To fulfill her mission of physically and spiritually transforming the individuals in her community, licensed massage therapist Sarah Cheiky transformed a high-ceilinged warehouse space into a health-and-wellness oasis. She and her staff splashed the rooms with sunny shades of yellow and orange, hung artwork from local artists on the walls, and warmed the floors with intricate rugs, successfully creating the holistic haven known as The Studio. Within this cozy domain, the team leads a variety of restorative sessions that focus on whole-body wellness, including yoga classes taught by certified instructors, massage sessions performed by licensed therapists, and traditional energy work to keep chi in check and life force from accidentally turning into magnetic force. Clients put aside the dowsing rod to seek their center during guided meditation classes, and footbaths and infrared saunas draw out toxins from all areas of the body. After emerging from private treatment rooms, clients can refresh themselves in the showers and don superhero costumes in the changing rooms before returning to the real world.
Master-level barbers and cosmetologists at Strictly Styles and Profiles style natural hair or smooth strands with relaxers and hot oil. In addition to men's and women's haircuts and colors, the stylists also add weaves, set hair, and remove braids. Away from the styling stations, nail technicians apply chip-resistant Shellac to fingers and toes and soften calluses during spa pedicures.
Recently named one of Elle magazine's top 100 salons, The Studio snips, colors, and styles locks into top form seven days a week. Trained hairsmiths harness the power of Paul Mitchell products to cut and finish manes ($25+ for men, $35+ for women) and shear teens' tresses ($15+ for boys, $20+ for girls) into styles ideal for impressing the football team or interpretive head-banging club. Tightly wound curls leave their troubles behind with a relaxer treatment ($75+), and head threads seeking a new hue will enjoy a complimentary 15-minute consultation, followed by a single-process color ($60+) or full highlight treatment ($120+ for 1 color, $10 extra for each additional color). Stylists will also sculpt strands into an up style ($50+), preparing them for a night on the town or a glamorous weekend on the sofa.
Divine Designs owner Walter Allgood aims to empower patrons with a full slate of ego-boosting beautification services. A self-proclaimed “weaveologist,” Walter accentuates clients’ existing tresses with natural-looking add-ins, and master stylist Norman Staton wields his 17 years of experience to snip and style unruly strands. The multitalented staff also bolsters beauty with nail and waxing services.