Jawhara Sawsan grew up watching her mother—an artist, sculptor, and seamstress—successfully channel her creativity into vivid physical expressions. She set about finding the best medium for her own artistic ideas. Soon, she realized that a simple childhood pastime—braiding her dolls' hair under the instruction of her aunt Cynthia—held a deeper appeal. As an adult, she turned her passion for hair into a career, attending cosmetology school and opening her own salon, populated by a loyal clientele bearing a rich palette of diverse ethnicities and hair types.
In 2010, the big leagues called, and Jawhara answered, becoming Lauryn Hill's personal stylist and following the fashion-forward singer on her winter and summer tours the following year. While the former Fugee’s unique and risky style enabled Jawhara to push the limits of her creativity, she’s just as happy doing what she’s always done: beautifying clients with extensions, weaves, and straightening treatments. Even though her life on the road is over for now, she also refuses to tame her artistic nature, sharing cutting-edge looks through her portfolio and interpretive dances about scissors.
Brazilian-trained waxing experts do away with unwanted hair inside Jaira's Waxing Salon. The staff tackles fuzz on men and women in locations such as faces, backs, legs, and livers. The salon pops with decorative touches that include bright red accent walls and zebra-print chairs in black-and-white and red-and-white color combos.
Updos, downdos, and perms: the licensed stylists at A Cut Above sculpt all these looks. Employing products from top-selling brands, they also dye hair and add highlights. They also schedule services for wedding parties, and makeover mannequins that fill seats at opening nights of plays that haven’t sold out.
After the salon where stylist Donna Tomaso worked was shut down, she teamed up with her sister Tracey Basilico to launch Salon 171 on their own. With five members of the old salon staff onboard, Salon 171 opened its doors with an already cohesive team of experienced stylists who had worked together for years.
Today, the stylists at Salon 171 beautify hair through cutting and styling or straightening and smoothing. With both English- and Spanish-speaking stylists, the staff can help mediate between English-speaking clients and their Spanish-speaking hairdos. In a cozy waiting area, clients can lean back on black couches with light-blue pillows that match the salon walls.
At Therapeak Massage Clinic licensed massage therapists give treatments in private massage rooms—all blanketed in soft lighting and equipped with cushy tables. There, clients can enjoy services that range from deep-tissue and Swedish massage to more concentrated techniques for the back, neck, and shoulders. Some therapists specialize in prenatal massage, and others have advanced education in pediatric myofascial release. They can also customize treatments for children or dressed-up pets posing as children.
Euro Bronze Tanning gives clients seven paths to golden skin: a Level 1, 2, 3, and 4 horizontal bed, a Level 4 standup bed, a UV-free Mystic Tan machine, and airbrush tanning. The UWE Level 4 bed uses high-pressure facial and shoulder tanners and envelops clients in body mists and aromatherapy. The Supersonic standup booth is ideal for quickly achieving a caramel color as it bronzes in seven minutes. Mystic Tan booths imbue skin with golden hues in only a few seconds. The other UV-free option—airbrush tanning—may take 20 minutes, but it includes a barrier-lotion application plus precise tanning-solution applications to ensure that the airbrush artist coats every square inch and creates a realistic-looking 24-pack.