Helping their clients have healthy hair is the number one concern at Milly's Dominican Hair Salon, but their team of Dominican hairstylists are most fluent in revitalizing Latin American and African American hair. They do this with an array of deep conditioners blended with aloe, cocoa, and garlic that aim to naturally hydrate and smooth rebellious locks. Alternately, they bestow easy-to-maintain hairstyles with formaldehyde-free keratin treatments, hair extensions, and styling techniques tailored to natural or steamed permed hair. Milly’s team aims to ensure that clients can maintain their new ‘dos at home by providing them with pro tips and tricks and by pointing them in the direction of the Inova, Baba de Caracol, Morrocanoil, and Aloxxi products that retail in their salon.
After years of working as a personal stylist for major brands like Banana Republic, Sharon Broxton's passion shifted from fashion to hair. So, she started at the beginning: she worked at the front end of a salon for a year, and then embarked on a two-year apprenticeship. These days, she showcases her styling expertise at Painted Strands, where she updates 'dos with meticulous trims and straightens curly hair with silk presses. Highlights, glazes, and single-process treatments lend eye-catching color to her clients' locks, and her color extensions are a far better alternative to crayons twisted into French braids.
True to its name, Weaves For Forty is a salon that specializes in all-natural weaves at a range of wallet-friendly price points. It's owned by Cookie Crawley, who opened the studio 20 years ago. Crawley keeps her shelves stocked with virgin-grade locks culled from Brazil. Through relaxers and weaves applied by expert stylists, coifs become longer and lusher.
Salon owner Sunshine treats her clients’ locks as though they are the most delicate things in the world. To that end, she uses Joico and KeraCare products to perform a diverse slate of services, including haircuts, wash and presses, locs, twists, and relaxers. Because she focuses on growing healthy hair, Sunshine also feeds strands with conditioner combos that include proteins, oils, herbs, and nutrients—which can be paired with steam hydration for optimal conditioning.
In 1990, while still in college, Sherita Cherry started her hair care career as a shampoo girl. What began as a part-time job soon became a full-time passion: she refined her styling skills, racked up hair competitions victories around the world, and, eventually, opened her own salon, Genesis Hair Art, specializing in corrective color and gray coverage.
Sherita Cherry—a National Color Educator for Paul Mitchell—and her stylists conduct soothing shampoos at the quiet Lather Lounge, offering optional add-ons such as scalp massages with heated conditioner. Afterward, they customize looks according to each client's face shape, hair color, and favorite Jacobean neck ruff. Of course, that shade can change at Genesis's Color Bar, where color specialists brighten or darken locks with personalized hues made from Paul Mitchell colors. To help customers maintain their looks after appointments, Genesis Hair Art stocks top-line hair products by Paul Mitchell, Kera-Care, and PhytoSpecific.
Natural hair finds its perfect style at Lavish Hair Spa, which twists strands into zulu knots, coils, or straightens them with a ceramic fusion silk press. At this Paul Mitchell Signature Salon, stylists keep hair hydrated and healthy with newfound color and sheen with products from Paul Mitchell to Kera Care Naturals to Design Essentials Naturals and Jane Carter Solutions to Miss Jessie's. Stylists also use house-brand straightener Silk Out, which is composed of organic ingredients. At its Browz Waxing Bar station, the salon also removes unwanted hair from eyebrows, underarms, and legs.