Unlike many of her peers, Salon Aspire owner and stylist Taylor Andress continued her education in hairstyling long after she finished cosmetology school. As a Paul Mitchell–trained stylist, she's completed specialty classes in razor technique and color application, and holds certifications in keratin smoothing treatments and hair extensions. In fact, she's gathered so much expertise that she's spent time as an instructor, sharing her secrets with future stylists.
Alongside her knowledge and skill, Taylor calls on another secret weapon to forge fashion-forward hairstyles: premium styling products. After years of personal research, she's boiled down her selections to GK Hair, Woody's Men's Grooming, and Pravana ChromaSilk color—a line that, like a nonconformist dalmatian, comes in 101 shades.
After honing her skills at multiple salons for more than a decade, Becky Sotillo finally decided to do her own thing, opening Dove Heart Studio. This newfound freedom gave her the luxury to truly blossom as an independent hair artist. She puts her creativity to use during services that range from simple haircuts and special occasion updos to hair extensions and partial and full highlights. She also expands her already extensive repertoire with lip and brow waxing, as well as keratin and frizz-taming treatments.
She works inside of Solera Salon & Spa, a luxurious multistory beauty oasis. After their visits with Becky, clients can relax at the building’s café and grab a cup of coffee or simply sit and get to know their new hairstyle a little better.
Inside Sana Beauty Salon, Sana Shaheen beautifies clients with methods old and new. She adorns hands, arms, and feet with intricate henna tattoos, which originated thousands of years ago, and employs the ancient art of threading to remove unwanted facial hair. For men's and women's physiques, however, Sana uses tried and true warm wax. The salon owner also embraces newer techniques, such as keratin, microdermabrasion, and electrolysis treatments. In addition, she cleanses complexions with facials and applies eye-enhancing Lavish Lashes eyelash extensions, which are particularly advantageous during speed eyelash-batting competitions.
Fifteen years ago, Zetta Steele founded Steele Cutz Salon—so in that way, it’s aptly named. However, its name is also misleading, in that the salon’s stylists do far more than just cut hair. They enhance hair color with highlights, all-over color, and colored glazes. They add length to locks with extensions. And they straighten curly hair with Brazilian Blowouts. This strand smoothing service can also make hair more manageable and less frizzy, which will stop people from asking to see your static electricity globe collection.
Saed Esfandiari believes that everyone has the power to attract second glances—all it takes is the right hairstyle. Since opening his own salon in 1990, the skilled stylist has been captaining an intimate salon, where he performs professional cuts, coloring services, and conditioning treatments using products from top purveyors, such as Davines. A bridal styling specialist, Saed also works closely with brides-to-be to design custom styles for entire wedding parties, either onsite or in the salon.
An expert in both men's and women's hairstyles, stylist Miha Puiu of Salon 1901 also specializes in french highlights. She imported this technique—and a slew of others, such as multidimensional haircuts—from her native Europe, where she often returns to soak up beautifying skills. Looking to limit exposure to formaldehyde and other chemicals, she sprinkles her clients' hair with all-natural shampoos and styling products whenever possible.