Corie Hengst is a New York-based associate editor at American Salon with several years of experience in print and online media. Always active in her passion, she has tackled writing projects over the years ranging from business books to greeting cards. Before joining American Salon, she was editor at a finance magazine. In her current role, she reports on a variety of topics in the professional beauty industry including salon services and hair and nail trends.
Our Town: Columbia, MO
The Strand Salon & Spa
The Strand Salon & Spa, which opened in 1997, makes sure giving back to the community is paramount. Together with Children’s Hospital University of Missouri Health Care, the salon hosts an annual Glamour-azzi night, where patients visit the salon with their families for hair, nails and makeup pampering. “We send them home with a goody bag and a special memory,” says Christy Huggans, who co-owns the salon with Mitchell Farris. The salon staff—which includes a salon coordinator, 10 stylists, two massage therapists and two estheticians—started the charity four years ago when a local radio station presented the idea. Huggans says it’s the staff’s family atmosphere that keeps clients coming back for services, whether it’s wedding hairstyling or some R & R.
In Stock: Aveda, Biolage, Brazilian Blowout, DevaCurl, Redken, Rusk
The Beach Salon
The Beach Salon reflects Columbia’s creative energy and is located in the Arts District in a renovated warehouse that embodies a modern, urban loft look. The salon, which opened in 2008, is decorated with wood and metal and features refurbished 1960s hydraulic chairs. The 2,800-square-foot space is filled with a mix of original artwork and features six styling stations, a barber station, two manicure stations, two pedicure stations and a massage room. “We want every client to feel that they look their very best and feel renewed in spirit each time they visit our salon,” says Melodi Beach, who co-owns the salon with husband Gene Buck. “We want them to feel at home and relaxed.” And relax they do—the salon recently added a serenity room for clients to unwind while they wait for services or their color to process.
In stock: Chi, DevaCurl, John Paul Mitchell Systems, MENSDEPT., Organic Color Systems, Pureology, Redken
The eye symbol in Salon Nefisa’s logo, which adorns the salon’s façade, has a powerful meaning that resonates with the staff. The ancient Egyptian eye of Horus is considered a sign of protection that bestows wisdom and health. “Here at Salon Nefisa, we feel everyone has a precious elegance that needs to be cared for and protected,” says owner Sara Ahmed El-Toumi. Opened in 2004, the 3,000-square-foot salon—with an upscale vibe and an Egyptian touch to its design—employs eight stylists, an esthetician and three support staff members. In addition to a full menu of hair services, the salon offers wax and brow tinting, nail treatments and makeup application. Salon Nefisa’s most popular services are its spa pedicures and treatment blow-dries, which include a wash and any style with a customized Redken Chemistry hair treatment.
In Stock: Dermalogica, DevaCurl, Pureology, Zoya