Brazilian Wax Spa by Marci is named with precision. Marci hails from Brazil herself, and she uses the country's famous waxing techniques to prepare both male and female clients for outdoor season. The licensed aesthetician only uses disposable waxing supplies, favoring new, hygienic, and natural materials. Marci can tackle a variety of areas for both women and men, including the back, arms, and arms growing from the back.
Jim Ostrosky, erstwhile fashion consultant for the local Fox affiliate and fashion writer for the Birmingham News, now brings his eye for texture and color to bear on the manes of clients at his intimate home salon. More than three decades in the industry inform his oversight of a team of stylists who wield organic products from Aveda instead of threatening hair into obedience with vats of liquid nitrogen. As they craft new 'dos, the stylists employ advanced techniques such as halo brick and paneling to create highlights or keratin smoothing treatments to banish frizz. In addition to snipping locks into classic coiffures, the professionals delve into new styles and trends, such as fusion and micro link hair extensions.
Blonde Salon & Spa hardly limits its clients to those with flaxen hair. In fact, owner Desiree Maples is a color specialist—she treats tresses to all-over color, foil highlights, and the hand-painted balayage technique. Her other hair services range from simple trims to keratin smoothing treatments, as well as wedding-ready updos. And she sports a second title: makeup artist.
The salon's menu continues on to cover spray tans, mani-pedis, and waxing. Once it gets to the spa side, relaxation joins forces with cosmetics during anti-wrinkle facials and glycolic-acid peels. To top off a skincare appointment, clients can sink deeper into tranquility with a massage. Resident massage therapist Gudrun Jacobsen targets tense muscles with modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and shiatsu.
The stylists and aestheticians at Hopson James Salon combine their specialized skills to meet any pampering needs with salon services ranging from hairstyling and mani-pedis to facials and airbrush tanning. The salon's brick walls and gentle, neutral colors invoke a calm environment, where salon professionals can perform makeup applications and waxing services and hair dryers can float unassisted. Throughout appointments, the staff nurtures clients with high-quality salon products such as Aveda, Redken, SkinCeuticals, and Moroccan Oil.
Deftly wielding their clippers and Kenra products above a checkerboard floor, the professional stylists at Cut N Corners Salon snip and revamp tresses to craft flattering new coiffures. Shampoo purges manes of grime before scissors crop unwanted ends, and a toasty blow-dry or miniature volcano lifts strands into a fresh style. Alternately, shorten unruly lengths and shift them to a different shade with an all-over color treatment, which gives hair a complete chromatic overhaul without having to snare a wish-granting chameleon. Full highlights dress multiple layers of locks in attractive streaks, while partial highlights daub contrasting tones on a smaller surface area. A blow-dry caps off either service by adding volume to re-hued head-toppings.