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.
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.
The cosmetologists at Pro Clips Hair & Beauty Salon refresh noodle-rinds by subjecting dermal debris to a one-hour litany of treatments. During the deep-cleaning facial, technicians scrub façades free of dullness and dead skin cells before a gentle round of extractions expunges pores of burnt-out light bulbs. The facial's namesake treatment then swoops in to thoroughly cleanse the complexion and help prevent future breakouts. Next, visages find nourishment under a specially blended mask, and a hand, scalp, and shoulder massage obliterates below-the-surface tension. Those opting for the herbal facial receive all of the deep-cleaning facial's services in addition to herbal elements that work to clear blemishes and add flavor to face-top hibachi grills.
When hairstylist Shelton Ogle opened his first salon at 21, he quickly realized the secret to maximizing the number of gorgeous haircuts he could render: a well-trained staff. So two years later, he opened his beauty school, Ogle School of Hair, Skin & Nails. Now in its 40th year, the school leverages its accrued experience and knowledge to teach aesthetic arts ranging from skincare to hair coloring. In the school’s salons, students practice on the public, cutting hair into elegant, customized shapes, texturizing strands with relaxers and perms, and highlighting nails with manicures, rather than with rings with built-in strobe lights. A testament to Shelton’s success in building his vision, he was even able to develop a weekly show for PBS about the beauty industry.