The staff at Organic Strands Salon have snipped many different forms of hair—from the luxurious locks of glamorous models to the frizzy braids of busy moms. Each member brings versatility and years of experience to space, where they work as both expert stylists and makeup artists.
With shears and top hair-care products in hand, the stylists get to work as clients recline on cushy black styling chairs and bask in the natural sunlight reflecting off of the lime-green walls and soft purple curtains. As guests kick back, stylists can do everything from cuts and colors to frizz-taming treatments performed with hand-blended conditioners or luxurious mixtures of organic oil and avocado. They can even perform deep-follicle exfoliations. They're also particularly talented when it comes to hair extensions, artfully adding length and volume to locks with weaves and sew-ins. Additionally, the specialists offer makeup services, which are ideal for a bride on her big day or a vampire who just wants to fit in. Regardless of the service they perform, though, the staffers always provide clients with initial consultations and tips on maintaining their new looks at home.
Helping their clients have healthy hair is the number one concern at Milly's Dominican Hair Salon, but their team of Dominican hairstylists are most fluent in revitalizing Latin American and African American hair. They do this with an array of deep conditioners blended with aloe, cocoa, and garlic that aim to naturally hydrate and smooth rebellious locks. Alternately, they bestow easy-to-maintain hairstyles with formaldehyde-free keratin treatments, hair extensions, and styling techniques tailored to natural or steamed permed hair. Milly’s team aims to ensure that clients can maintain their new ‘dos at home by providing them with pro tips and tricks and by pointing them in the direction of the Inova, Baba de Caracol, Morrocanoil, and Aloxxi products that retail in their salon.
Black, white, and gray tiles zigzag behind the shampoo station at Nuvo Salon—they speak to the color scheme of the rest of the interior, from a gray floor and a black ceiling to the glass shelf-flecked white walls. The professional staff that calls this elegant location home invites clients into black, cube-patterned leather salon chairs for decadent hair care services. Stylists commit themselves to updating their skills in order to stay at the forefront of current trends. Along with free consultations, the team presents products from Moroccanoil and Aveda, a fully stocked refreshment bar, and free WiFi—which stands for wireless fishing, aka, achieving the impossible.
In her 10 years of working in the beauty industry, Angelina Torrence has used her keen eye to impart stylish touches to wardrobes, special occasion makeovers, and skincare. But the Chicagoan's specialty has always been her work with hair, especially natural hair. She can add extra oomph to curls with strawset treatments and dreadlock maintenance, and keep hair smooth and silky using permanent relaxers. No matter its texture, she can give hair a touch of color. She can even incorporate multiple hues for a hair color as deep and complicated as the maze hidden underneath that well.
The sound scissors make as they slowly but confidently close over a thatch of hair is as comforting to Brandy Wyrick as a child’s security blanket. She first heard that sound at a young age as her mother ran the gleaming edges through clients’ manes in her salon. Brandy spent weekends playing with mannequin heads as a child, later graduating to real heads at Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy. Today, she recreates those same snipping sounds inside Hair By The Square and during any open mic event she comes across.
If the palm tree bearing Christmas lights speaks to Skin Image Spa’s whimsical style, the translucent drapes, abundant throw pillows, and overflowing tablecloths reflect its serenity. These two facets of the spa's mission—creativity and relaxation—are further exemplified in its ergonomic salon chairs, where stylists infuse flair in the form of designer cuts, color services, and extensions. Farther inside, staffers escort guests down other avenues of beauty and relaxation with facials, massages, and mani-pedis.