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.
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.
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.
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.
Licensed aesthetician Desta helps clients love their skin and accentuate their natural beauty at Skincare by Desta. Desta soothes guests with services such as spa facials, chemical peels, full-face waxing, and makeup applications. Clients can also come in for an eyelash-tinting session to make lashes look darker without mascara or bask in a a luxurious hot-towel foot-exfoliation treatment, which features a foot massage, scrub, and hot-towel wrap with ultrarich nondairy cream.
The skincare professionals at Sugar Spot know you love your skin, so they cover it in curative botanical mud. During the Moor mud wrap, they smother the body in 100% organic peet-bog mud to remove toxins, tighten the skin, and treat back acne. The staff uses ingredients such as mineral salt to smooth rough areas and lactic acid to soften fine lines. They correct sun spots with a brightening agent, and at the end of conditioning treatments, they apply masks to restore moisture and protect skin from irritants and wild cream pies. They also slough away dead skin cells with chemical peels, which leave a clean surface for glo minerals makeup.