Soco Salon and Spa’s stylists, colorists, makeup artists, and aestheticians have some heavy-duty weaponry. Armed with products from Kerastase, L'Oreal Professional, and Vital Therapy, they ably do battle with untamable tresses, blemishes, and muscle knots to render more radiant and relaxed clients.
When Sparrow Stylin? Salon owner Lisa Branham became a certified stylist in 1983, she had a certifiable style of her own?a royal-blue mohawk. Though she?s since swapped her punk-rock coif for pretty blond highlights, she still encourages her team to embrace a diverse and norm-bending approach to styling. In addition to traditional cut and color services, Lisa and her stylists can be found creating special-effects colors, maintaining dreads, snipping away wads of gum, and ornamenting strands with feather extensions. Though often funky, their work can also be elegant, polishing frizzy locks with Brazilian blowouts and building romantic updos for weddings and special occasions.
The onsite spa furthers aesthetic overhauls with an extensive selection of facials and chemical peels. Lactic peels use a milk-based formula to brighten skin, and moisturizing seaweed facials can help clients befriend nearby whales. Clients can also have their nails groomed with Shellac manicures and select aromas of their choice for full-body sugar scrubs.
Top-notch, amazing, and fantastic are just a few words Foundation Hair Studio's zealous clients have used to describe owner and stylist Candace. And it's no wonder as the skilled beautician boasts more than a decade of industry experience and specializations in Ouidad curly hairstyling, Alfaparf and Goldwell coloring, and Hotheads extensions. The studio's other stylists including Heather—a protégé of Candace's—also impart their knowledge of healthy haircare to clients. They update their 'dos with current and classic salon services, from adding length with Babe hair extensions to taming unruly frizz with formaldehyde-free keratin treatments from GKhair, Brazilian Blowout, or Diora.
Although Foundation's garden-level studio rests below the sidewalk’s surface, the interior feels open and bright. Sleek white furnishings at each cutting station glisten beneath crystal chandeliers, and the pale-green hues emanating from barber chairs and life-size trolls loitering by the shampoo bowls add a soft complement to the salon's minimalistic decor.
As a natural-born artist with a passion for drawing and painting, Candace Walker felt that becoming a skincare specialist was a natural choice. She now relies on her keen artistic eye and her extensive training as an aesthetician and massage therapist while she treats clients at Pure Elegance Spa. Her goal is to empower visitors by revealing their skin's naturally youthful radiance. Specialized facial treatments can help cleanse the pores, minimize signs of inflammation, or even target the blemishes commonly associated with aging skin. The spa's microdermabrasion sessions and chemical peels similarly even out the cheekbones' tone and texture while stimulating new cell growth and revealing the healthy skin just beneath the surface. For full-body care, Candace even offers exfoliating salt and sugar scrubs in addition to therapeutic massages, which use various modalities?including everything from Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure to neuromuscular therapy and energy-balancing Reiki techniques?to alleviate mental and physical tension.
The namesake founder of Diana Senova Cosmetics is a make-up artist who draws upon a decade of experience. She specializes in airbrush makeup, dispatching a mist from the nostrils of a small, beautiful dragon she holds. The mist settles in a thin, natural-looking layer and blends realistically with pigment. Her skills are versatile. If a client asks to look like a well-rested version of herself, Diana will make her complexion appear more even and play up the eyes. Clients hoping for something more playful are also covered. For all its natural glowing complexions and lush lashes, Diana's portfolio also features faces festooned with metallic green stripes and hand-painted florals. In 2010, Diana expanded her business to include a proprietary line of cosmetics called DSC.
Kristen started Glam Beauty Lounge for a simple reason: she didn't like her old job. The former corporate-world denizen ditched her career, enrolled in aesthetics school, and quickly parlayed her certification into her very own business. At Glam, her specialty is eyelash extensions: individually applied lashes made from silk or mink. Before every treatment, she helps clients determine their ideal length, curl, and thickness during a consultation. In addition to extensions, she can help accentuate eyes with brow and lash tinting?or winking lessons. For the body, she performs DHA-based spray-tanning and waxing, in addition to skin analysis, relaxing facials, microderm treatments, and chemical peels for great skin health.