American Salon August 2013 : Page 48

FROM TOP: Gary Manuel Studio SLU sits in Seattle’s Salt Lake Union neighborhood, catering to local IT professionals; the interior holds 24 chairs, split into six stations for guest privacy. Natural Expression The latest Gary Manuel venture, Studio SLU in Seattle, merges natural beauty with high-tech edge, making it the perfect styling spot for the area’s young IT professionals. Centered in Seattle’s South Lake Union (SLU) district, a small neighborhood created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, stands the new Gary Manuel Studio SLU. Co-owned by hair gurus Gary Howse and Manuel Benevich and opened in April, the Aveda Concept Salon is the community’s rst full-service beauty establishment. Though just blocks from their other salons, the spot was chosen by the duo for its unique demographic, drawing from a completely different group of potential guests. The salon, designed by architectural group Graham Baba, aims to attain a beautiful balance between the building’s concrete, glass and steel elements and an organic feel, underscoring Howse’s and Benevich’s love of nature. “With over 3,400 square feet, oor-to-ceiling windows, reclaimed wood-wrapped walls and ceilings, high-ef ciency plumbing and lighting, and communal work/reception tables, the Studio location caters to today’s environmentally conscious, multitasking guests,” says Benevich. A glowing porthole is centered in a wood circle that extends onto the sidewalk, engul ng guests in a soft, natural cocoon as they enter the building. The interior lighting creates a attering glow to enhance the lavish colors and styles created in the space, and all cabinetry is custom-made from stainless steel and black painted glass. Seventeen full-time designers man the studio’s 24 chairs, which are divided into pods of six stations. The two-sided, exposed color stations split these pods to provide convenience to the designers mixing color and privacy to guests. Services exclusively use Aveda products and range from cuts and color to the Botanical Hair and Scalp Therapy Treatment. Catering to the area’s 20-to 35-year-old IT professionals while upholding Aveda’s philosophy, Gary Manuel Studio SLU meshes an abundance of natural materials with high-tech gadgets, bene tting both guests and stylists. For example, stylists use iPads for chemical formulas, guest records and future reservations. The design incorporates a speedy wireless network, with USB charging ports at all stations and at the Wi-Fi bar. It also features a permanent Usnaps Photo Booth, which instantly uploads photos to the salon’s website and video screen, to capture clients’ new hairstyles at their best. “We encourage the use of electronic devices,” Howse says. “We want guests to be able to extend their workday, if that makes them more comfortable.” ✂ —Kristen Heinzinger FLOOR PLAN

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floor plan<br /> <br /> Natural Expression<br /> <br /> The latest Gary Manuel venture, Studio SLU in Seattle, merges natural beauty with high-tech edge, making it the perfect styling spot for the area’s young IT professionals.<br /> <br /> Centered in Seattle’s South Lake Union (SLU) district, a small neighborhood created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, stands the new Gary Manuel Studio SLU. Co-owned by hair gurus Gary Howse and Manuel Benevich and opened in April, the Aveda Concept Salon is the community’s first full-service beauty establishment. Though just blocks from their other salons, the spot was chosen by the duo for its unique demographic, drawing from a completely different group of potential guests.<br /> The salon, designed by architectural group Graham Baba, aims to attain a beautiful balance between the building’s concrete, glass and steel elements and an organic feel, underscoring Howse’s and Benevich’s love of nature. “With over 3,400 square feet, floor-to-ceiling windows, reclaimed wood-wrapped walls and ceilings, high-efficiency plumbing and lighting, and communal work/reception tables, the Studio location caters to today’s environmentally conscious, multitasking guests,” says Benevich. A glowing porthole is centered in a wood circle that extends onto the sidewalk, engulfing guests in a soft, natural cocoon as they enter the building. The interior lighting creates a flattering glow to enhance the lavish colors and styles created in the space, and all cabinetry is custom-made from stainless steel and black painted glass. <br /> Seventeen full-time designers man the studio’s 24 chairs, which are divided into pods of six stations. The two-sided, exposed color stations split these pods to provide convenience to the designers mixing color and privacy to guests. Services exclusively use Aveda products and range from cuts and color to the Botanical Hair and Scalp Therapy Treatment.<br /> Catering to the area’s 20- to 35-year-old IT professionals while upholding Aveda’s philosophy, Gary Manuel Studio SLU meshes an abundance of natural materials with high-tech gadgets, benefitting both guests and stylists. For example, stylists use iPads for chemical formulas, guest records and future reservations. The design incorporates a speedy wireless network, with USB charging ports at all stations and at the<br /> Wi-Fi bar. It also features a permanent Usnaps Photo Booth, which instantly uploads photos to the salon’s website and video screen, to capture clients’ new hairstyles at their best.<br /> “We encourage the use of electronic devices,” Howse says. “We want guests to be able to extend their workday, if that makes them more comfortable.”<br /> ✂ —Kristen Heinzinger<br /> <br /> OUR TOWN<br /> Eugene, OR<br /> A small city in the Pacific Northwest, Eugene, OR takes pride in its beautiful natural scenery. These three salons ensure all residents look and feel beautiful. —Jolene Turner<br /> Chikara Salon & Spa True to definition, Chikara Salon & Spa in Eugene’s Ferry Street Bridge neighborhood is elegant, stylish and classy with an urban twist. Opened in 2002, Chikara Salon & Spa hones in on providing its clients with top products as a Wella Premier 2300 salon, and executing supreme services by its well-educated team of 11 stylists. “We’re so fortunate to have incredible educators come to our salon on a regular basis,” says Chikara Salon & Spa owner Michelle Courtney. Along with Wella instructors, six times a year the salon is host to editorial stylists and educators from Oribe Hair Care, and every year the team travels to Oribe Hair Care’s Backstage events and to Barcelona, Lisbon and Paris for international haircolor shows. “Education keeps us fueled,” Courtney says. Aside from the hair services that cover everything from color to special occasion updos, Eugene residents can also enjoy the salon’s skincare and nail services, as well as their yearly fashion show.In Stock: Dermalogica, Number 4 Hair Care, Moroccanoil, Oribe Hair Care, Wella Professionals<br /> Gervais Salon and Day Spa Having just celebrated its 14th anniversary, Gervais Salon and Day Spa, an Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa, stays true to Eugene’s appreciation for the Earth and healthy living. In 4,200-square-feet, 16 stylists, five estheticians and eight massage therapists deliver soothing treatments for beauty and well-being. “Our success is definitely built on understanding the importance of one’s health,” says Sharah Madrone, owner of Gervais Salon and Day Spa, noting that they don’t offer pampering services, but rather health treatments. When clients arrive for salon services, they’re treated to complimentary scalp and hand massages, all done by a staff that’s been educated at the Gervais Academy, a thorough training and apprentice program that cultivates successful workers. “My staff has been with me a long time,” Madrone says. “I believe that if the service technicians are happy and supported then that transfers into positive experiences for our clients.”In Stock: Aveda<br /> Moss Hair Studio Residing in the heart of downtown Eugene is Moss Hair Studio, a business that at its core is stylist-focused. “When we started, we made a commitment to create an optimum environment for stylists because we know, as stylists ourselves, when the workers are happy, the clients will be happy,” says Jesse Gaines, who co-owns the salon with stylist Renée Larson and her husband DJ Larson. Opened just three years ago, Moss Hair Studio is one of the top go-to spots for Eugene’s female professionals. Gaines believes their success is based on the stylists’ expertise and attitude as well as the salon’s commitment to keeping everything organic and natural. Along with recycling and using Organic Color Systems’ ammonia-free haircolor, the 1,800-square-foot salon has a minimalist, modern design. Additionally, Moss Hair Studio keeps the music loud and the outlook lively. “We really help our clients capture the essence of who they are,” Gaines says. “And we do it in a space that’s the best party in town.”In Stock: Davines, Organic Color Systems<br /> <br /> BIG FISH, SMALL POND<br /> <br /> Joseph Anthony <br /> Retreat Spa and Salon<br /> <br /> In every small town across America, there’s at least one salon that raises the bar for everyone else. Glen Mills, PA (population 18,099) has Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon.<br /> <br /> Just outside Philadelphia, nestled among lush gardens and scenic landscapes, is the unincorporated community of Glen Mills, PA. Built around the historical paper mills that began in the late 1800s, and have since closed, Glen Mills currently maintains a small-village charm while having the amenities of a major city, including the one-of-a-kind sanctuary: Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon.<br /> Established solely as a salon in 1978 by Joseph Anthony Gaglioti, the space is now a full-service beauty mecca that includes a luxurious European-style day spa and the recently added Hughes Center for Aesthetic Medicine. The entire business was a dream come true for Gaglioti and his son Joseph Anthony Gaglioti Jr. “I was excited to join the team in 1994, and together our vision grew into a stylish salon and spa,” Gaglioti Jr. says. Along with Dr. Susan M. Hughes and her team—who perform med-services ranging from facial enhancement injections to NeoGraft Hair Restoration—there are 33 stylists, 16 estheticians and 15 massage therapists on staff that tend to hair, nails, body and relaxation needs. Such pampering takes place in a 2,800-square-foot space, designed to accommodate all treatments and enhance the tranquil ambiance. The fieldstone and cream-colored trim found throughout the interior complements the building’s vernacular architecture and peaceful aesthetic. Key features include the large glass entrance tower and the uneven butterfly roof that angles toward the entryway. Salon services take place on the first floor, while the renovated second floor is the spa and includes decadent areas such as the 400-square-foot Brine Light Inhalation suite where guests can enjoy a fresh salt mist from a waterfall, energizing light therapy and calming music for a relaxing escape.<br /> While the atmosphere provides a sense of bliss, Gaglioti Jr. notes at the center of it all is exceptional customer service, ensuring clients leave feeling relaxed and looking good. Additionally, Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon hosts events throughout the year to keep in tune with the Glen Mills’ community. One such event is Style Wars, a fashion show fundraiser benefitting Adopt a Pig, a nonprofit that provides support to children and families dealing with pediatric cancer. It’s events like these that keep the business down to Earth, helping them provide luxe services with a laid-back attitude. “For years, clients have told me that the highlight of their week is getting their hair and nails done at our salon. People just feel comfortable here,” says Gaglioti Jr. ✂ ­—Jolene Turner

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