Our TownSeptember 1, 2008 By: Nicole Palmieri American Salon
Salt Lake City is the most populous city in Utah and was home to the 2002 Winter Olympics. Nicole Palmieri found four salons that strive to go for the gold to stay ahead of the competition.
1. Landis Salon
All clients who enter Landis Salon receive a consultation prior to their service. They also receive a number of complimentary add-ons that enhance their visit. Men receive a hot towel facial, women are treated to makeup finishing touches, and all clients are given stress-relieving scalp, shoulder, hand and arm massages. "We offer these complimentary services to set us apart from other salons and also introduce some of the products we sell," Salon Director Shawn Kirk says.
The 4,800-square-foot Aveda Lifestyle Salon features an earthy and organic decor and is considered a certified E2 business, which means it meets certain criteria for being sustainable and "green." The salon's New Artist Program allows clients to receive top-notch services at a discounted price, since stylists in this program are newly licensed and trained. "This attracts mostly college students and males who are trying a high-end salon for the first time and want the biggest bang for their buck," Kirk says.
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2. Salon Keiji
With more than 20 years of experience in the hair industry, Keiji Yasuo knows what it takes to satisfy clients and keep them coming back. At his eponymous salon, which opened in 1990, he trains his stylists to follow the techniques and philosophies he learned through his training with Vidal Sassoon. The 2,600-square-foot salon even hosts Vidal Sassoon classes throughout the year, which are also open to stylists from other salons.
Clients, who consist mostly of middle- to upper-class residents, appreciate the salon's knowledgeable and talented stylists. They also appreciate the salon's decor, which has Italian marble floors, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and Takara Belmont shampoo chairs, where they receive a complimentary scalp treatment and massage.
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3. Lunatic Fringe
Husband and wife Shawn Trujillo and Angie Katsanevas, co-owners of Lunatic Fringe, aim to please clients as well as their team of stylists. "It's a team effort here," Trujillo says. "Every client gets the attention of all team members. This leads to our employees enjoying what they do and working in an environment that is fun and where people are happy to be here." The salon also aims to protect the environment by recycling and sending hair clippings out to a company that uses them to clean up oil slicks.
According to Trujillo, the salon, which has four locations in Salt Lake City, got its name from an Australian friend who used the term to describe "crazy hair." "The name stuck out to us and we thought the definition was really cool," Trujillo says.
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4. Dexterity Salon
"We've attracted really good stylists here who provide a welcoming atmosphere for our clients," says Tara Martin, who co-owns Dexterity Salon with her husband, Jeff.
The 2,000-square-foot salon, which opened in 2005, features many natural elements throughout, such as concrete floors and woodwork made from recycled sunflower seeds. Jeff, who is also head stylist and educator at the salon, built a lot of the fixtures and the styling stations at the salon himself, as well as the color bar and front desk. Every month the salon features artwork from a different local artist, which adds some color to the space. Giving back to the community is also a major focus of the salon, including fundraisers like food and coat drives during the holiday season and a dog wash to raise money for the No More Homeless Pets in Utah organization.
In stock: Bumble and bumble