It’s clear as soon as customers see the front desk at Monkey Dooz—three hollowed-out barrels beneath a thick of faux palm trees—that it’s no ordinary hair salon. When they see the jeep-shaped salon chairs, they’ll realize that it is, of course, a hair salon that serves kids and Indiana Jones. It's the endless amount of little details that keeps kids entertained during haircuts and spa services such as sparkle nails and facials. Most importantly, though, is that Monkey Dooz’s staff is a carefully selected bunch that exudes compassion and patience for little ones.
For the past 25 years, licensed cosmetologist Julia has helped thousands of her clients look their best. Inside Studio 233 Salon & Spa, she snips away split ends and crafts chic haircuts to prep customers for special occasions such as prom or the annual trip to the laundromat. She also expertly paints nails as clients relax amid pillows on a plush taupe banquette and soak their feet in green pedicure bowls.
When it's time for a new 'do or mani-pedi, discerning clients head to Bridget's Hair Design at Eagle Salon and Spa. Bridget is not only a stylist, but a nail technician, too. Within these two specialties, she boasts an array of techniques suited to different beauty goals. Nails an be slicked with classic or gel polish, for instance, while those in Bridget's styling chair can choose cuts, color, updos, and more.
Rain Aveda Salon and Spa’s stylists and therapists call upon the powers of Mother Nature—as embodied in plant-derived Aveda products—to repair damaged hair and untie knotted muscles. Provided they don’t have to use harsh chemicals, the stylists are always receptive to new technologies. Aveda delivers on this front with treatments such as the Smooth Infusion retexturizing system and a botanical renewal treatment that strengthens frizzy strands.
The spa’s therapists soothe backs and shoulders with 10 massage modalities, many of which come with enhancements such as Aveda blue oil and aromatherapy infused with clary sage. It’s not uncommon for other spa treatments to include more than meets the eye. Facials, for example, begin with a consultation and end with a makeup touchup. Similarly, complimentary beverages accompany nail treatments that refresh hands and feet with caribbean aromas, gel polishes, and freshly laundered sock puppets.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Pedicures,
full set acrylic
Brands Used: EzFlow IBD just gel polish, OPI
Pro Tip: book 1 day in advance if possible
Hairspray Salon & Spa's resident nail technician, works alongside her aesthetician sister and a crew of stylists to beautify every client who walks through her door. While others work in mirrored stations and leather chairs, Kimberly's domain consists of the
couches reserved for pedicures. There, she buffs, polishes, and paints her customers' nails as they lean back, enveloped in plush cushions. She enhances every service—even acrylic fill-ins—with a complimentary massage, leaving guests as relaxed as sleepy puppy who just can't keep his eyes open after a long day of work.
If Ginny Patterson's appointment book is blacked out, it's possible she's coiffing models in a major metropolis. Though Patterson calls Meridian home, she travels across the United States on behalf of P&G Professional Care as a top trainer for the company's Wella and Sebastian lines. Patterson dabs models with makeup for fashion shoots, coifs hair for student audiences, and primps Miss America candidates for swimsuit and water-wing competitions. When she's at home in Salon G, Patterson performs the same services for locals, calling upon more than 30 years of experience in hair and makeup artistry. A septet of beauty professionals joins her at Salon G, exercising skills in aesthetics, nailcare, and haircare to help clients achieve desired looks. In addition to standard salon services, the specialists enhance curls with texturing services, address scalp conditions with Penetraitt treatments, and dress up nails with airbrushed designs, bling, or feathers.