At 8 years old, Rashada Siojo began twisting tresses into updos and swiping shadow over her friends' eyelids. As an adult, she retained her passion for beauty, eventually opening Siojo Salon, an 1,800-square-foot converted art-gallery space that holds myriad unique touches, including a hand-painted floor, pedicure showers, and an outdoor waiting garden.
Diverse styling tools merge natural beauty elements with modern technology and style, from boar's-hair brushes to state-of-the-art infrared steamers from Japan. Hair owners with overly dry or sarcastic locks can opt for custom hair treatments, such as a banana-leaf protein mask that works to repair damaged strands. The salon's emphasis on organic products and innovative tools sets it apart from lazy salons whose only natural touches are pinecone hairbrushes.