Blow Outs & Styling in West Raleigh

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Part art gallery, part salon, Alter Ego has two distinct faces. But like the layers of a chic haircut, the two blend together perfectly into something more creative. Canvases small, large, and gigantic surround the loft-like space, from the couch in the waiting room to the styling stations themselves. The artwork takes many forms: maybe pen and pencil creations from artist Kevin Ponce, or urban street art from the likes of Grey Griffin. On special occasions, DJs spin tunes to celebrate the opening of a new gallery exhibit.

It's the perfect setting to inspire creativity in the salon team, who cut and color hair for men and women. Those looks become even more nuanced at the Blow Dry Bar. Here, clients choose from nine base styles, such as the BE Short (short, sassy, and textured hair) or the BE Glam (a bold, retro look). From there, they can choose add-ons including the BE Healthy treatment for split ends or the BE Pampered treatment for a 10-minute scalp and neck massage.

119 E Hargett St.
Raleigh,
NC
US

Style by Lynae pampers its clients with a variety of spa and salon services performed in a two-story relaxation oasis. Downstairs in the salon area, stylists cut hair and style it using high-quality products from reputable brands, including Paul Mitchell, Wella, Joico, and all-natural product line.

Upstairs, clients take advantage of the mini spa area’s nail services, facials, massages, and body wraps. Aestheticians de-gunk pores with facials, brighten teeth with whitening treatments, and dramatize eyes with eyelash extensions. The teeth whitening system is the same used in the Trump Towers. While undergoing any of these services, clients can forget about the stress of their jobs and the looming robot uprising while they sip on complimentary coffee, tea, or wine. Style by Lynae also offers spiritual card readings.

1209 Ridge Rd
Raleigh,
NC
US

Holley Closser’s workspace is an open door to inspiration. She cuts new hairstyles on men, women, and children that range from classic pixies to modern asymmetrical layers. She can choose from an entire kaleidoscope of colors to add to hair, or create special updos fit for a wedding or baby shower. Even the salon itself pops, from zebra-print chairs to accent walls in hot pink and turquoise hues.

222 Glenwood Ave, Suite 125
Raleigh,
NC
US

Trust one of the highly trained stylists at Lather Hair Salon to cut, dye, straighten, wax, and wax poetic your hairs. The experts will consider your face shape and lifestyle to give you a chic haircut (starting at $38 for women and $22 for men) that suits your personality or a deep conditioning treatment ($15+) that'll tame and protect unruly manes. If sleeping atop a pillow made of Kool-Aid powder gives your hair a blue raspberry look, Lather's coloring specialists can give you an all-over color (starting at $65), partial highlights (starting at $55), or color retouching (starting at $55). Accentuate your best features with smooth and shapely waxed brows ($15), or de-fuzz your lip or chin ($10).

8521 Cantilever Way, Ste 109
Raleigh,
NC
US

Keratin Treatments: Microscopic Mane Maintenance

Learn more about what?s going on beneath the surface of your strands during this treatment with Groupon?s examination of keratin treatments.

Keratin is the molecular building block of human beauty?without this fibrous protein, humans wouldn?t have nails hard enough to polish, tooth enamel sturdy enough to withstand weekly brushings, or hair lush enough to style. Within each strand of hair, chains of keratin can be arranged in different molecular patterns, and this variation is what gives each head of hair its unique texture. For those who find their hair's unique texture a pain to deal with every morning, those keratin bonds can be chemically rearranged with popular salon treatments from Brazilian Blowout or Keratin Complex.

Stylists apply a keratin-rich solution that finds its way into each hair?s second layer, where it can chemically reprogram hair from an unruly, cigarette-smoking strand into a well-behaved member of the scalp?s society. The heat of a flat-iron straightens hair after the serum's application so that as the keratin molecules fuse to each strand, they?ll do so in the right position. Methylene glycol or formalin?which release formaldehyde under heat?typically function as the glue bonding the molecules during and after treatment. The result of all this chemistry is a straighter and smoother look that can last for two months or longer, and, although any heat-based treatment can be taxing on hair, its fortifying effects tend to leave hair glossier and more voluminous than other relaxers do. So although frizz disappears, waves or loose curls can continue to cascade across the shoulders.

4325 Glenwood Ave Ste 1071
Raleigh,
NC
US

It wouldn?t be misleading to use the word innovative when describing the unity of beauty and cocktails combined within the rustic environs of The Junction Salon & Bar. Indeed, the one-stop shop for looks and liquor hosts a cadre of talented stylists next to a full-service cocktail bar. Stylists flash shears and razors as they sculpt locks or treat dudely clients to barber-quality buzzes. While indulging their guests with a foot massage and shellac manicure, the staff invites clients to recline in pedi chairs and sip a mixed drink under the cozy glare of the exposed wooden ceiling beams that dominate the salon?s decor. Exposed-brick walls run throughout the warehouse-style space, working with the bar and the staff?s wry attitudes to create a casual, hip atmosphere from salon chair to bar stool. Beyond pouring out libations and OPI gel, The Junction?s team fills its truly innovative space with live music on occasion, meaning Diana Ross could get primped for her show, perform it, and celebrate it with drinks all in the same place, if she felt so inclined.

327 West Davie Street Suite 114
Raleigh,
North Carolina
US