By the age of 5, Leigh Schroer had already developed an interest in hair that later grew into a passion for styling. After attending beauty school, Leigh gained invaluable industry knowledge and learned every possible synonym for "hair" while working as a stylist in area salons. Leigh built Oasis Salon and Spa of Bossier from the ground up in June of 2010 and now oversees the 3,000-square-foot facility and a team of skilled staffers, who she credits for her success. Inside the salon and spa's earth-toned interior, stylists and aestheticians perform haircuts, pedicures, waxing, and other services. As stylists straighten out tresses or soothe skin, they wield brand-name products from lines such as Redken, Image Skincare, and Kenra Professional. Leigh specifically chose to build Oasis Salon and Spa of Bossier somewhere off the beaten path so guests could enjoy a peaceful retreat without hearing cars constantly rushing by or people shouting at each other about stock-car-racing results. Inside the salon and spa's earth-toned interior, stylists and aestheticians perform haircuts, pedicures, waxing, and other services. As stylists straighten out tresses or soothe skin, they wield brand-name products from lines such as L'Oréal Professionnel, Image Skincare, and Kenra Professional. Leigh specifically chose to build Oasis Salon and Spa of Bossier somewhere off the beaten path so guests could enjoy a peaceful retreat without hearing cars constantly rushing by or people shouting at each other about stock-car-racing results.
As a certified cosmetologist with decades of experience and a doctor of naturopathic medicine, Diana Adair makes a strong connection between health and beauty. After graduating from the Vidal Sassoon Academy, becoming a color specialist for Wella International, and serving as the chairman and president of the Louisiana Cosmetology Association, Adair became more and more interested in the physical mechanisms that affect a person's appearance. She authored the book Dare to be Young, The Internal and External Age Reversing Program and developed her own skincare line, D. Adair Cosmetics. The line includes all-natural cleansers, night creams, and her flagship product?the vitamin-rich Dare to be Young lotion with herbal extracts and essential oils. The formula helps tighten pores and enhance the production of collagen and elastin, which can firm skin that has become lax due to aging or repeated skydiving.
Clients may experience the skincare line's anti-aging benefits in person at Griffis & A'Dairs Salon. The salon performs custom haircuts, styling, and color services, as well as waxing, facials, and chemical peels.
At a time when most kids are just excited to be playing outside, Sarah LeMoine was already thinking about her career. "By the time I was 10 years old, I told my mom I wanted to do hair," she remembers. By then she was no stranger to the necessity of salons; her mom got her hair done every eight weeks with the same stylist. "It was like a religion for her," LeMoine jokes.
At The Parlor Too, antique-style furniture allows clients to sit and relax in the reception area, which has the feel of a comfy front porch. LeMoine presides over a station generously stocked with Joico hair products and Wella color. Though she specializes in hair coloring, her true love is boosting her clients' confidence with tailored cuts that can give them a new lease on life or at least an excuse to update their driver's license photo. "It amazes me how much hair can change someone's personality and make them a better person," she says.
Fleur-de-lis accents pop up throughout the sage-green walls of Nola Salon & Tan and punctuate paintings of silhouetted saxophone players against Technicolor backdrops. After checking in at the curved reception desk, waiting clients can stretch out on plush sofas and quickly compose farewell poems to their split ends. Around the salon's perimeter, creamy, shabby-chic wainscoting supports gold-framed mirrors, where clients can watch their transformations as stylists carve and color tresses. UV tanning beds enhance less hirsute zones, waxing sessions remove peach fuzz from catsuits made of peach skin, and manicures add vibrancy to fingertips to boost their visibility when waving to overhead airplanes.
Irene Lewis is a hairstylist working out of the Mane Design. There, her mission is twofold: she breathes new life into her clients' looks with hair-design treatments, while at the same time creating a warm, relaxing experience. Irene offers haircuts for men, women, and children, as well as color treatments and updos. Additionally, she offers keratin treatments and a K-Pak deep-conditioning mask that restores hair's luster and revitalizes locks that are unhealthy or undisciplined.
Red, white, and blue stripes wind around a miniature barber pole by the entryway to Wool-z Cuts. Visitors step through to find barbers and stylists chatting with visitors about potential hairstyles. In addition to stylish women's haircuts and color treatments, the stylists specialize in men's grooming services, such as close shaves, haircuts styled with Crew hair products, and Brawny Man makeovers. And its kid-friendly atmosphere means the whole family is welcome.