Jawhara Sawsan grew up watching her mother—an artist, sculptor, and seamstress—successfully channel her creativity into vivid physical expressions. She set about finding the best medium for her own artistic ideas. Soon, she realized that a simple childhood pastime—braiding her dolls' hair under the instruction of her aunt Cynthia—held a deeper appeal. As an adult, she turned her passion for hair into a career, attending cosmetology school and opening her own salon, populated by a loyal clientele bearing a rich palette of diverse ethnicities and hair types.
In 2010, the big leagues called, and Jawhara answered, becoming Lauryn Hill's personal stylist and following the fashion-forward singer on her winter and summer tours the following year. While the former Fugee’s unique and risky style enabled Jawhara to push the limits of her creativity, she’s just as happy doing what she’s always done: beautifying clients with extensions, weaves, and straightening treatments. Even though her life on the road is over for now, she also refuses to tame her artistic nature, sharing cutting-edge looks through her portfolio and interpretive dances about scissors.
Above a silver front desk, a neon sign glows in Indigo Salon's namesake color, casting its gleam onto wire racks stocked with Bumble and bumble styling products. Black leather salon chairs set the stage for hair makeovers enhanced with smoothing keratin treatments, highlights, or other services.
The stylists and nail technicians at Jun'Nat Salon and Spa pamper skin and hair with a lengthy list of services. Cuts and styles bound toward more adventurous territory with creative color, braiding, or extensions. Aestheticians customize facial treatments for men and women to address complexions stressed with acne or aging and can add additional herbal, or multivitamin properties to facials. To tame errant hairs, aestheticians use threading to naturally and gently shape brow lines, and waxing employs warm wax to remove fuzz on delicate areas such as the bikini line or abs that have had a tough year. With each service, Jun'Nat uses only salon-trusted products such as Aveda, CND nail products, and Repêchage.
Brazilian-trained waxing experts do away with unwanted hair inside Jaira's Waxing Salon. The staff tackles fuzz on men and women in locations such as faces, backs, legs, and livers. The salon pops with decorative touches that include bright red accent walls and zebra-print chairs in black-and-white and red-and-white color combos.
Euro Bronze Tanning gives clients seven paths to golden skin: a Level 1, 2, 3, and 4 horizontal bed, a Level 4 standup bed, a UV-free Mystic Tan machine, and airbrush tanning. The UWE Level 4 bed uses high-pressure facial and shoulder tanners and envelops clients in body mists and aromatherapy. The Supersonic standup booth is ideal for quickly achieving a caramel color as it bronzes in seven minutes. Mystic Tan booths imbue skin with golden hues in only a few seconds. The other UV-free option—airbrush tanning—may take 20 minutes, but it includes a barrier-lotion application plus precise tanning-solution applications to ensure that the airbrush artist coats every square inch and creates a realistic-looking 24-pack.
After the salon where stylist Donna Tomaso worked was shut down, she teamed up with her sister Tracey Basilico to launch Salon 171 on their own. With five members of the old salon staff onboard, Salon 171 opened its doors with an already cohesive team of experienced stylists who had worked together for years.
Today, the stylists at Salon 171 beautify hair through cutting and styling or straightening and smoothing. With both English- and Spanish-speaking stylists, the staff can help mediate between English-speaking clients and their Spanish-speaking hairdos. In a cozy waiting area, clients can lean back on black couches with light-blue pillows that match the salon walls.
For more than 16 years, the staff at Permanent Cosmetic Solutions has resolved aesthetic issues ranging from sparse brows to spider veins. Rough, uneven complexions are left smoother than a freshly frosted slip 'n' slide after a session of microdermabrasion or pixel-laser resurfacing, whereas wrinkles are softened with the help of dermal fillers such as Botox and Restylane. The center's permanent-makeup artists—many of whom have been trained at the Permanent Cosmetic Institute and Tinny Beauty School—apply their knowledge of facial tattooing as they define brows and lips with permanent ink, and customers can feel confident knowing the center boasts membership in both the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals and the American Academy of Micropigmentation.