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Experience the Red Carpet Treatment

Summer is over, which means the red carpet season is among us and new hairstyles are taking center stage.

In Hollywood, many celebs are chopping off their long, beach-wave tresses and opting for much shorter do’s, while other famous faces are switching up their messy buns for well kept, slick-back bobs. Richmond trendsetters are also taking advantage of the seasonal style switch by visiting their favorite salons, like Laura D’s and Deep Roots.

Deep Roots Salon — the new, fashion-forward salon and spa in Mechanicsville that opened its doors in September 2017 — features some of the best stylists and colorists in the area and offers high quality professional products and services. From cuts and colors to perms and relaxers, the professionals at Deep Roots work together as a team and are committed to continuing education, so they can always bring their clients the latest trends and professional techniques.

Also offering skin treatments, manicures and pedicures, Deep Roots provides a total beauty experience for their clients. Lash lifts & extensions and a plethora of waxing services are also available.

And while the salon is young in age, they are mature in experience. Deep Roots Salon is actually the younger sister of the ever-popular Laura D’s Hair & Day Spa. Started by Debra Atkins and Laura Funkhouser, Laura D’s has been servicing Mechanicsville for almost 30 years. The pair dedicated the salon to servicing the whole family — from the littlest children all the way up to their grandparents.

“Many people ask, ‘Do you do children? Do you do older ladies?’ And I tell them, ‘We do them from the womb to the tomb,’” jokes Salon Manager Wayne Osborne. “Some of our stylists have even gone to funeral homes and have given the people there, their last hairdo before they leave.”

The styling work of Deep Roots and Laura D’s goes beyond the salon walls. Both salons exercise philanthropic efforts as well, taking part in battered women and breast cancer outreach programs and school supplies drives for children who are less fortunate. They even provide an apprenticeship program for those who are interested in becoming stylists.

“We were told a long time ago to hire the person and train the skill. So, if we can find the right person for our salon who doesn’t quite have ‘It’, we can train them and grow them to be very successful,” Osborne shares. “We like to help people make money, support themselves and grow. The sky’s the limit!”

And while the success of Laura D’s is already spilling over into Deep Roots, Osborne still remains humble. “We are incredibly thankful to our customers because we wouldn’t be where we are without the support of our guests,” he says. “We’re incredibly thankful for the support that we’ve gotten from our community.”

Ashley Jefferson is the editor-in-chief of River City Style. She currently lives in the Arts District with her fiance, and her Maltese-mix named Asha.


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