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2016 Salon & Stylist Awards

In a city this pretty, we must give credit to the glam squads who are managing the manes of Houston’s hottest and giving us all a breath of fresh hair. For taking our collective ‘dos to new heights (and fixing the don’ts), in these tress tenders we trust… 

GLAM SLAM
A glimpse of the impossibly chic jewel box that is Maison Luisant, which is French for “shimmering house,” in Highland Village

BEST ONE-STOP SHOP 
milk+honey Houston
In a city of successful multitaskers, the swanky Austin import is settling in well at West Ave, its first Houston location and only spot outside ATX. A two-story, 8,250-square-foot spa, salon and shop in one, its extensive (but not overwhelming) menu of services does not disappoint, with body treatments, facials, hair, nails and lashes—not to mention a membership option, packages and private party space. We’ll have a blowout. But first, the Ultimate Massage, please, because it’s 120 minutes that commence with a circulation-boosting body brushing and conclude with a scalp rub. From $40 for men’s cuts and $110 for massages. 2800 Kirby Dr., 713.231.0250

HOTTEST COLOR TEAM
Maison Luisant
The 6,500-square-foot salon and spa has its own red carpet and a team of top colorists. Your hair’s in good hands with any of its 16 artists-in-residence, like Amber Carroll, who does creative custom color work—“bombre,” anyone? And we love the cool confidence of James Fojt, who trained in France. We also love his natural aesthetic because no one knows our impeccably colored hair wasn’t born this way. Shh! From $95 for a single process. 4059 Westheimer Rd., 713.505.1560

TRENDIEST COLOR
Chelsea Haley, Studio Eclipse
A former model and new salon owner, Haley is a wiz at cool, on-trend hair hues, delighting both color camps: those who push the envelope and those who just want pretty hair. She has an Instagram following of 10,000 strong and clients who fly from Los Angeles to get her take on icy platinum and pastels, and “rooty blond” and “lived-in” color. The latest? Smoky tones and steely blues. 5836 N. Main St., 281.636.2562

BEST FOR BLONDES
Dawn Forrest, Shine Salon
Owner of the new Tanglewood salon, Forrest is blond and she gives good blond. Balayage—the foil-free French highlight technique—is often part of the secret sauce that has strangers stopping clients to ask about their hair. Bonus: Shine is heavy on hospitality and the only place in town to buy Balmain stylers. From $75 to $375. 1303 S. Voss Rd., 713.785.8400

SWEET RETREAT
Welcome to the land of milk+honey, the new West Ave salon and spa.

FOR ROCKIN' REDHEADS
Caitlyn Palmer, M Salon
An educator who studies the chemistry of color, Palmer is a bombshell redhead herself. It’s the best of both worlds for ginger clients at her Greenway salon: She mixes up magical tones with scientific precision and shares her secrets to retaining richness between appointments. 3815 Richmond Ave., Ste. A, 713.572.3100

BEST COUTURE COLOR
Felicia Joseph, The Hairdressers
A color savant and co-owner of the new West University salon, Joseph believes that everyone has a blond and a brunette that’s meant for them. Her skill is finding it, then whipping up a custom color and toner combo that will yield heavenly highlights and garner compliments—even on a bad hair day. (BTW, her partners Albert Dominguez and Kip Schexnaydre bring the heat with killer cuts, glam styling and Brazilian blowouts.) 2715 Bissonnet St., Ste. 404, 713.874.1994

BEST FOR CURLY HAIR
David Armendariz, Studio A Salon
Armendariz puts the “A” in Studio A and gets an A+ for his ability to tame curly hair in his light and airy two-story Rice Village salon. He’s a graceful retired ballet dancer, and he’s equally lyrical when it comes to whipping frizzy curls into smooth submission or stretching them into cascading waves. Studio A also offers Brazilian straightening, plus $25 treatments and $35 blowouts on Wednesdays. 2411 Sunset Blvd., 713.859.1591

BEST FOR TREATMENTS
Roi Alan, Tease Color & Style Bar
Our new favorite thing is a luxurious “treatment haircut” with salon co-owner and stylist Alan. Before a single snip, he customizes a dose of Goldwell or Oribe decadence that recharges hair and scalp, and acts as a barrier to UV damage, color fade and frizz. It also doesn’t hurt that Alan gives one heck of a blowout post treatment and trim. From $110. 2828 Richmond Ave., 281.299.3356

BEST UPDOS
Meghan Lee, Ceron Hair Studio
The chicest Houston brides book Lee on their big days and special occasions of every sort. She trained closely with Ceron for two years (after earning her biz degree from UTSA) and has worked on Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Khan and Versace fashion shows. Bonus: The adept artist has a knack for cutting long hair and giving sunny highlights. From $150. 1180-12 Uptown Park Blvd., 713.892.8330

BEST FOR EXTENSIONS
Mariko Peterson, Brush & Bobby
We crush on her salon name, but Peterson’s prowess with extensions prove she’s more than a pretty name (or face). Her full-service Heights salon, which bowed in November, is the place for extensions of every variety, including taped, keratin and beaded—all made with 100 percent human hair. Peterson consults with all clients to customize their extensions to their lifestyle. From $250 to $1,200. 5836 N. Main St., 303.842.1047

BEST BLOW-DRY
Craft Salon & Style Bar
The wide-open and spacious Montrose gem offers several blowouts like the beach do, the modern vintage do and the starlet, so your style is anything but cookie-cutter. Or, if you want to be a total trendsetter, create a custom look for about $35. While you’re there, ask about the Soft Chocolate treatment, the $150 frizz reducer that lasts up to three months. 2307 Dunlavy St., 713.528.2929

MOST INNOVATIVE
Shampu
One look at the contemporary cool space that is Keelan Baker’s Midtown salon, Shampu, and it’s no surprise the styling team nabs a nod for doing cutting-edge work. Whether you crave a cut no one else has, an extreme style that Sia might sport, a complicated dye job or a flowing mermaid mane, this is the team to see when you’re ready for a change. From $58 for cuts. 2000 Bagby St., Ste. 112, 713.521.0090

BEST BARBER
The Argyle League
It hasn’t been in town long, and The Argyle League is killing it. They do the old-school hot lather shave and straight-razor shave with towel treatment, and tailor-made haircuts. Expect a gratis trim between cuts (so, yep, that’s two for one) and whiskey any way you want it. So neat. And it’s next door to indie coffee shop Siphon Coffee if you prefer your poison caffeinated. From $40. 703 W. Alabama St., 713.702.1026

BEST PRODUCT LINES
Vita Mutari Salon
In a brand-new beauty merger, Tre Spa joined forces with Vita Mutari (very appropriately, that’s Latin for “life transformation”) Salon in West U last month. The North American flagship for Sachajuan products also carries Kevin Murphy, Kérastase, L’Oréal Professionnel and 18.21 Man Made products for guys—all packaged like whiskey. 2442 Bissonnet St., 713.523.7800