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Salons of the Year 2012 Winners

June 1, 2012 | 12:19 PM


A PLAYFUL IN-SALON PHOTO STUDIO that beckons clients to capture their new looks. Built-in experience centers that encourage retail interaction. Lather lounges that transform the shampoo into a relaxing encounter. Chairside appointment booking and checkout services reminiscent of an Apple Store. Color bars that invite clients into color chemistry, thereby boosting color productivity and profitability.

In a revealing new trend, this year’s SALONS OF THE YEAR not only constructed gorgeous, well-planned and productivity enhancing spaces, they designed salons and spas that wove the client experience right into the decor, thereby elevating customer service and infusing their businesses with a heightened degree of professionalism.

The Judging Process

The judging for SALONS OF THE YEAR takes place in three phases. First, the SALON TODAY team reviews and quali¬ties each of the entries, by examining application forms and photography. Next, a panel of editors and art directors evaluate each entry in further detail, selecting a group of finalists. Finally, the panel of expert judges scrutinize essays and evaluate seven to 10 images from each finalist, scoring them in seven different décor categories. Judge’s scores were combined and used to determine the grand-prize winner, the runners up and the Salons of Distinction.


Grand-Prize Winner: Ginger Bay Salon and Spa 

AT FIRST GLANCE, the interior of Ginger Bay Salon and Spa in Town and Country, Missouri, simply reads gorgeous.
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First Runner Up: Shin 

WHEN SHIN AN MOVED to Chicago from her hometown in Wisconsin in 1993, she met architect and designer Suhail and was immediately inspired by his passion and creative vision.
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Second Runner Up: Bespoke Hair Artisans 

WHEN LISA WILLIAMS named her salon, she was inspired by the English tradition of “bespoke” tailoring, a term coined after a group of London tailors who created custom designs for each client.
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Third Runner Up: Roca Salon & Spa 

RHONDA AND ROD CAVNER admit they take a little secret pleasure in observing new clients as they come into Roca Salon and Spa.
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Salons of Distinction

Van Michael Salon, Sandy Springs

Trilogy Salon

Strands Studio for Hair

Sine Qua Non Salon, West Town

Salon Entourage

Salon 241

New Reflections SpaSalon


Morrison Hair

LesliJon Salon

Kink Salon

Jyl Craven Hair Design

Headlines the Salon

HAUS Salon

Glo Hair Lounge

The Collage Salon

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