Led by seasoned hatha yoga practitioner Valerie Rushmere, Studio 1831 immerses guests in an environment focused on fitness and spiritual health. Also a master belly dancer who performs under the stage name Valarina, Rushmere leads classes that cover the beguilingly, sinuous shimmies of Egyptian and cabaret-style belly dance as well as friendly, open yoga sessions. In addition to classes, Studio 1831 offers Art of Burlesque girls' nights out, wherein groups of up to 20 learn exotic dance moves.
More than three decades ago, Pearl Bailey-Anderson started styling hair in her home, and it wasn't long before two experienced beauticians?her grandmothers?convinced her it was time to open her own salon. The masterminds behind La Pearl Beauty Emporium uses their nimble fingers to shape braids, locs, and twists, and uses proteins, moisturizers, and oils to condition and smooth hair. Chic cuts and full and partial weaves let patrons go as cropped or long as they want to. La Pearl also staffs a certified hair loss professional and trichologist that offers free microscopic hair and scalp analysis.
Ever since she first braided her sisters' hair at the age of 8, Cortney V has had a passion for cosmetology and a thirst for learning new techniques. Through her services, she strives to share her gifts with others through a wide array of natural haircare services. Beyond standard cuts and conditioning treatments, Cortney can completely transform looks, whether by sewing in weaves, braiding hard-to-manage locks, or adding a bold layer of color to hair.
Jean Madeline Aveda Institute beautifies hair and bodies with a wide array of pampering services while preparing tomorrow's stylists to forge the fashion frontier. Wielding an arsenal of contemporary knowledge and organic Aveda products, these well-educated cosmetologists-in-training can sculpt over-tussled manes into timeless coiffeurs ($16) or snip a couple inches off to avoid sweeping stray candy wrappers across the floor with every step ($12). An aromatherapy wrap can relax away inner city stressors by massaging in a choice of scented oils ($35). Those whose facial planes have dulled with the sandpapering of time will enjoy the customized facial, where a torso massage is combined with a mix of products to treat specific skin types until countenances are as radiant as a cherub in a spotlight ($33). Jean Madeline Aveda Institute also offers waxing services to lay bare lips ($8), brows ($11), underarms ($20), dorsal fins, and more.
Aiming to help clients harken back to the days before damaged, over-process hair was the norm, the stylists at Natural Root Salon work with each visitor to achieve a naturally beautiful look. Using vegan products that are free of sulfates, harsh chemicals, and meat, strands undergo a variety of services ranging from basic trims to restorative deep-conditioning treatments. Of course, they also understand that the natural look isn't to everyone's taste–-which is why the stylists have kept up-to-date on all the latest hair taming methods, including relaxer treatments, skin weft hair extensions, and lace wig services.
Not content to just shorten or shape hair, Salon Elevations' stylists also work to address hair loss in both women and men. In addition to familiar cuts and coloring treatments, they also help to thicken heads of hair with full-cap hairpieces, hair-thickening fibers, and laser hair therapy. Extensions also fill in gaps with Indian remy hair that can remain firmly rooted for up to four months, much like the leafy toupees worn by most giant sequoias.