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.
Celebrity Nails & Spa's expert beauticians primp nails and spruce unruly head nests with pampering salon services. Opt for the first option for a complete finger renovation that gussies up backup toes via an acrylic-nail application. During the 40-minute procedure, a skilled technician applies acrylic material to nail surfaces before affixing shiny new finger helmets firmly in place, capable of resisting breakage and shielding fingertips from nail-nibbling fathers-in-law.
Beauty-industry veteran Brian Hutchinson at Encore Salon conquers the frizz and defiant curls of clients’ unruly locks with conditioning keratin treatments. Protect vulnerable tresses from UV rays, humidity, and smooth-talking hair brushes with a formaldehyde-free GKhair keratin taming treatment, which harnesses the restorative prowess of Juvexin to sculpt smooth, manageable, and watertight ’dos. Strands of all kinds are strengthened from inside out, slashing drying time in half and keeping hair frizz-free and as straight as an oak tree with perfect posture for up to six months.
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.
Since she kicked off her career as a stylist in 2008, Rachel Scott has become known as much for her styling prowess as for setting her clients at ease with her chair-side manner. "They can just come and relax," she says. "I like to think I'm pretty down-to-earth." It?s also a big part of what she loves about working at The Parlor Too: "There's no bickering, no drama," she says. "Everybody loves everybody."
As she chats with clients, she transforms their hair with new cuts, color, or?her personal favorite?skillfully placed foils that add dimension with highlights or lowlights. She also smoothens frizz or unwanted curl with keratin treatments, leaving hair silkier, easier to style, and less likely to burst into flames than alternative kerosene treatments. Although Rachel loves Redken products, she tries new products frequently and pulls her favorite finds into rotation.