Satori means sudden enlightenment, and at Satori Salon that moment comes when stylists spin clients around to face the mirror and a brand new cut and color are revealed. Inside this Washington Avenue salon in the Heights, dark bamboo paneling and wooden Buddhas create a Zen-like feeling. The Satori experience isn’t just about getting a haircut; it’s about creating the perfect hair design in a lush atmosphere. The designers here are all established stylists, and many have master-level color training and experience working on photo shoots and runway shows. A great hairstyle might not lead to sudden enlightenment, but it can definitely be a great surprise during the big reveal.
Transformations to hair are only limited to the imagination at Innovative Looks. Subtle gradients of blue and candy-apple red adorn tresses with watercolor-like simplicity, while rainbow-dyed locks mean clients no longer have to bring a raincloud and a sunbeam with them everywhere they go. Hair imparts a sharper look when snipped into a sleek a-line, and keratin treatments provide long-lasting smoothness without the frizz.
Though he's a third-generation stylist, Andre' Deleon Williams didn't hear his calling until he cut a Navy shipmate's hair. That's when it clicked, and he's been styling hair ever since. His clients would agree that he, along with his staff, are in the right business. "I've been a loyal client for years," says one. Another says, "These people really know what they're doing. I've found my favorite stylist and I can't imagine going to anyone else."
Williams and his staff prove their expertise during services that run the gamut from children's cuts to men's mustache trims. They also add dimension to hair with sun-kissed highlights, make 'dos more manageable with relaxers, and add length with extensions, rather than tugging on strands while making a wish. They can also rid clients of unwanted facial hair with waxing services and enhance their facial features with makeup applications.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are a multi-cultural salon that is up-to-date on the current trends. Each stylist is educated to meet the needs of our ever-growing clientele. We don't just provide a service, we educate our clients on how to care for their hair away from the salon.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I love to see people smile. I wanted to impact people's lives in a more intimate way. By running this business, I am able to put the clients needs first and impact them in a way very few can. Improving the way people see themselves and feel about themselves is motivation enough.
What do you love most about your job?
I love when I finish a client and turn them around to the mirror, and they smile. That really makes my day.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
I love the husbands that call and say "Thank You for making my wife beautiful!"
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