Follow Lindsi Carpenter’s lineage back to its roots and you’ll find generations of passionate hair designers and talented nail artists. Fast forward to present day and you’ll find Lindsi carrying the torch of her family’s legacy inside Mane Event Hair Design, where she takes nails from gnarly to glamorous using a glowing palette of CND, Gelish, and OPI nail polishes. Blending technical savvy and creative vision, she meticulously grooms each finger and toe to leave them healthy and strong, and ensure no one ever mistakes them for little piggies again.
Michael Baker, owner of Michael Warren's Studio, likes to stay on top of salon trends so he can offer his clients the most current services in the biz. What started as a small three-person shop more than 30 years ago has now grown into a full-service salon. Michael recently became the director of education for the USA team at Di Biase Hair, an Italian company that produces professional hair extensions. Along with the keratin-bonded extensions, his salon also provides laser hair-nurturing therapy and free spins in the stylist chairs.
Signature Service: The classic straight razor shave
Brands Used: Proraso, American crew, Redken
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: Call in ahead of time to see how busy we are, it might be best to make an appointment
At Finesse Hair Salon, hairstylists strive to make a connection with their customers—involving them in a conversation about their taste and daily routine rather than dictating the course of the appointment. This emphasis on client input helps ensure haircare decisions are well considered by both customers and stylists, who then know they are matching the expectations of the person in the chair as they cut, color, or perm hair.
As an Aveda Concept Salon, Salon 301 equips its stylists with a range of professional products from Aveda and Rusk. The stylists put these products to good use, cutting hair and charming clusters of snakes as the sounds of lively chatter fill the salon’s open floor. Their services don’t stop at the scalp, though. The salon also houses a day spa in which clients can relax with a massage, facial, or mani-pedi.
Teased Salon owner Brooke Hammer has saved people from what she refers to as "hair hell." She and her staff of stylists have witnessed sea-green color catastrophes; they've consoled mothers whose manes look butchered by their children; and they've rescued cuts after patrons visited a "chophouse with a new girl," says Brooke. For such cases, and for all her clients, Brooke employs the tips and techniques she learned during 11 years and through training with Aveda and Paul Mitchell. Each haircut or style—for men, women, kids, and brides—centers on communication; she consults with clients before snipping a single strand. And she gauges not just physical attributes such as face shape and hair texture, but also personality traits, such as edgy, conservative, or Aniston.
Brooke's path to a career in hairstyling wasn't always laid out before her, even though as a child––to her parents' dismay––she altered the hairstyles of several dolls and a few cousins. Yet she always had a creative streak, which a master stylist and instructor nourished in a protégé program. After nearly a decade in the business, she struck out on her own with Teased Salon, in the company of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and other Hollywood icons who now star in the salon's chic, vintage decor.