Unlike many of her peers, Salon Aspire owner and stylist Taylor Andress continued her education in hairstyling long after she finished cosmetology school. As a Paul Mitchell–trained stylist, she's completed specialty classes in razor technique and color application, and holds certifications in keratin smoothing treatments and hair extensions. In fact, she's gathered so much expertise that she's spent time as an instructor, sharing her secrets with future stylists.
Alongside her knowledge and skill, Taylor calls on another secret weapon to forge fashion-forward hairstyles: premium styling products. After years of personal research, she's boiled down her selections to GK Hair, Woody's Men's Grooming, and Pravana ChromaSilk color—a line that, like a nonconformist dalmatian, comes in 101 shades.
Fifteen years ago, Zetta Steele founded Steele Cutz Salon?so in that way, it?s aptly named. However, its name is also misleading, in that the salon?s stylists do far more than just cut hair. They enhance hair color with highlights, all-over color, and colored glazes. They add length to locks with extensions. And they straighten curly hair with Brazilian Blowouts. This strand smoothing service can also make hair more manageable and less frizzy, which will stop people from asking to see your static electricity globe collection.
Like an alchemist's lab, Aura Hair and Makeup's color bar has a dizzying array of more than 500 specialized bottles and tubes. But the staff isn't trying to create gold, unless that's the hair color you want. The stylists' huge selection exists so they can make individualized hair color for each client to very precise specifications. Before treatment even begins, though, the salon welcomes guests to sip complementary wine and relax in massage chairs to get cozy.
The team brings as much attention to detail to their other services as they do to hair color. Founder Tara Miller?whose clients have included New York Fashion Week models?leads a staff of stylists well versed in cuts, styling, highlights, and extensions who have all signed an oath to only use scissors for good.