Sonya Fletcher's career started in an unlikely place: her neighbor's scalp. While growing up, Fletcher tended to the hair of neighbors and her own mother, beginning a lifelong love for styling and cosmetology that led her to open Sonya Michelle Hair Spa. Her expertise in braiding, twisting, and weaving keeps her nimble fingers in high demand, but that's not all the salon offers its clients. The service menu also includes moisturizing treatments for curly, kinky, and wavy hair that can be prone to dryness, as well as keratin treatments that imbue locks with smoothness, shine, and the ambition to audition for shampoo commercials. Clients can also come in for color services that can transform looks with vibrant hues.
Signature Service: Natural hair, cuts, styles and color
Brands Used: Wella, Alter Ego, Kenra, Nairobi
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Good for Kids: Yes
Pro Tip: Warm, friendly environment; semi-private suites.
The all-natural Hannah’s Hair and Nail Studio specializes in weaves and relaxer treatments. But they also offer a wide range of salon services, from hair enhancements and braids to manicures and keratin treatments. Talented aestheticians work with each client to achieve their individual beauty goals.
Certain hairstyles look good on certain facial shapes. When a client asks for a haircut you know will be a mismatch for them, how do you handle it?
I suggest a different style that is suitable.
Fashionable hairstyles are constantly changing. How do you keep up-to-date on popular trends?
I go to hair shows, take classes, and watch YouTube.
What's the biggest mistake you see clients make when they style their hair at home?
They use too much heat.
Led by senior stylist and owner Liz Sarvinas, the expert team at Hair by Ell gives hair a fresh start with Paul Mitchell, It's a 10, and Joico products during haircuts and deep conditionings. After a stylist seats a client before his or her own personal, triangular haircutting station, the two work together to pick a fitting style, working through options such as ombre coloring, asymmetrical bangs, or a perfect cowlick. Once hair is shed of split ends and extra weight, clients can choose to add body with extensions or depth with highlights or a perm.
At Lloyd's Beauty Salon, total transformation is possible. Sure, the stylists can perform a simple trim or cut coifs for men, but they can get imaginative with relaxers, permanent waves, a range of weave extensions. To support hair health, clients can opt for argan hot oil applications or protein treatments. Kids can update looks with cornrows or pin-ups, just in time for their first interview at the lemonade stand.