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.
Michelle Tran opened Michelle Salon & Spa in 1995, and by 2004, she needed to relocate the busy business to keep up with demand. Though she runs a successful business, she still strives to better her skills through continuing education—she’s been trained in lash extensions, OPI nail services, and advanced TCA peels, setting an ambitious example for her team of stylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians. As they cut, style, and color hair, stylists wield Igora, Wella, and other premium products. Nail technicians coat nails in shades of name-brand polishes—including OPI and CND—rather than name-brand crayons. Aestheticians rely on Hungarian-made Éminence Organic Skin Care products to revitalize skin during facials, and the on-staff massage therapist kneads away stress using Swedish, therapeutic, and deep-tissue modalities.
It's safe to say the staff at Figaro Salon & Spa is detail-oriented. They spend their days contemplating the length of a strand of hair, the smooth curve a nail, or the dilation of a pore. Their ranks consist of 19 stylist-colorists—10 of whom boast a master's certification in their skillset—joined by a smattering of aestheticians and manicurists. Together, they remove hair with scissors or lasers, beautify skin with makeup or spa treatments, and massage away tension with skilled kneads. They supplement their services with complimentary coffee, freely-flowing water, and seven deep breaths per visit.
Whether they're creatures of habit, style chameleons, or balding sasquatches, Elisabete Koehler helps a diverse group of clients find their best looks. And she has a large skill set from which to draw. Inside Hair Trendz, she shears flattering layers, coats manes in bold color, and smoothes tresses with keratin treatments or relaxers. In addition, Elisabete offers a variety of hair extensions, including quick weaves, sew-in weaves, and cornrow extensions, as well as coil twists, starter locs, and other natural-hair services.