For close to a decade, the stylists at Salon Divine have done much more than transform hair with services such as extensions and texturizing treatments—they've made a difference in their community. In September of 2011, the team paired with Driscoll Children’s Hospital during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to help people donate their hair to make wigs for young cancer patients. They also recently hosted a benefit for a client with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Their care and compassion is reflected in the attentiveness they show to clients' hair, nails, and skin. They soothe tired feet with fragrant peppermint, citrus, or rose salt scrubs, and enhance the stress-reliever manicure with a hand and wrist massage, loosening joints that are stiff from rehearsing one-man sock-puppet shows. As a further tribute to client comfort, the salon boasts leather furniture and elegant, dark wood accents throughout. Bright pops of magenta from the backlit ceiling and strategically placed floral accents add a whimsical vibe that permeates the team's creative hairstyles.
Luxe Aveda Concept Salon evokes a sense of contemporary glamour by offering luxurious services amid its lofty ceiling and grey and fire-engine-red walls. A hairstyling visionary, Ray Hernandez presides over a team of hair-transforming artisans who administer cuts, color services, and specialized treatments. These stylists are so passionate about their craft that they educate clients about haircare, recommending Aveda products to maintain their new looks.
Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular items such as Shampure shampoo and witch hazel hair spray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging that cradles ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
A shared passion often brings talented people together. That's certainly the case at Planet Sol Salon, where each staffer brings her own background and artistic eye to the salon chair. Alexa Cline, for example, trained with Redken educators to gain expertise in haircuts and color treatments. Melissa Guerra specializes in chemical texturizing, and Natasha Gutierrez—who has interned with an American Board Certified Haircolorist—uses highlights to give hair the perfect amount of dimension. Not limiting themselves to just hair, the team members also administer aesthetic services such as chocolate foot masks and shellac mani-pedis.
The stylists are educators themselves, too. They know that a new look is ultimately pointless if it can't be regularly recreated at home, especially if clients find themselves stuck in a temporal loop. To that end, they recommend manageable styles and explain the step-by-step process for their creation.
A Paul Mitchell Focus salon, Salon Palomo employs more than 20 stylists who unleash expert skills on coiffures, garnering a Caller-Times Best of the Best award in 2010. For haircuts, the salon’s savvy stylists first wash customers’ hair to remove any lingering dinge or emotional ties to its previous style. They can also swathe locks in a high-end protein treatment. A complimentary color consultation with a mane maintainer allows head strings to ponder a new hue for disguising grays and intimidating snakes. Relaxing and beautifying services extend to full body waxing, nail art, and eyelash perms.
Newly expanded to 3,000 square feet, Salon Palomo ensconces guests in aristocratic environs with gold drapery, crown-molding-topped cabinetry, warm metallic hues, a sparkling chandelier, and mirrors that speak with Elizabethan accents.
Vera Auvil's passion in life has always been cultivating knick-knacks and odds-and-ends—her "sweet nothings," as her husband used to say—so when the opportunity to purchase her own store came her way, she knew she wanted to fill its shelves and aisles with her favorite little things: clothes, jewelry, home décor, and makeup. She christened the shop Auvil's Sweet Nothings and set to work cultivating local artisans and national vendors who proffer goods such as De Novo, Waterford crystal, and Yellow Box Shoes. The skilled staffers at her vendor-based store can even help clients brighten smiles with Beaming White teeth-whitening services, make-over mugs with Jane Iredale cosmetics, and learn to cheat during shopping-cart races.
Stylists sculpt modern manes amid the orange and lime-green walls of Tease Salon, LLC’s vibrant interior. While some guests wait on a plush L-shaped couch, stylists crop others’ mops at spacious stations, following the experienced lead of owner and 10-year industry veteran Sara M. Butcher. Undulating silver-framed mirrors let patrons admire their cut-in-progress or ask their reflection for advice on bang length. Staffers also revamp visages with waxing, facials, and laser teeth whitening, and a skilled massage therapist breaks up tension in a private massage room.