Hairstylist Courtny Ellis’s 26 years of experience have helped him hone his ability to find a flattering cut and color for any client’s face shape and skin tone. The Redken–approved stylist works out of a salon drenched in natural sunlight, which provides the ideal lighting to see the depth of fresh highlights or to help hair to sprout flowery blooms at its ends. In addition to traditional cut and color services, Courtny also alters hair's texture with deep-conditioning treatments.
Past the lush white curtains guarding The Chic Nail Boutique’s storefront window, passersby glimpse a salon space enlivened by black-and-white prints and streaked by sunlight from large windows. Inside, services range from traditional mani-pedis to a signature herbal pedicure that includes an exfoliating sea-salt scrub infused with natural butters and essential oils of lemon, ginger, and peppermint. Acrylic and gel enhancements are also available, creating durable nails able to withstand even the sassiest finger-wags.
The light of the television set filled the room with a soft glow, and the voice of one of MTV's next big starlets harmonized with a background synthesizer and drifted out of the speakers. Sitting in front of the TV in one of her mother's dresses and with her mother's makeup in hand, a young Rachel Langford tried to emulate the looks of her favorite icons. This was a regular sight in her house, and her love affair with the glamorous and beautiful led Rachel's mom to nickname her "Glamour Child." Throughout her life, Rachel has lived up to the moniker. Beginning with a course on manicures in 1999 and continuing with courses in facials and makeup application in 2003, Rachel followed her passion and founded RaDiant Nails & Skin Studio / MakeUp By Rachel to showcase her newly acquired skill set. Today, Rachel perfects her craft in her salon, where she has assembled a team of talented manicurists and makeup artists to help each of her clients to look their best for special events. Specializing in bridal treatments and 12 nail services, Rachel can prepare each bride for her big day by dishing personalized beauty advice and tattooing fingernails with the groom's name in case she forgets. Rachel's makeup services have been used by the likes of Mike Epps in preparation for TV commercials.
Amidst bright indigo walls and colorful accents at the sleek Dime piece Styles & Cutz, Peggy Warfield joins the symphony of stylists and nail techs gussying up appearances. In addition to transforming hair into fresh new 'dos, she puts the finishing touches on revamped looks with manicures and spa pedicures that are more indulgent than letting your dog read your private e-mails.
Nicknamed Dr. Dre, the lead barber at Hair Repair considers himself a trendsetter. He specializes in unique fades, trimming swirled and sometimes colorful designs that reflect the personalities of his clients. His talents extend to kids' cuts, as well as to hot-towel shaves and eyebrow arching—a must for any professional skeptic.
Based out of Characterz Hair Design, VCStyles's resident cosmetologist caters to all types of hair when administering expert cuts and straightening treatments from brands such as Brazilian Blowout and Design Essentials. Clients emerge with new looks courtesy of everything from relaxers and dry cuts to locs and updos, all of which can be paired with facial-waxing treatments.