When Sam Gould opened his beauty salon in 1932, offering "distinctive coiffures," he never could have guessed that his progeny would continue and expand his business into a chain of full-service salons and spas. Touting good old-fashioned haircuts and manicures along with medical cosmetic treatments that would amaze and confound a patron from the ’30s, the team at Gould's Academy pampers and rejuvenates clients from head to toe. Continual study keeps technicians abreast of the latest styles and techniques, which they transfer to clients in the form of everything from coconut-scented body wraps and keratin straightening treatments to cybernetic ponytail implants.
Inside Epiphany Salon and Gallery, natural light cascades from a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, illuminating styling chairs, paintings, and paintings of styling chairs. While stylists create artful hairstyles with products by Farouk and Biolage, clients can browse a collection of jewelry, paintings, and sculptures in the attached gallery, which raises funds for nonprofit organizations and features the artwork of local artists. Free parking is available for customers.
Manicures are the most effective method of returning hands and nails to a pristine, soft-skinned state, given that hand cloning has been outlawed in all 50 states. Should your digits be dried out, your nails be jagged, and cuticles be absolutely filthy, Salon de Sol can soothe your fist phalanges back into person-colored stone sculptures with ease. A basic manicurist basically clips, trims, and buffs clients' finger-shingles to a polished sheen, trims and clips the cuticles to ensure smooth, even growth, and softens up rough places to make hands the most presentable of human body parts, to the eternal consternation of the face.
Over the past decade, Hi Gorgeous, Inc. has expanded from a hair salon into a hair and skincare spa, named one of the best hair salons and best places to get waxed according to the Memphis Flyer’s Best of Memphis list in 2012. Its 8 styling stations set the stage for haircuts, color treatments, perms, and weaves that use Delancy, the spa's product line formulated by Larry Delancy. These products also fill the facial room, where aestheticians cleanse and exfoliate pores before treating skin to glycolic and lactic peels designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scars caused by acne or falling asleep with a meat tenderizer in your pillow. Beyond cleansing skin, the team uses warm wax to smooth every inch of the body, from eyebrows to bikini lines.
A subtly appointed salon, Cloud 9 hums with natural light and potted Memphis plant life. Walls of celadon green and earthy-hued floors lend the interior a relaxing charm, ideal for drifting away as your hair is shaped and molded. Mix and match any of the fabulosity emporium's services to spend today's Groupon. The expert stylists at Cloud 9 can read your brain chemistry and wistful gaze to give you the haircut ($25+ for men, $35+ for women) that will flatter your face shape and fit effortlessly into your everyday life of horseback rides and cubicle combat. Give intellectually deprived hair follicles a deep conditioning ($10–$35), or liven up the head-scape with partial highlights ($75+). Cloud 9 also offers a variety of waxing services. Standing alone, eyebrow and lip waxes cost $15, while buying them wholesale comes to $28. Clear the bikini zone for bloomers season ($55+), or get your back as slippery and smooth as a dolphin fin ($40+).