Natural light pours through Textures Hair Salon’s large front windows, illuminating polished wood floors and buttery yellow walls. It's amid these cozy accents that owner Patricia Lindsay and her team do their work. Not only do they transform locks with high-end products by KeraCare, Mizani, and Design Essentials, but they also apply clip-in and strand-by-strand fusion weaves, create micro braids, and add highlights so people know which parts of your head are worth reading. Though the salon specializes in ethnic hair, the staff is adept at handling strands of all textures and thickness.
Seven days a week, Reem executes precise men's and kids' haircuts at Platinum Barber Shop. He offers clients a range of popular styles, including fades, mohawks, and tapers. He also shaves heads bald and carefully sculpts hair into eye-catching designs, such as stars and city skylines.
Faith Montague's passion for styling hair started at a young age. She started practicing on herself and her family, determined to master caring for natural African American hair. After a nine-year hiatus from styling to serve in the Army, Faith created Candid You in order to showcase her 14 years of experience in haircare. With specialties in braiding, and protective styling, she also offers Sisterlocks, a gentle, chemical-free technique that uses the natural textures of African American hair to create flowing locks.
One step into Timothy’s Salon & Spa (formerly Happy Feet), and it's immediately clear that it's a place of relaxation. Herbal fragrances fill the space and low lighting shades the minimalist decor. Soft music plays in a few different styles. It's an easy setting in which to feel relaxed and sets the stage for the reflexology treatments Timothy’s is known for.
But the massage practitioners here have talents that go well beyond toes and soles. Many of their services combine signature reflexology with other techniques, including shiatsu for the shoulders and neck. Or they can focus entirely on Swedish and deep-tissue massages or other custom kneads. Beyond providing that kind of internal bliss, aesthetics are a priority here too, with stylists who add value to any spa day with haircuts and aestheticians who apply permanent makeup and eyelash extensions.
For mother-daughter team Margarita Soto and Isabel Osorio, establishing Isabella Hair, Nails & Spa has been their chance to create a tranquil haven for women, men, and kids to escape the chaos of the outside world. The gold color scheme that runs throughout the beauty shop sets customers at ease as a diverse staff of local and international stylists—Columbia-native Margarita boasts more than 25 years of beauty experience—keep hair stylish with roller sets, color treatments, and precision cuts, and aestheticians coax out the radiant glow of each client's complexion with fruit- and multivitamin-infused facials. To further relax patrons, the salon also offers tension-dissolving massages.
The stylists at Studio 355 Hair & Day Spa believe cutting hair is like sculpting, and it shows. Giving careful though to elements such as angle, weight, and movement, their final haircuts flatter clients' face shapes, and never look heavy—even when enhanced with natural-looking extensions. To stay at the forefront of cutting edge hair trends, the team attends regular seminars around the world and the stylists regularly show off their mane-shearing chops at hair-cutting competitions such as the Intercoiffure.
The same artistry shines through in Studio 355's spa services, which range from correcting Cosmedix peels to aromatherapy massages. To leave hands and feet looking their best, they also dole out pedicures enhanced with herbs like organic ginger or jasmine, and perform precise manicures, that never involve shooting at polish hands with a paintball gun.