The Way We Were
In the old days, folks got their haircuts at local barber shops and girls and boys were indistinguishable since they all had “bowl” cuts. Mom could do it herself to save. She just put a bowl over the child’s head and snipped everything off that hung below the edge!
We have graduated since then because it’s not just a basic haircut we are after anymore, but a finished, polished look, attention to hair, skin and nails, and what’s more, we want the feeling of total relaxation in the process. The best reason to seek out a great salon is so you have access to the latest in style and the most modern methods of delivery.
There’s something new under the sun after all, especially when it comes to self image and the search for the perfect, face, nails, skin and hair. All you have to do is find the right Salon!
The New World of Personal Care Beyond Hair
The hair and beauty salon or so-called hair spa has emerged into the light of day from a very dim past. At the modern “new age” salon, everything still pivots around the hairstylist, who has now become one of our most important allies in the search for perfection. A highly trained, user-friendly stylist who is almost a personal counselor can perform amazing things through an innate fashion sense, use of depth and variation in color, texturizing, artistic use of highlights and low lights and through exceptional hairstyling skills.
Event hair specialists in up dos are in great demand too, for weddings and special occasions. There is a definite art to the creation of elegant coiffures for formal events and having professionals at your call to achieve those results is a definite plus.
But, today we dream of more than a great haircut. The magazines we browse all remind us of how wonderful it would be to get away, maybe to a spa to luxuriate, feel pampered and to emerge rejuvenated.
The Evolution of the Self-Image Salon
An example of the changes in hair and self-image salons is represented in Elle Magazine’s list of the top 100 salons in the United States in 2009. In that article, a Washington, DC establishment – Salon Leau – was counted among the top 10 in the country and one of the top 2 in the District of Columbia. Salon Leau features expert user-friendly stylists with a flair for creating soft, versatile cuts with sensitivity to shape, balance texture and proportion. In addition, highly trained colorists with exceptional flair pride themselves on producing subtle color palates. The atmosphere seems to count too, because there is a quiet sense of calm in the spa-like decor of the salon, tucked away in a Georgetown upscale row house, where the emphasis is on customer comfort.
Even the décor lighting, seating and general atmosphere of modern hair and beauty spas cater to customer comfort levels and the need for personal pampering and relaxation. If you leave a salon feeling rested, soft-skinned, relaxed and looking your best, you have chosen the right place.
The range of services offered by new-age salons is ever widening due to new technologies and customer demand. Product lines seem to change daily to incorporate the latest in herbs, scents, and sparkle. On-going courses are offered to salon personnel, in hair, skin, nails, aroma therapy, and massage. The idea is to elevate the perception of a vacation condensed into hours or a full day of pampering at your favorite salon.
- The staff at today’s best salons cater to both men and women and are dedicated to understanding each client’s needs and goals and to applying all resources to incorporate ultimate comfort, relaxation, and to achieve the desired results.
- Spa-style manicures or pedicures that feature elements of massage and organic rubs have become extremely popular in a therapeutic environment. Special equipment like whirlpool tubs create the illusion of escape to one of the major getaway spas so popular around the country today.
- Gentle hair removal with cutting edge methods of body waxing and facial waxing are also available and provided by experts in the field at new style salons.
- Enhancing features through makeup artistry is a popular service. Trained specialists who are dedicated to preparing clients for the most auspicious occasions are on hand to not only create image transformations, but to provide tips on how to achieve equivalent results at home.
Planning the New-Age Salon Escape
If you are tired of the same old cut in the same old atmosphere, it may be time to begin looking around for a new-age salon. Self image is important. In fact, it can be said that the self image you carry with you through a day is what can make you successful (or not).
There can be no dollar value placed on feeling good about yourself and making the best of who you are and how you look to the world. And for today’s cost conscious consumer, there is no better investment than finding a partner to work with you toward enhancing your image.
Choosing the right salon is one of the critical choices you can make today, but while you’re at it, you can also experience total relaxation as you are pampered and cared for in surroundings that feel like a sanctuary. There are salons and then there are salons, and today, they are a far cry from the local barber shop.