its clients looking sharp by pampering tresses with haircare products by Moroccanoil, KMS, and L'Oréal Professional, and the nail technicians augment their mani-pedis with everything from paraffin dips to agave-nectar rubs.
The massage therapists treat concerns beneath the surface by kneading overstressed muscles with a variety of soothing modalities, but the med-spa team also strives to effect deeper changes. Overseen by Dr. Michael Lesser, the technicians can employ cutting-edge equipment and products, including microdermabrasion wands, a cosmetic laser system, and clinical-strength skincare balms. These treatments collectively rejuvenate the skin while minimizing the appearance of blemishes that typically accompany aging, sun exposure, or frequent naps in a bathtub full of wet newspapers.
Since the early 1900s, the folks of Flat Rock have made their way into Strands of Hair for an expert haircut or beard trim. Over the years, a change of hands brought new services to the menu, which now boasts six coloring treatments that range from partial highlights to a custom-dyed bald cap. Stylists also wax off unwanted hair on upper lips, chins, and outer ears.
GP Cole Salon is exclusive in only one sense. The full-service salon stocks only professional products from Redken and Pureology, which ensures that every treatment turns out exactly as the stylist or aesthetician envisioned it. In every other sense, however, GP Cole is as inviting as a salon can be. Multiple styling chairs and nail stations cut down on wait times, though the warm atmosphere and lively chatter may make you want to linger after a haircut, manicure, or waxing treatment. Thankfully, the staff never rushes clients out the door. They'll invite you to sink into a leather chair for a pedicure, or get comfy in a private room before a bikini wax.