Warm yellow lights linger over the salon floor like pads of butter, casting their glow on mint-green and dark-red walls. Amid these snazzy accents, skilled stylists craft equally snazzy styles and bold highlights with Raw Hair by LG. Thirteen-year veteran Lakeisha Gibson leads the team, which includes stylists as well as a cosmetologist and a master nail technician. They can render all-over color applications or refresh tresses via the soothing hydration of a deep-conditioning treatment. They also perform salon relaxers and massage therapy.
The salon floor itself is a sandy marble pattern, and elegant green plants pop against the earth tones of the rest of the salon. There are even homey flourishes such as a rustic trunk, which is either a treasure chest or brimming with pairs of scissors.
The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.
Salon Ventures lacks one component found at nearly every other company in the world: employees. The salon’s stylists and aestheticians all work as their own bosses, deciding for themselves which services to offer and which times to book appointments. This freedom can lead to some colorful results, as the staff can decorate their private rooms in whichever way they see fit. However these rooms end up looking, they all function as sanctuaries where clients can communicate their wishes during haircuts, highlighting treatments, and manicures. The salon houses more than 20 professionals— including a stylist that trained and worked in London at the Toni & Guy Institute—, and there’s enough space inside to host large bridal parties or slip ‘n’ slide contests with shaving cream.
Karen Hawkins, a certified PCA skin representative, incorporates the product line into her facials to gently combat skin problems such as excessive oil or stubborn acne. Working from inside Salon Ventures, she also slathers warm wax over unwanted fuzz on arms, legs, backs, and chests for a smooth finish.