Better BusinessFebruary 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
In stock: PureOlogy, Logics, Wella
Specializing in multi-textured hair, Hairplay salon attracts a wide range of clients because of its top-notch haircuts and knowledgeable stylists. "I require that my stylists know and understand all hair textures," says Hairplay owner Fritz Clay. "Not all of the stylists actually work on multi-textured hair, but they need to be able to at least give an accurate consultation so as to not discriminate against any client that walks in."
Clay, who also co-owns a second salon in San Francisco, created a product line named after the salon. The line includes Set, a foaming setting lotion available in three formulas, and Seal, a lightweight styling serum, both of which can be purchased at the salon or ordered from the salon's Web site. The 1,200-square-foot salon features a classic, modern decor with warm colors and a maze of mirrors throughout. Says Clay, "It's a small space with a huge personality."
In stock: Redken, Hairplay
3. Gina Khan Salon/Yosh for Hair
The Gina Khan Salon was originally called Yosh for Hair and owned by world-renowned stylist Yosh Toya. When he handed it over to esteemed colorist and friend Gina Khan in 1999, a solid foundation had already been built. "Since the salon has existed for so many years, the employees have created close relationships with clients, as well as with each other," says Nhu Bui, general manager. "Clients can feel that closeness in the atmosphere, which I think keeps them coming back."
The salon features an inviting decor with warm colors, such as red and yellow and a special vanity area where clients can finish off their look themselves. Clients always receive personalized attention from the staff, but especially on client-appreciation days, when loyal customers can enjoy complimentary Kérastase conditioning treatments.
In stock: Logics, Kérastase, Bumble and bumble
4. Posh Salon
Located in the trendy neighborhood of Pacific Heights, Posh Salon is an upscale boutique salon offering the most current hairstyles. "The stylists here are knowledgeable and educated, so our clients always feel very comfortable coming here," says Bethany Jackson, owner of Posh Salon. Aside from attending classes to keep up with the trends, stylists often learn from each other right in the salon itself. The 1,000-square-foot space features a sleek, modern decor with steel accents and a color palette of brown, orange and bright pink. Clients, consisting mostly of professionals, young businesswomen and socialites, enjoy the range of top-notch hair services, including cuts, color, extensions and thermal straightening. Says Jackson, "Even though we are a small salon, we have some of the best talent around."
In stock: Kérastase, Bumble and bumble