These three salons in Austin, Texas have deep roots in culture, art and beauty that keep visitors and locals coming back. ✂ —Desiree Cole
Bella Salon & Spa
The bright colors in 5,500-square-foot Bella Salon & Spa are representative of Austin’s personality, says Shaunna Young, salon and spa manager. The salon also boasts art curated from a local gallery; Chakra images on the floor in the main hallway; and a Flower of Life mural on the entrance floor with a skylight above. In addition, the salon has 18 chairs, four styling areas, one nail room, two esthetician rooms, three massage therapist rooms, and a color bar. While more than 80 percent of Bella Salon & Spa’s clientele receive color, all hair and nail services are given a complimentary food and drink menu, all to be delivered during their cut, color or mani-pedi. “We are one of the only salons where a client receives these services and is also served lunch at the same time,” says Young.
In stock: CND, Essie, Keratin Complex, Number 4, OPI, Oribe, RevitaLash, Schwarzkopf Professional, Wella Professionals
Located on Guadalupe Street near the bustling University of Texas campus, L7 Salon was named after its initial crew of seven stylists. Owner Randy Rankin opened the 1,450-square-foot salon in 2010, which instantly attracted college students and working professionals with its shabby chic aesthetic and customized color services. The current staff of 15 originates from all over the country, including Austin, Boston and Chicago, and all provide haircuts, colors and highlights. Additionally, the salon holds monthly Bumble and bumble classes for stylists in the Austin, San Antonio and Dallas areas. The team is currently gearing up to open a second location downtown.
In stock: Bumble and bumble, Goldwell, Pravana
With a garden atrium blooming gorgeous greenery and a front desk crafted from old doors, beauty is what’s happening at Urban Betty. The 3,400-square-foot salon has a staff of 27 and low turnover, because most of the team are former associates of owner Chelle Morrison. “I always connect with each employee not only in a business manner, but also as a mentor on a personal level,” Morrison says. “This builds relationships with my employees that truly last and encourages them to continue the cycle with their client.” Since the salon opened in 2005, services offered include cuts, color, highlights, blowouts, updos, extensions, nails, waxing and makeup. To boot, Morrison holds in-house monthly classes led by industry educators, and even lets her staff teach the group.
In stock: Bumble and bumble, Moroccanoil, Pureology, Redken, Wella Professionals
PHOTOGRAPHY: Heather Zak Designs (BELLA SALON & SPA); Andrea Parker, Cherry Bream (urban betty); Alycia Mass (L7 SALON)