Stylist Karen Gary specializes in natural hair, but her expertise didn't come to her overnight. Karen was getting better and better at shaving close crops, she recalls, "but when clients wanted to grow their hair long, [I] came up short." Strands became brittle from overzealous processing, and they would often snap off between appointments. The problem was Karen's salon products, which seemed designed to test hair's limits at the expense of its health.
And so, Karen learned to change her ways. She focused her attention on more natural processing methods, expanding her education until she became an expert in healthy, natural hair. Today, she's happy to share that expertise with others during styling sessions and complimentary workshops. Stop in for a shampoo or a style, and you'll see firsthand how Karen has transformed Synergi Salon into a temple of natural hair by banning harmful chemicals and dark spells from her treatments.
After serving his country in the US Army, veteran Keith L. Wilson focused his energy on his second passion: cutting hair. At his eponymous barbershop, Keith channels the spirit of old-school hair-cutters, grooming 'dos with several classic styles and delicately trimming beards. To remove facial hair all together he relies on old-fashioned straight razor shaves, complete with hot lather and steam towels. For promoting hair growth, on the other hand, Keith and his fellow barbers use Nioxin products, designed specifically for thinning locks. Besides discounts for his fellow military personnel, Keith offers complimentary grooming to individuals currently homeless or living in poverty.
The Blowout Boutique specializes in three services, each of which is designed to give clients a runway-worthy look that is still suitable for everyday life. During blowouts, the blowout specialists use virtually every tool at their disposal as they tame wayward strands, add volume, and create an eye-catching new hairdo. Keratin-smoothing treatments with Peter Coppola products target signs of frizz and leave the locks looking sleek, healthy, and as strong as the twine used to support the Golden Gate Bridge. Additionally, The Blowout Boutique offers on-the-go makeup services with Ava cosmetics for guests seeking a professionally guided touch-up to look picture perfect for a bachelorette party, prom, or field trip to the zoo.
Each of the professionals at Creative Beauty Salon boasts her own range of specialties. Two members of the team are particularly adept at sew-in extensions and hair weaving, and all of the stylists are well prepared to handle the needs of natural hair. An in-salon color-and-highlight specialist can also shift roles to smooth skin with facial waxing, and a nail technician focuses solely on keratin residing below the neck, enhancing nails' natural beauty with mani-pedis, acrylic nails, and nail design. They can also impart beauty tips during makeup applications and can easily tend to the beauty needs of larger groups such as wedding parties or competitive conga-liners.
No head of hair is the same to the stylists at Naama Salon & Day Spa—each requires its own customized treatment. For women, those range from perms and cropped cuts to designs inspired by rock star mohawks. Even more complicated 'dos, like dreadlocks, are fair game to the Naama team, which can deftly re-twist or restyle dreads. Using L'anza Healing Haircare products, stylists can also brighten hair with highlights and color or soften tresses with L'anza's customized five-step deep-conditioning treatment. Besides haircare, the Naama team specializes in removing unwanted hair with waxing or rejuvenating skin with exfoliating peels, including Vitamin C and pumpkin varieties.
Crystal Bramer started her career early, taking cosmetology classes during high school. After graduating with honors, she sharpened her skills at two salons before striking out on her own. Now she pours more than a decade of experience into each mane and enlists the help of products such as CHI, Joico, and American Crew. Crystal specializes in coloring and Cinderella hair extensions, but her menu also includes cuts, keratin treatments, and perms. When she isn't shaping brows or twisting tendrils into formal updos, she attends classes and hair shows to stay current on latest trends.