Today, she's a master stylist, but before beauty school, Hali Owens focused on psychology while immersed in a criminal justice curriculum. Since shifting to her true passion, however, she's cultivated a service menu that ranges from bang trims to elaborate wedding updos topped with three-tier cakes. Despite all these choices, Owens advises guests not to get too overwhelmed: "Don’t worry about knowing exactly what you want," she says. "I am glad to help you decide and make the process as easy and stress-free as possible." Customers are able to relax in Owens's chair, knowing they can depend on her 15 years' experience and expert eye to shape and color the perfect hairdo. Her specialties help clients feel their best, and to Owens, that's the best part of the job: "My favorite moment," she says, "is when my client looks in the mirror at the finished look and I can see their confidence rise!"
To combat dull hair, Heather Hamilton recommends lime juice. Dousing hair with a couple teaspoons can help fight off dandruff and enhance shine. Inside The Grapevine Salon, Heather dispenses hair care recommendations like this one, chatting openly with clients as she performs trims, blowouts, and Pravana color treatments. In fact, she's a certified Pravana hair-color specialist, and regularly attends continuing-education events through the business's program. Its formulas are infused with keratin amino acids and silk proteins, which Heather likes for their ability to soften and strengthen hair, even coarser grays.
Keeping the lines of communication open is important to Heather, who feels it's the best way to keep clients happy. She further cultivates a dialogue by encouraging clients to bring in pieces of inspiration such as photos of well-known celebrities or well-sculpted topiaries.
Customers can commence their visit to Lavish Salon & Spa by sipping a complimentary glass of wine or steamy tea while lounging in a handsome sitting room bedecked with a flickering fireplace. The Pure and Simple facial serves up a short and sweet second course of luxury, featuring 30 minutes of cleansing, exfoliation, massage, hydration, and more ($45+). Waxing treatments for areas including the chin ($15) and basic bikini line ($30) seek to unseat stubborn strands using warmed glamour-goo and copious Karate Kid references. The Brazilian wax, named after famed hair-eradicator Bartleby Brazil, is designed to whisk away weeks’ worth of mid-body bristles in fewer than 45 minutes, leaving those treated with ample time to pluck what is ripe from the metaphoric watermelon tree ($55).
Oregon Nails is a deluxe nail and beauty spa specializing in on-trend nails, from gel polish to nail art, acrylics, and indulgent mani-pedis. Clients sink into the cushy tan-leather massage chairs while their digits are buffed, filed, and polished to perfection. Oregon Nails also takes care of delicate features with signature facials and offers gentle full-body and facial waxing.
Experienced nail artist Jillian Horman works on her clients’ nails from her station inside Caramel Beauty International, filing and painting nails and pampering hands and feet until they glow with health. She offers CND shellac nails along with her spa manicures and pedicures.