Braids swirled into an oversize bun. Sleek, straight hair spilling across the shoulders. Soft, flowing curls spiraling down the back. These are a few of the looks that the stylist at Strickly Fab has mastered. But she doesn't just style hair—she also cuts, conditions, and colors it.
Ken “Hollywood” Berry earned his nickname without working on a single film. Instead, the head barber at The Natural MoJo Hair Spa got his moniker by trimming celebrities’ hair. As the former personal barber and basketball shaver for the LA Lakers, he has styled Kobe Bryant and other NBA stars; he’s even cut the hair of hip-hop legend Nas. At his barbershop and salon, which specializes in natural styles for African-American hair, Berry and his team work with both men and women. For the latter, they can create locs, bantu knots, braids, and curls.
Hair comes in many textures, but the well-versed stylists of Express Cuts Plus can handle them all. Simple trims can evict stray hairs, or relaxers tame tangle-prone locks for sleek looks and easy manageability. The versatile team can also lock-in tight braids, lengthen strands with extensions, or install a fancy updo for a special occasion or a phone call with the mayor.
Nail artisans at Art's Nails and Orchid Nails lavish attention on fingers and toes by filing and polishing their keratinous ornaments in indulgent mani-pedis. In the regular mani-pedi, deft fingers buff nail surfaces until they gleam; the deluxe digit makeover adds a sea-salt scrub that pampers skin like the warm caress of a friendly anemone, as well as a paraffin dunking that grants skin silky smoothness and a callus treatment that transforms hardened soles into attractive foot pillows. While reclining in the comfort of the salon's cozy pedicure chairs, relaxed guests can rest assured that their fingers and toes will be kept dexterous enough to thumb wrestle a stenographer. For an additional $15, customers may upgrade to gel nails with either option.
The stylists at Imani's Too Hair & More specialize in African American hair, treating natural hair to silk presses or producing lasting results with chemical relaxers. Sew-in weave and coloring are also house specialties, along with flattering updos for women of all ages. Clients can round out their looks with eyebrow and eyelash treatments.
Over her 12-year career, Sheana Francis has amassed a bounty of skill in beautifying hands and feet with luxurious manicures and pedicures. After she performs the refining and softening steps of each of her treatments, customers can opt to go one of two ways. They can keep things natural with a plain buff and shine, a radiant application of CND nail polish, or a solid or patterned Minx overlay. For a more dramatic effect, guests can go for Bio Sculpture gel nails, which add elegant length while strengthening the natural nail and striking fear into nearby chalkboards. Sheana also calls on Beauticontrol formulas for a range of skincare services, and travels to homes to perform mobile spa parties.