After a life-changing journey of healing and personal transformation, LeAlda Dawson decided to pay it forward. She opened a Desire-branded salon and spa and assembled a deft team of beauty specialists to help people feel good. Master stylist and cosmetology instructor Valerie Christie performs cuts, color services, and straightening treatments, and keeps the crew current on industry trends with technical educational classes. Licensed aesthetician Linda Young holds certificates in microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and Dinair airbrush makeup application. Licensed massage therapist Alan Assaad eases stress and tension with modalities ranging from deep tissue to shiatsu.
The crew pampers guests with complimentary bottled water, wine, coffee, or tea. Wireless Internet sits invisibly alongside a selection of current magazines and books. Cheerfully lime-green walls surround an abundance of green plants and marble-like floors reminiscent of the salon where stylists enhanced Julius Caesar's laurel leaf crown with feather extensions.