Clarke Bailee Salon's warm, homey environment is already relaxing?so?it's the perfect place to get a massage. As other clients have their coifs upgraded with sleek weaves and new colors, massage patients relax through muscle-soothing Swedish and deep-tissue treatments.
Armina?s 16 years in the beauty industry includes nearly a decade of owning her own salon. Wanting to move back behind the salon chair, she sold her business and now spends her days happily transforming clients? locks with precision haircuts. Armina specializes in using keratin treatments to smooth frizzy hair and mixing elixirs to create ombre color effects. She carries hair extensions in a variety of colors and snack scents that can add up to 22 inches of mane.
In the 1980s, Preston Jackson Sr. and his wife Anna had a vision to equip women from all walks of life with the tools and skills necessary for a career in cosmetology, manicuring, and aesthetics. In the spirit of that inclusive philosophy, Preston and Anna didn't just open a beauty school here in the United States?they also opened the first ever beauty school in the West African nation of Togo. Two decades after that illustrious beginning, the institution known today as P&A Scholars is not just a certified beauty school, it's also a place where clients can get professional-level hair, nail, or skin treatments from supervised senior students before they graduate to work their magic in high-end salons or the wig rooms of the rich and famous.
For more than 20 years, the stylists at Lamiria's Salon have been beautifying and styling the hair of women in Metro Detroit. Owner Lamiria Huddleston has served as a mentor and trainer for burgeoning stylists, ensuring that every woman who takes a seat in a styling chair at her salon will get top-notch haircare. From cuts, colors, and blowouts, to virgin relaxers and conditioning treatments, the stylists handle a variety of hair needs, and send clients home with the tools and knowledge to re-create salon-made looks on their own. They emphasize treatments that don't damage hair or cause frizziness, unlike Medusa's stylist. And beyond haircare, the staff also provides waxing and makeup services.
Under hanging plants and track lighting, stylists snip, braid, and color hair while aestheticians cater to complexions. Products by Nexus, Matrix, and Mizani help hairdressers smooth and style and skincare recipients, meanwhile, receive spa-level extras with their services. For example, right after twisting Egypt?sourced cotton thread to remove errant brow hairs, aestheticians administer a sigh-inducing hand massage and remove any stubborn finger puppets. Skilled as they are, staff members don't hoard their beauty secrets. Courses in brow threading, for instance, provide clients with skills, a take-home kit, and a certificate.
At Optimum Beauty Works, or OBW, stylist Deborah Ivory works hard to enrich women's lives by boosting their confidence through a variety of salon services. Along with styling, relaxers, and shampoos, Deborah uses a weaving system to extend hair without using glue or attachments. When clients sit in Deborah's chair, she looks to improve every aspect of their lives, as when she joined a state-wide program to educate clients on ways to prevent kidney disease by incorporating healthy habits into their daily routines.