In years past, salon and spa design tended to take its cues from the owners’ individual interests and personalities. The focus has shifted, and today’s winning designs put the spotlight on the client.

Owners are creating clean, sophisticated and timeless spaces that attract the salon’s target market. Now, the designs find their personalities in the architectural details of a historic building, in comfortable and enduring furnishings and in the simplicity of a gorgeous view.

At first look, the designs might seem clean and simple, but there’s actually quite a bit of science behind them. Today’s designers create spaces that encourage specific client behaviors—luxurious retail spaces tempt clients to open their wallets, cutting and coloring areas have clean canvases where clients see themselves in a beautiful new way, and spa rooms immediately begin the de-stressing process.

Grand-Prize Winner

Willemstad, Curacao
Owner: Kimberly de Freitas

1st Runner-Up
Michael & Michael

Chicago, Illinois
Owner: Michael Crowley & Michael Jacobson

2nd Runner-Up
NAAVA Salon & Spa
Austin, Texas
Owner: Steven Chodniewicz & Joshua Chodniewicz

3rd Runner Up
Don Angelos Aveda Lifestyle Salon
Bay City, Michigan
Owners: Angelo Ortega & Donovan Ortega


Salons of Distinction:

Adam Broderick Salon & Spa
Ridgefield, Connecticut
Owner: Adam Broderick

Appt Only
Chicago, Illinois
Owner: Andrew Tartara

Aveda Institute Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Owner: Patrick Thompson

AYA Salon & Spa
Petaluma, California
Owners: Charlene & Christian Stratton

David Ezra Salon & Spa
Wayne, New Jersey
Owners: David & Julie Ezra

Ecco Salon
Waunakee, Wisconsin
Owners: Sarah and Trent Lange

Jose Luis Salon—Lamar Union
Austin, Texas
Owner: Jose Buitron & Bill Pitts

Lalo Salon
Chesterfield, Missouri
Owners: Angie & Jerid Lorenz

Martino Cartier
Sewell, New Jersey
Owner: Martino Cartier

Metro Barber
Tallahassee, Florida
Owner: Jenny Dease & Kevin Hamilton

Namaste Salon & Spa
Wheaton, Illinois
Owner: Karen Millonzi

Niki Moon Salon
Naperville, Illinois
Owners: Niki Moon Bonnet

Noggins Organic Salon
Ridgeland, Mississippi
Owner: Kez & Gareth Broad

Tangerine Salon
Dallas, Texas
Owner: Brandon Hensley & Janet Hensley

Zandi K
Lakewood, Colorado
Owners: Faye Zandi and Nicki Wenz

Zolton’s Salon & Spa
Scottsdale, Arizona
Owners: Robert & Margaret Quinn