Little did Alicia Imani know at 14 years old that her first jobs in salons and spas would inspire a passion for the beauty industry and a future career. Now at Painted Faces, the licensed cosmetologist provides makeup services including wedding-day applications for brides and their attendants and on-set applications for photo shoots. Using cosmetics from MAC, Chanel, and Lancôme, Alicia leads classes where she teaches clients how to apply makeup properly and create looks that work best with their features.
Sonya Fletcher's career started in an unlikely place: her neighbor's scalp. While growing up, Fletcher tended to the hair of neighbors and her own mother, beginning a lifelong love for styling and cosmetology that led her to open Sonya Michelle Hair Spa. Her expertise in braiding, twisting, and weaving keeps her nimble fingers in high demand, but that's not all the salon offers its clients. The service menu also includes moisturizing treatments for curly, kinky, and wavy hair that can be prone to dryness, as well as keratin treatments that imbue locks with smoothness, shine, and the ambition to audition for shampoo commercials. Clients can also come in for color services that can transform looks with vibrant hues.
No matter how beautiful you are, it's hard to feel that way when your hair is thinning, when it is missing in certain areas, or when it simply isn't as long as you want it to be. Vita's Hair Studio's stylists help make women feel beautiful again with nonsurgical hair-replacement treatments?including hair grafting and hairline reconstruction?as well as with glue-less hair extensions and weaves. They use 100% virgin human hair, instead of bundles of string, to create natural looks. They also pamper existing hair with warm nourishing oil and organic moisture-replenishing products.
Signature Service: Natural hair, cuts, styles and color
Brands Used: Wella, Alter Ego, Kenra, Nairobi
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Good for Kids: Yes
Pro Tip: Warm, friendly environment; semi-private suites.
The all-natural Hannah’s Hair and Nail Studio specializes in weaves and relaxer treatments. But they also offer a wide range of salon services, from hair enhancements and braids to manicures and keratin treatments. Talented aestheticians work with each client to achieve their individual beauty goals.
Certain hairstyles look good on certain facial shapes. When a client asks for a haircut you know will be a mismatch for them, how do you handle it?
I suggest a different style that is suitable.
Fashionable hairstyles are constantly changing. How do you keep up-to-date on popular trends?
I go to hair shows, take classes, and watch YouTube.
What's the biggest mistake you see clients make when they style their hair at home?
They use too much heat.