Chaz Jastes styles hair for the runways these days, but she once focused more on the basketball court. Originally a collegiate basketball player, she decided to put down the ball and try a new career, enrolling in Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School. Since graduating from Paul Mitchell, her work has been showcased at various hair and fashion shows around Cleveland, and she provided assistance at New York Fashion Week in 2011. At The Hair Groupie, she skillfully arranges hair in bold new styles, cuts back overgrown locks, and seamlessly sews hair extensions into natural hair.
At Situations Hair and Nail Studio, a multitalented team applies makeup, extends lashes, and sculpts brows to help beautify clients for special occasions. After the crew has worked its magic, resident stylist Latoya steps up to the styling chair. Latoya frames the artwork produced by her compatriots with curls or straightened locks, both of which can be swiftly enhanced by extensions and sew-ins. She uses natural products as often as possible in order to help clients feel as healthy as their locks. And above everything, she welcomes all manner of customers, describing her salon as a “down-to-earth no-judgment zone.”
Clients walking into La Bella Delle Rose Salon might sense a warm, personal aesthetic shaping the styling studio, even if they don't know that the dark-wood reception desk was hand-built by the owner's father. Sherbet-colored walls backdrop ice-cream-themed decorations, a popcorn machine commingles with the coffeemaker in the waiting area, and a manicure station recalls a fortune-teller's table with its scarlet damask draping. While basking in Pureology hair treatments or being prepped for weddings and other landmark occasions, guests sit beneath studio lighting, which helps them tell stylists apart from IRS agents.
Tell us about your business.
Jackie Rays Studio is a trendy hair and nail studio. The space is set up differently than your traditional salon. In the private studio, you don't have to hear the hustle and bustle of your neighbors and you will receive my undivided attention during your service.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
My signature service would be the OPI gel color manicures. They are two-week, chip-free, and high-shine manicures. The service starts off with a manicure, including cuticle care and nail shaping. Then we begin applying the gel color, which goes on just like a standard polish. Once the gel color is applied, it cures under a light for 30 seconds. After curing the polish, the nails are completely dry to the touch. No worrying about messing up your nails while digging for your keys to leave! The service is finished off with a hand massage.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
As soon as I was old enough to start experimenting with my own hair and nails, I knew this industry would be the perfect fit for me. I love making others feel great about themselves! I love getting to know people. I love that this industry is always changing—there is always something to learn and more knowledge to gain.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a client?
I have had nothing but great reactions to the OPI gel color. My clients are so impressed by the high shine and durability of the product. They are also amazed at the great condition their nails stay in once the product is removed.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Brands Used: Paul Mitchell and OPI
For more than 14 years, Studio Selfish's managing manicurist Katrina has followed her passion for beauty. She spruces up fingers and toes through a variety of manicure services using OPI polishes and no-chip gel coats with glitter. She also prettifies faces with eyelash application, makeup, or waxing services.
At the start of each appointment at SonaLia Hair Salon, the staff consults with their clients to understand exactly what they desire. That way, they know how short to cut hair, what color highlights to use, or if they should wax both the eyebrows and horns on faces. The cheery salon—think bright orange walls and starburst mirrors—also makes room for mani-pedi stations and massage tables for an uber-relaxing experience.