At Zandi K Salon, everyone has a story. Stina Nelson didn't realize her passion for massage until a string of bad car accidents led her to the muscle-mending techniques for her own pain relief. Co-owner Nicki Wenz, meanwhile, worked as one of just 12 national Aveda makeup artists in the mid 2000s, traveling the country for photo shoots and trade shows. Educators, artists, world travelers, and Aveda-trained beauty professionals all gather within the earth-toned and stacked-slate walls of Zandi K to lend their life experiences to the looks of others.
They get a little help from their products, of course. The team uses all-natural, plant- and flower-based Aveda products made with sustainably harvested ingredients that are gentle on hair, skin, and Mother Nature's patience. These combine in services that run the gamut from styling and coloring to waxing and ousting acne with facials. But before clients watch their appearances transform in minimalist, steel-framed mirrors, they can sit back in the waiting room with a Session beer, Barefoot red wine, or fruit-infused water, and share their own story.
When clients sit down in front of the mirrors that lean against the exposed brick walls of Flaunt Salon, they have a choice. They can stick with a simple cut, perhaps with a deep-conditioning treatment to keep their hair healthy, or they can go for a complete makeover. One place to start would be a corrective color, which stylists perform to fix the subpar work of other salons or the mistakes of the animators who drew our dimension. Before they know it, clients end up with brighter smiles from the Da Vinci teeth-whitening system, more durable nails from a Shellac manicure, or healthier-looking skin from the botanical antioxidants of the rehydrating facial. They can then maintain their looks by taking home hair products from American Crew, Aquage, and Pureology.
At each styling station at Rebelle there awaits a professional-grade haircare arsenal, including products from the likes of Moroccanoil, evo, and Kevin Murphy. Of course, none of that would matter if not for the talented hands of stylists, including Chayla, who literally grew up in the beauty industry?she began helping her mom in the salon at the age of 10. Their talents combined, this team administers haircuts, coloring treatments, and other aesthetic services for the whole family.
Tolga Taskin and the deft stylists at his eponymous salon wield decades of experience and L’Oréal Paris products to crown clients in unique 'dos. Focused solely on strand services, the stylists rework manes with cut, color, and texturizing treatments that fashion crowd-pleasing coifs without wiring clients with a portable laugh track. The service menu also features lock-lengthening extensions and the newly imported Kérastase conditioning treatment, which repairs manes battered by chemicals and daily styling regimens.
At Studio A Collective of Stylists, a team of hair experts hand-picked by owner Andrea Tucker stays abreast of the latest trends and advises clients with up-to-the-minute style advice gleaned through regular trainings. Wielding products from Screen, Phyto, and Sebastian, the stylists tend locks with cuts, deep-conditioning treatments, and coloring services that include semipermanent dyes and glosses??treatments that lack the permanent hold of traditional dyes or bubblegum colorings. Stylists also color-coordinate nails to outfits with durable Shellac manicures and pedicures, and protect skin from unwanted hair with a slew of facial-waxing services. Styling tips for time between appointments foster long-lasting chic and protection from bedhead epidemics, as do complimentary maintenance trims in the salon, where walls brim with the creative wares of a rotating featured artist.:m.]]
When Sparrow Stylin? Salon owner Lisa Branham became a certified stylist in 1983, she had a certifiable style of her own?a royal-blue mohawk. Though she?s since swapped her punk-rock coif for pretty blond highlights, she still encourages her team to embrace a diverse and norm-bending approach to styling. In addition to traditional cut and color services, Lisa and her stylists can be found creating special-effects colors, maintaining dreads, snipping away wads of gum, and ornamenting strands with feather extensions. Though often funky, their work can also be elegant, polishing frizzy locks with Brazilian blowouts and building romantic updos for weddings and special occasions.
The onsite spa furthers aesthetic overhauls with an extensive selection of facials and chemical peels. Lactic peels use a milk-based formula to brighten skin, and moisturizing seaweed facials can help clients befriend nearby whales. Clients can also have their nails groomed with Shellac manicures and select aromas of their choice for full-body sugar scrubs.