The recipe for the runway-ready styles that emerge within Eleven 11 Salon begins with its location: a 3,000-square-foot studio designed by architect Eddie Maestri and interior designer Jamie Carroll, situated in Dallas's luxurious Uptown neighborhood in front of Hotel Zaza, and across the street from Hotel Crescent and the Ritz Carlton. In this spa-like setting, stylists?many of whom also serve as educators for leading beauty companies?call on both time-honored and cutting-edge techniques to create stylish, flattering looks for men and women.
The service menu goes far beyond haircuts and styles to include hair extensions and bold color treatments ranging from classic highlights to balayage, a freehand technique that creates a gradient ombre effect to suggest time spent lying on the beach or coloring your hair in a sunset. The staff can transform hair's texture, too: Japanese straightening treatments leave hair smooth and straight until it grows out, and Brazilian Blowouts control curl and boost shine for up to three months. Aesthetic experts also perform makeup applications and bridal services. The salon extends its regular Tuesday through Saturday business hours to include services by appointment on Sundays and Mondays, so clients with strapped schedules can always find a time that works for them, seven days a week.
Blond-hued brick walls serve as a minimalist backdrop inside Tomoko Shima’s eponymous hair salon and reverberate with the owner and stylist’s cutting-edge styling techniques. After studying cosmetology and makeup in Tokyo and Osaka for five years, Tomoko crossed the globe to establish salons in New York City. Each hair service harnesses products including Unite Eurotherapy, which eschews such hair-damaging ingredients as sulfates, parabens, and casting calls for bubblegum. The brimming shelves also parade hair color from Davines, and lemongrass shampoo unleashes the herb's complex citric bouquet. Along with traditional haircuts and coloring, Tomoko also calls upon the increasingly popular japanese straightening technique.
Sol has restless feet. For the past 20 years, Sol has culled the latest trends from around to world—from Tel-Aviv to Italy to London—keeping active Dallas urbanites at the forefront of incessantly rotating hair fashions. His team of deft stylists undergoes rigorous and ongoing training to ensure that not only their scissors but their savvy stays ultra-sharp. In addition to slathering strands with INOA hair color by L'Oreal, Sol's team sculpts manes with products by Kérastase. They can also lengthen coiffures with durable human-hair extensions or smooth out tendrils with Brazilian and Japanese straightening treatments.
Whether their clients seek relaxation or beautification, the staff at Images Salon delivers with a wide range of salon and spa services. Manicurists pamper hands and feet with hydrating manicures and pedicures, prettifying nails with long-lasting Shellac polish. Massage therapists perform treatments aimed purely at relaxation, augmented with aromatherapy or scalp massages, which use warm oil to soothe skin and prevent brain freeze. In the salon, stylists create new looks with everything from cuts and conditioning to keratin straightening treatments, extensions, and wig customization. Here, the stylists specialize in services for hair of all ethnicities, including natural styles.
True to its name, Nail Sweet strives to make the typical mani-pedi process just a tiny bit sweeter. Complimentary wine and other beverages help clients relax as their digits are beautified, and eco-conscious minds and trees in disguise can rest easy knowing the technicians use natural and renewable products whenever possible. A candy-coated collection of polishes by Deborah Lippmann awaits to cap each finger or toe tip at the end of the service, while shellac formulas by OPI and CND help seal in shine by resisting chips and scratches for a longer block of time.