Better BusinessDecember 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
2. Trim Classic Barber & Legendary Beauty
All clients receiving a cut or color at Trim also receive a Supermodel Blowout, which leaves the client photo-shoot ready, according to Graham Griffith, marketing and customer care director. Aside from hair services, female clients can receive makeup application, manicures and brow shaping. Male clients can also choose from a list of services, including haircuts, waxing, shaves and nailcare, all of which include a complimentary shoeshine.
The salon, which opened in 1998 and can be described as vintage with a modern twist, features a men's side in deep green colors and a separate women's side in light pink. The 13 stylists, one of whom has toured with Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and the Dixie Chicks, try not only to give clients trendy styles, but also to set the trends. "We don't try to take the big hair out of Nashville, but we do put a cosmopolitan spin on it," Griffith says.
In stock: Bumble and bumble, Davines
3. Eyecandy Salon
When hiring new stylists, Eyecandy Salon co-owners Judy Randall and Cassie King look for great employees who aren't necessarily good at everything, but are the best at what they can do. "A lot of our success is due to the team we have hired," Randall says. "Our reputation for expertise is what has brought clients to us."
The salon, which opened in 2005, has an urban decor with a warm, tan and green color scheme and a floor-to-ceiling mirror in front of every station. Due to its close proximity to "Music Row," the salon's clients are mostly recording artists, including Jo Dee Messina and Kellie Pickler, record-label executives and other music-industry people, who enjoy the salon's cuts and color. "Most of our clients are very concerned with their appearance," Randall says. "They want a current look, such as the Posh Spice short haircut that is popular now, and we give it to them."
In stock: Bumble and bumble, René Furterer, Aveda
4. Elan Hair
Even though clients receive only hair services at Elan Hair, they are encouraged to visit its sister business next door, Elan Skin, to receive such services as microdermabrasion, chemical peels and Botox. Elan Hair attracts mainly upscale clientele from Nashville and the surrounding area. "When our clients find a stylist here who they like, they will drive from anywhere to get back to us," says Jeff Wamble, co-owner and general manager.
The salon, which features a modern decor with one entire wall that is floor-to-ceiling glass to allow natural light to enter, has hosted an annual event for the past six years where stylists volunteer their services and all proceeds are donated to The Humane Society. Clients' pets can even receive pet massages and volunteer dog walkers are on hand to take the dogs for a stroll.
In stock: Bumble and bumble, René Furterer, Davines
Big Fish, Small Pond
In every small town across America, there's at least one salon that raises the bar for everyone else. Abington, MA, (population 14,605) has Studio 23.