For the clients at Wavelengths, waiting is almost as fun as the appointments themselves. Lounging on the plush lime-green couches in the waiting area gives them a prime spot for surveying the bustling salon, where stylists effortlessly carve fashionable 'dos and split ends cascade to the glossy black floor. The stylists may make it look easy, but theirs is a deftness that only comes through diligent training—staff members have spent stints studying at an Aveda Institute in New York, Washington, DC, or Minneapolis. As the stylists scrutinize angles and consider bone structure, clients smile at themselves in the mirrors or gaze at turquoise walls that are cut away to reveal the orange bricks and pocket universes hiding underneath.
At Salon Povera, a haircut is more than just a haircut?it's an experience. And it all starts with an open conversation, during which the stylist helps you determine an ideal look based on your face shape and hair texture, among other factors. Once a plan is in place, the pampering begins with an aromatherapy shampoo, head massage, and warm towels. Then comes the actual haircut, but it doesn't have to stop there. Every stylist at Salon Povera is a certified color expert, meaning that they are more than happy to add a dose of vivid color to cap off your treatment. While this coloring magic happens, enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee or work on perfecting the foreign accent that best fits your new identity.
A platform artist recognized across the country, Shakira V. Clark totes her talent and tools around the globe to craft dynamic looks in various trade shows and publications as well as for celebrity clientele. Shakira takes an approach to styling that treats hair as a work of art, adding colors and extensions or shearing off split ends to create unique, fashion-forward looks for each of her clients. As an educator for several different companies, she helps other stylists develop a deeper knowledge of products and trends that can be used to realize a client's dream look or the bed head a client had when they dreamed up their dream look.
Kate Gunther and William McBroom, the duo behind Grapevine Hair Studio, work with a wide range of clients, including men, women, and children, and treat them all as individuals. The stylists offer bold purple highlights and edgy cuts for those looking for a new look, but they can also trim split ends and touch up natural color for those who want to maintain their current styles. They moisturize curly locks with Davines conditioners and offer flat-iron styling to keep hair straighter than the lines in an award-winning geometry book. And for those looking to change the texture of their manes, Kate and William offer Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatments.
Rasheeda K. Stafford, the owner and lead stylist at Symphony Hair Designs, specializes in natural haircare and blowouts for locks of all textures. Her 18 years of industry experience includes numerous certifications, the culmination of which is her ability to revive hair no matter whether it has lost some luster or grown its own ponytail in rebellion. Take, for instance, her shea-butter and hot-oil treatment and multiplex reparative treatment, both of which can add volume and texture. Rasheeda and her team also offer natural twists, braids, sew-ins, and extensions, plus cuts and hair coloring.
Clients of The Beautee Cafe can have two things attended to: their hair and their muscles. Owner LaTausha Little is a licensed massage therapist, and can appease achy muscles with one of four massage modalities, including deep tissue and prenatal. Treatments can be upgraded with add-ons such as a foot scrub or hot stones. In the salon, co-owner Dorothea Howell and stylists attend to hair in almost every possible way: removing excess fuzz from brows, adding fringe to lashes, and styling both natural and chemically treated hair.