Faith Montague's passion for styling hair started at a young age. She started practicing on herself and her family, determined to master caring for natural African American hair. After a nine-year hiatus from styling to serve in the Army, Faith created Candid You in order to showcase her 14 years of experience in haircare. With specialties in braiding, and protective styling, she also offers Sisterlocks, a gentle, chemical-free technique that uses the natural textures of African American hair to create flowing locks.
At Hello Beautiful, stylist Imani Zeledon sews human or synthetic hair extensions into heads, creates rows of pretty braids, and maintains dreadlocks by re-twisting them at the end. She also takes unruly manes and turns them into straight, shiny, manageable 'dos.
Under the dual direction of style veterans Michelle LeHeureux and Kim Southerland-Keene, Old Towne Hair Design & Colour Studio beautifies and styles coifs with artistic techniques and gentle products. During the 90-minute Brazilian blowout, strands soak in Brazilian Blowout Zero products that mollify frizz and straighten locks without the use of harmful formaldehyde. The serum seals essential amino acids into the cuticle of each strand using a proprietary plant-derived bonding system, leaving even thin coifs with more root volume, much like fertilizing a flower patch with Wheaties. After the treatment, curls and kinks unwind into gentle waves, and head gardens remain guarded against humidity for up to 12 weeks.
Meshell LeHeureux (pronounced La-Rue) has been a professional hairstylist and colorist for more than 20 years, and she's seen her share of hair mistakes––especially with home dyeing. “There is no way box color can look real or natural, since no one’s hair is a solid color," explains Mechell. "Box color can’t take into account the texture of one’s hair, whether its straight, coarse, or fine...or how the texture can change from the roots to the ends of the hair.” That's why Shelly offers pre-treatment consultations, which ensure her Kadus coloring treatments are tailored to the individual.
Though Shelly is highly certified in Kadus and other specialty product lines, she still considers herself a student in cutting and coloring. Each year, she takes roughly eight workshops across the country, all to make her skill set in-line with the latest trends. These classes also offer her expert insight into modern techniques, such as ombre tapering and the service most requested by electric outlet enthusiasts: frizz reduction.
Before modern-day salons, barbershops were a haven for masculine camaraderie with a side of hair services. When Joe Grondin, a master barber of more than 30 years, opened the first Roosters Men's Grooming Center, he worked to recapture that ambiance, but updated the styling techniques. Today, men there revel in a slow-paced atmosphere and contemporary services. Clients sit comfortably during cuts that culminate with aftershave and a dash of powder on the neck and vintage facial shaves, road to recovery facials, complete with a cleansing and hot towels.