Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salon’s network of stores keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Within this caravan of hair bazaars, customers’ wild manes are tamed by skillful stylists. Use your Groupon toward a shampoo, cut, and style ($31–$38) and lean back and dream of break-dancing Stay Puft Marshmallow Men as a stylist carefully cleanses hair with shampoo and conditioner and then clips it into stylish head-hedges that beautifully complement scalp-garden pathways. Afterward, the hair that’s left behind will receive a loving condition for a style that gleams and glitters like a ruby-encrusted bowling ball. During the treatment, stylists offer helpful tips and tricks to help clients care for hair at home. If a shampoo and cut isn't your cup of sports drink, put your Groupon toward the cost of another service, such as hair coloring ($60–$70), highlights ($80–$90), or a perm ($75–$85). Prices vary by location.
Rock music and pizza. It’s an unlikely pairing as the inspiration for an Aveda salon, but in the hands of friends Jentry and Katy, it grew beyond that as the foundation of their local hair and makeup hub.
An Austin native, co-owner, and stylist, Jentry would sneak into his hometown’s Black Cat music venue while still underage to catch sight of acts such as Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Over the years, the hall came to represent Austin’s unique charm and live-music foundation, never succumbing to gimmickry or the status-quo throughout its lifespan. The venue’s ability to stick to its roots stayed with Jentry, remaining an inspiration when years later, he and a client, marketing whiz Katy, dreamed of opening their own salon. After months of late-night pizza-and-brainstorming sessions, the concept for their salon came full circle when a black kitten curled up on Jentry’s porch. In a unique move toward remembering a tenacious rock bar and what it stood for, the twosome founded their salon: The Black Cat.
Today, a fleet of stylists brandish their shears, color, and powder puffs amid decor that reflects The Black Cat’s grittier roots. Clients see the vintage script of the “Sorry, We’re Open” front sign before encountering the salon’s gray and blue walls accented with rustic wood furniture and panels. The result is a carefully curated contrast of sleek and scuffed, much like a hitchhiker’s diamond cufflinks.
Twelve years ago, husband-and-wife team Chris and Shirley Yawata envisioned a community-oriented salon specializing in island-inspired looks. Drawing on a combined 18 years of experience in the hair industry, the couple made their vision a reality when they opened Island Style Cuts.
Thousands of cropped tresses later, the salon’s stylists continue to craft hairdos for customers of all ages and preferences—from timeless to funky and many styles in between. Feather and vivid extensions make loud fashion statements without damaging hair, and highlights find inspiration in the local islands with accents available in volcanic red, deep-ocean blue, and sunburned-tourist pink. Committed to supporting their community, the Yawatas can often be found doling out free haircuts to children’s soccer teams and supporting the local Citizen’s Patrol.
ViVi Salon & Spa aims for luxury. Whether snipping strands, waxing stubble, or gussying up nails, the techs and stylists reach straight past the bottom- and middle-of-the-line products for their topside superiors. Nail techs?all with at least five years of experience?apply eye-catching shades of OPI and China Glaze polish to nails, or massage feet as clients relax atop plush pedicure chairs and their accompanying whirling footbaths. During pedicures, they lavish feet with products such as La Palm, Gabel's Cosmetics, and Gena, exfoliating along the way with an organic pomegranate sugar scrub. Patrons while away the hours as hot-stone massages and facials dissolve tension more effectively than a clown parachuting into the middle of a duel.
An integral cog of the beauty industry for more than 25 years, Salon AVA's owner, head stylist, and namesake trims and tints, tresses alongside a team of stylists, each of which counts at least 15 years of experience. They flesh out a menu of traditional salon services with contemporary methods for pampering manes, such as the Japanese Mucota treatment. This replenishing serum infuses damaged, tightly coiled, or scurvy-stricken tresses with a natural enzyme that straightens hair to a natural, healthy shine. As stylists dream up new designs, pillars of light illuminate clients' glossy tendrils and bounce off the parquet floors, which sport modish, bright-orange chairs.