Studio 210 Salon founder Sohelia has more than 15 years of experience behind her, but still she shines the spotlight on her coworkers, gushing on the staff page about her salon's "house full of energetic and enthusiastic hair stylists." Her team of makeup artists bring with them their own distinctions, including Catherine, a former model and theatrical costume designer, and Casey, a makeup and hair department head for E! Entertainment. The entire beauty team, working in conjunction with massage expert Kim, devotes themselves to subtle, feature-flattering makeovers or aesthetic overhauls on par with Picasso's shift from his blue period to his burndt-sienna phase.
Behind an exposed brick wall, clients at David Andrew Hair Salon & Skin Care Center perch on black styling chairs as stylists clip their locks. The skilled staff does more than basic haircuts, though; their service menu includes full highlights, deep-conditioning treatments, smoothing keratin treatments, and hair extensions. Equally as skilled are the aestheticians who man the salon’s skincare branch, where clients seek out waxing services, chemical peels, and intricate facials such as the collagen facial, which tightens the skin’s surface to fight the signs of aging.
When stylist Gigi Schools was fresh out of beauty school more than three decades ago, she beautified her clients without the use of keratin, Chi thermal straightening, or many of today’s top brands. Now—sprinkling scalps with professional Bed Head, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell products—she makes use of these modern techniques to achieve a wide variety of classic and trendy looks. Precision cuts, iron works, and coloring services also fall from Gigi’s versatile fingers, with her skill honed over years of conducting hair shows in New York.
Inside Salon Lofts, Angelo draws on more than 25 years of experience as he sculpts new 'dos using products by Rusk, Goldwell, and Macadamia Natural Oil. He always starts his sessions with a free consultation to ascertain his clients' needs before snipping, adding highlights, revamping color, or eliminating frizz with keratin treatments. He can also shape eyebrows into graceful arches that flatter coifs.
After honing her shear-wielding skills in the Big Apple, Diana Ernandez packed up her kit and headed to Tampa. There, she makes gents look more dapper with fades, infuses ladies’ manes with glamor using highlights, and gets hair stylishly chunky with razor cuts. To help in her beautifying mission, she unleashes a slew of high-end products, such as American Crew, Bed Head, and Redken.
Alexandra Zippi can work wonders with hair. In her newly established studio, she bestows elaborate updos, chic and modern coifs, and natural-looking highlights. She also transforms the look and feel of hair through keratin treatments, which tame frizz and even the feistiest of Medusa's snakes.