At a young age, budding hairstylist Sylvain Melloul joined the L’Oréal Professionnel artistic team—which took him from the salons of Paris to those of Washington D.C. As his English vocabulary grew, so did his fan base, which led him to open his own salon in 1974. But things didn’t run as smoothly as expected. Sylvain’s staff lacked the background knowledge to perform up to his standards, a lapse he felt compelled to fix. He did so by opening a school where scores of stylists could learn the fundamentals of a professional cut. The school remains in session today, with students wielding L’Oréal products as they learn to snip, color, and highlight tresses.
Artistic Fusion Hair Company’s creative stylists trim locks and revivify manes using high-quality, nourishing Goldwell salon products. With one hand grasping shears and the other flipping through a book of hedge sculptures for inspiration, stylists enliven strands and sculpt stunningly geometric hairdos that defy gravity and dull conventions. When they're not administering precision haircuts to both men and women, these skilled staffers imbue hair with rich, deep tones in a variety of vibrant Goldwell colors with their hair-coloring and highlighting services.
At Petite Retreat, seasoned stylists hone hair into chic shape. Under track lighting, Petite Retreat's floors tick with the snip of scissors as stylists chisel the stagnant ?dos of men, women, and children into finished masterpieces.
The nail artisans at Southern Style Salon treat fingers and toes to a mani-pedi that both relaxes and beautifies. During the one-hour treatment, caretakers soak and soften all 20 nails and cuticles before trimming and tidying them. As they buff away calluses from soles, nail nurses massage thumbs left tense from hitchhiking to the Arctic Circle and ankles sore from playing footsie with a peg-legged pirate. A fresh coat of lacquer colors nails with a new shade, signifying the arrival of fall or the election of a new county controller.
Like a cottage out of a fairy tale, A Petite Retreat is framed by lush greenery and cobblestone pathways. Thankfully, there are no wolves in disguise roaming the halls of this charming spa?only the faint aroma of lavender and a friendly staff that will lead you to a private treatment room.
That?s not to say an experience at A Petite Retreat is anything less than enchanting. The spa?s two licensed massage therapists come equipped with organic healing ointments and warm heating pads that prepare muscles for custom Swedish and deep-tissue massages. The duo?s facials brighten complexions with vitamin-C and grape-vine extracts, and their body scrubs soften skin with an aquatic blend of mud and sea salt as they croon relaxing whale songs.
With more than two decades of experience in the hair industry, master stylist Delia Fulcher transforms head-top mops into works of art. Besides her prowess with basic, 'do-crafting cuts, Fulcher also holds certifications in non-surgical hair replacement, micro links, and netting, each of which fill out locks to inspire more voluminous coiffures. She also specializes in scalp care, promoting the growth of healthy, lustrous strands and discouraging the growth of rat tails.