Originally an interior designer and color coordinator, Nisha realized she was meant to design hair when her cousin's makeup artist fell ill the day of her wedding and Nisha stepped in to save the day. She already had the fundamentals––her interior design experience taught her to listen to the client, visualize the whole picture, and customize. It's now 20 years since that wedding and Nisha's still at it at Nisha's Salon. She's hand picked a team of aestheticians and stylists, and together they design and color hair in a way that embellishes each client's individual features such as the shape of their face and the color of their eyes. They also offer facials, waxing, and makeup.
Whether they are seeking the drama of a smoky eye or the laid-back look of nude, natural tones, Danielle Tiara's clients can rest assured she'll achieve their desired aesthetic. The makeup artist, who flourished under the tutelage of a celebrity makeup artist, tackles everything from bridal makeup to complex masks for film. She does so with a simple philosophy: beauty resides within everyone, just waiting to be revealed.
America Bradley is a Matrix certified master colorist and precision haircut specialist. At Tuscany Village Salons, she breathes new life into her clients’ style with cuts and coloring services and conditioning treatments that nourish and strengthen damaged strands. The results are healthy, hip hairstyles that frame the face and embellish all of her clients' features, from their skin tone to the eye color of the man hired to hold their prop beauty mark in place.
The stylists at the locally owned SH Salons cut, style, and revitalize coiffures using high-end haircare products from brands such as Shiva, Silkology, and Clio. They also straighten locks by applying keratin treatments and relaxers, forgoing the now-defunct practice of hammering them over an anvil. Dedicated to bringing out clients’ beauty from head to toe, the experienced staff can also apply makeup or polish nails with dazzling hues.
Zen Massage’s friendly licensed therapists knead muscles back into doughy bliss with 80 minutes of connective strokes. Swedish massage is one of the most popular types of knead, stimulating circulation and reducing emotional and physical stress by melting tense muscles like the sun melts scoops of ice cream. Each massage is customized to patient preferences, so therapists can use light, medium, or firm pressure. Hot stones placed along stressed areas allow for the release of deeply buried tension, while aromatherapy uses blended essential oils to calm the senses. At the close of the massage, therapists wrap customers in hot towels, allowing the sultry heat to melt newly-plied muscles into non-hydrogenated muscle butter.
Signature Service: Shampoo and style
Brands Used: Nairobi
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: There is a short wait time.
The sweet irony of becoming a stylist is that no matter how good you are, you can never give yourself a haircut. What do you look for in a stylist when you need a trim?
I look for how healthy their hair is.
What's the biggest mistake you see clients make when they style their hair at home?
Under- and over-processing.
If the apocalypse ever comes, what low-maintenance hairstyle would you recommend for the foraging person on-the-go?
Short, all-natural cut, all-natural curl set, or braids.