Fashion-forward Ola Hawatmeh knows the balancing act that comes with working and motherhood. Over the years, she found the perfect formula to raising children, holding down a job, and looking good. At Mom Me Makeover, she builds other mothers’ confidence with makeovers. Packages can include a new hairstyle from a Beverly Hills stylist, makeup application, relaxing massage, personal shopper, and personal trainer—all with Ola’s stamp of approval.
Seeing the positive changes in the women she has helped over the years pushed Ola to start a nonprofit called Makeover for a Cause. With the charity, she bestows her expertise upon cancer victims and homeless, battered, and sheltered women. She also runs Styles by Ola, where she produces fashion shows and creates new clothing lines.
At ColorFX, skilled stylists and aestheticians execute a slew of services with a special focus on color and color correction, earning themselves a nomination for Alive magazine's Best Salon award. The friendly staff also treats feet to pedicures and hands to a variety of manicures, including hot-oil manicures, and nail art. To keep up on the latest trends and to prevent hair from devouring clients à la Cousin Itt of the Addams Family, the experienced stylists participate in continuous training and education.
The stylists at Matthew Robert Color + Design begin each visit with a consultation in order to create an accurate CAD blueprint of a hair design that works with your face shape, lifestyle, and personal requests while still being structurally sound enough to weather earthquakes. Once they've sculpted your disheveled noodle nest into a magnificent mane, they'll give you a styling lesson so that you can recreate the new 'do at home without having to install a height-adjustable salon chair. Next, a custom-blended Powerdose deep-conditioning treatment will airlift heavy buildup from each follicle, add volume to quiet locks, and amp up highlights and lowlights. This process will prepare locks for your choice of a shine-enhancing color treatment, feature highlights, or a single-process color.
Haircuts don't have to be a bore. At The Guys Hair Shop, clients can manhandle a TV remote while watching modern sports games or Jeopardy! lightning rounds. The stylists in the shop pamper dudes without resorting to unnecessary froufrou, instead reaching for straightforward, stainless-steel shears and steamed towels. Though they generally focus on haircuts for men of all ages, the staff also enacts a few other grooming services, including hair coloring and beard trimming. They use high-end products from brands such as Crew, Tea Tree by Paul Mitchell, and Nioxin, which envelop the skin in warm embraces that are more pleasant than hugging a fireplace. Within the salon, gleaming wood floors span the salon’s sparkling surroundings, which host vivid signage, plush red furnishings, and a vintage Coke machine.:m]]
While most 23-year-olds were trying to figure out their career path, Angelo was busy opening his own salon. And three expansions and more than two decades later, he's still at it. Each day he works with his team of talented stylists and aestheticians to accomplish the goal he laid out in 1991: to create a one-stop beauty shop where clients could get all of their aesthetic needs met. To that end, Angelo employs nail artists who pamper the digits of patrons waiting for hair colour treatments to finish processing, as well as aestheticians who dole out rose, mud, or chocolate baths that can be paired with massages, skin treatments, or giant chocolate duckies.
During more than a quarter century at the helm of LookAfter Hair Company, Peter Hall has seen the styling industry gradually split in two directions—toward the high-end salon and toward the in-and-out fast cut place. With LookAfter, Peter decided to close that gap. There, guests can get premium salon services on a walk-in basis and haircuts from stylists who will gladly slow down for careful consultations instead of racing through trims with stopwatches in their hands. The name LookAfter is meant to reflect this blend and to demonstrate his vision for a place where the staff stands ready to serve all clients, whether they need keratin treatments, eyebrow waxes, or beard trims. This approach has helped LookAfter grow to more than 40 locations across St. Louis, Kansas City, and central Illinois, and the idea has also led to ongoing community outreach. Stylists have helped raise money for disaster relief, support breast-cancer awareness, and generate funds for veterans’ programs by carrying haircare products from American Warrior.