When Kemeitria Howard was a child, she watched her mother, Kimberly, work hard for a living. But when the work day was done, Kimberly would always find time to unwind with her friends at the local salon. Seeing this had a big impact on Kemeitria, who has always associated salons with relaxation, group support, and a full life. That's why she set out to create her own salon, Kimberly's Retreat, LLC, where other women could have the luxury of being both pampered and treated like family.
When clients come in for a service, whether it is a haircut, relaxing treatment, or color work, they are immediately offered a complimentary beverage. They are then lead to the wash stations, where stylists deepen the relaxing element of their services with a complementary facial massage. This stimulates flow of blood for a glowing complexion before treatments. Staff specialize in working with braids and natural hair setting to numerous styles of extensions. These can be as permanent or temporary as desired, much like that full-size tattoo you got inked of your favorite sweater.
As one of the co-owners of Velvet Rose Beauty Bar, LaPonda McArthur brings 23 years of experience in cosmetology when helping clients look and feel their best. Under the care of experienced hands, clients can shed dead ends and update their ’dos with designer cuts and styles. In addition, the salon keeps appendages polished with mani-pedis, chases away tension with massages, and smoothes flyaway follicles with blow-dries.
When the rest of Erika’s middle-school classmates filled the seats around her with trendy hairdos, Erika was still wearing elementary-era pigtails. Determined to transform her tresses, she tried her own hand at hairstyling and quickly found her niche. Soon, she was dispensing her talents on the heads of family and friends, which led to a job as a 14-year-old shampoo assistant—even Michael Jordan didn’t go pro that fast. Today, she’s a full-blown stylist with 16 years of experience. At Create the Beautiful, Erika spends her days taming clients’ manes with keratin straightening treatments, face-flattering haircuts, and highlights that might match the bright-yellow walls of her salon. Erika also offers other spa services such as facials designed to make the skin appear youthful and rejuvenated with deep exfoliations, massage, extractions, and deep cleansing masks.
Retreat to SaSa's beautiful sanctuary, located in Bolton Hill, and feel the pressures of the outside world dissolve. Your 60-minute massage treatment (an $85 value) combines circulatory and deep-tissue techniques to ply tight spots back to soothedness. The 30-minute signature foot treatment (a $42.50 value) features a three-step method to soften, invigorate, and relax feet using a blend of essential oils. At the end of your approximately hour-and-a-half-long treatment, you'll emerge with the vigor and zest of a sixth grader on the last day of school.
At Neal's, a team of highly trained pampering professionals apply the latest age- and ache-combating techniques to restore beauty and bliss to flushed faces and embattled backs. During the customized, one-hour European facial, an aesthetician will perform an analysis of the frumpled face in question before administering a thorough cleansing and exfoliating vegetable peel to exorcise the ear-framed masterpiece of dead, dry skin cells (a $70 value). Afterward, a facial massage kneads away tenderness and eases facial stress brought on by years of awkward elevator small talk.
The stylists at K. Stewart the Salon strive to bring out their client’s natural beauty with natural products. That's why they eschew synthetic strands in favor of Virgin Indian Remy hair extensions, which are sourced solely from human donors. The bundles of wavy, curly, or straight strands are first cleansed and treated, ensuring the extensions are ready to immediately grace noggins or double as drapes. In addition to sealing the extensions with a heat protector to keep them shiny, they also align the hair cuticles in the same direction and reinforce the wefts to avoid tangling and shedding—which is why they can last up to 12 months. When stylists aren't arranging adding extension dimension to locks, they shape manes with salon services including haircuts, relaxers, and custom coloring, and train their fellow stylists.