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With all the chaos in today’s world, SALON TODAY is excited to bring something gorgeous to brighten your day and get your imagination pumping on your next great salon—our 20 finalists in the 2021 SALONS OF THE YEAR competition. 

Originally launched in our sister publication MODERN SALON more than 40 years ago, SALONS OF THE YEAR is a salon design competition that invites owners who have opened a new salon or renovated an existing one in the past two years to submit professionally shot images of the finished look and tell us about their design choices. 

Each entry is judged in phases by the editorial team at SALON TODAY and MODERN SALON, who pick the finalists, and eventually select the grand prize winner and the runners up. 

Each salon will be featured in our Summer 2021 issue of SALON TODAY, in the digital edition, as well as in individual stories on our website. In the coming weeks, we will announce the runners-up and the Grand Prize Winner, who will grace the cover of the Summer issue. 

6 Salon—Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Owners: Tomy Lulgjuraj, Johnny Nicollaj, George Nikollaj

Alia Rose Salon
Westmont, IL 
Owner: Rosalia Knudtson

b.LUXE Hair and Makeup Studio
Medway, MA
Owner: Heather Cohen

DashBar
Miami, FL
Owner: Carla Oliva

Gavali Salon
Fairfield, CT
Owner: Gabriella Travali DeStefano

Highbrow Hippie
Venice, CA
Owner: Kadi Lee and Myka Harris

John Hancock Barbershop
Prescott, AZ
Owners: Grant Quezada, Jesse Burke

Kalon Hair Studio
Worthington, OH
Owner: Kendyll Lacko

L’evation Salon
Livermore, CA
Owner: Lindsy Fernandez

Salon Blu
Raleigh, NC
Owner: Sara Davis & Tara Gardiner

Salon Dulay
Orlando, FL
Owner: Laura Dulay

Salon Posta
Marietta, GA
Owner: Stephen Posta

Salon Sisu
Golden, CO
Owner: Lucinda & Sam Quattrochi

Steele Barber + Spa
Seattle, WA
Owner: Matthew & Victoria Humphrey

Steele Salon Bars
Powell, OH
Owner: Ray & Lauren Steele

Ten Salon
Neptune Beach, FL
Owner: Sheila Powers Alesch

Therapy Hair Studio
Houston, TX
Owners: David E. Bamford & Luis B. Perez

Trios Salon
Omaha, NE
Owner: Somer Krueger

Van Michael—Highlands
Atlanta, GA
Owners: Van and Michael Council

VolumeONE Salon
Pensacola FL
Owner: Hurst Butts

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