Kelli Langford has always been something of an artist; she just traded in the paintbrushes and pigments of her youth for the hairbrushes and hair dyes of a stylist. Working at New Image Salon, she mows her way through as much as eight inches of hair a day, but that's not where she feels her artistry comes into play. She finds her creative peak in styling and coloring clients' hair—a talent that has resulted in vibrant red tones and trendy ombre looks. But whatever the service, some things are always a given: salon-quality products and a strict policy against using cacti for hairbrushes. "I always test my products and get familiar with them before ever using them on a client," Kelli says.
Style is everywhere inside Salon Purple. It's here that Salon Purple's staff creates their own works of art, cutting and coloring hairstyles that would make Mr. Clean shed a bleach-scented tear. Their hands and scissors are guided by ongoing education classes and an advanced color-training program, which all stylists complete. The experts consult closely with clients to design the perfect look, and they do whatever they can to make visits enjoyable. That might mean pouring a cup of Starbucks Coffee or putting on some music.
The sum of all these parts makes Salon Purple a premier destination for stylish haircuts, colors, and nail services. At salon chairs, stylists run through the complete lineup of Pravana Professional Services, including Keratin Fusion Texture Control Treatments and ChromaSilk Hair Color. As a Pravana Elite Salon, Salon Purple relies on professional products straight from Pravana's signature line, including sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners made with natural botanicals.
It's not easy to become a stylist at Esoterica Studios: all hairdressers have to go through the salon's boot camp before they can stand behind the shears. This lengthy training includes basic cuts, colors, marketing, and editorial styling for magazines that want to revamp their crumpled pages. Esoterica Studios partners all of its services with Sebastian and Wella professional products, as well as with Nioxin serums designed to thicken locks.
Fantastic Sams is a full-service salon for the whole family that will sculpt wilted hair into a look-twice hot commodity. Begin by receiving a complimentary shampoo with Fantastic Sam's signature line of products, followed by a three-minute scalp massage to blast away the dead-skin-cell-loving turtles. Whether you've got a secret style you've been saving in your panache pocket or trust the expert stylists at Fantastic Sams to get creatively awesome with your hair, your haircut and style (a $25–$30 value) will be snipped and primped to fit your desired identity. Next, you'll hit a fork in the road during your main mane journey, where you must choose between highlights or lowlights (a $65–$100 value). All hair curators are custom-trained TIGI colorists, ensuring the richest hue for your tried-and-true tresses. For a final hairtain call, a deep-conditioning treatment (a $15–$16 value) will strengthen, smooth, and add shine to your newly fashioned focal point. These beauty-renewal centers are staffed with follicle fanatics who will listen to your needs and pamper your worries away with precision and kindness. A stylish 'do will make enemies hate to love you and friends love to love you, making this your official summer of locks and love.
Katie Auth can give a classic or a cutting edge haircut. After years in the industry, she’s become a versatile stylist with the technique and vision to tailor each haircut to the client and their features. At Hair by Katie Auth, she offers haircuts as well as coloring for women and men, facial waxing, and keratin treatments. She even offers up tip and tricks of the trade for her clients, such as what makes a great dry-shampoo substitute and how to care for split ends without individually super-gluing all of them together again.
Professional hairstylist and makeup artist Ashley Rihel learned her trade from renowned makeup artists and professional photographers and practiced her craft on the set of feature films and magazine editorials. Today, she glamorizes her clients with styling and beauty treatments, from expert waxing, precision airbrush-makeup applications, and hair coloring to bridal updos and custom formal hairstyles.