Led by Angelique Lewis, whose work has been featured in Style and Self magazines, a team of experienced stylists at Studio A Salon upholds Aveda's vision of connecting beauty, environment, and well-being. In their Aveda concept salon, the team strives to restore both inner and outer beauty, relieving stress and reenergizing the body through haircuts, conditioning, and color services. They also smooth textured or frizzy hair with keratin and hair-relaxing treatments. They finish each new 'do with Aveda's 97% plant-derived, globally sourced, and sustainably harvested haircare products?made from mineral-rich dead sea salts, organic honey, and proteins from the Peruvian rainforest?that leave hair healthy and slightly sheepish about not recycling its shampoo bottles. The salon also offers mani-pedis and a boutique selling Aveda products and glittery costume jewelry.
Laurie Smith has experienced a lot of things. She studied sociology and Asian cultures in college with an emphasis in the Chinese language. She worked as a security guard at high-risk locations. But she didn't discover her passion until she went into the beauty industry. She approached hair styling with the same energy and dedication as she had the rest of her studies, and graduated with honors from the Aveda Institute of Royal Oak.
Today, she straightens, extends, colors, and cuts hair of all textures. She uses products from her alma mater, Aveda, as well as industry professionals she finds inspirational, such as Paul Mitchell. More than the products or training, though, she believes her passion sets her apart, and helps her clients have a truly great experience in her chair.
In the 1980s, Preston Jackson Sr. and his wife Anna had a vision to equip women from all walks of life with the tools and skills necessary for a career in cosmetology, manicuring, and aesthetics. In the spirit of that inclusive philosophy, Preston and Anna didn't just open a beauty school here in the United States?they also opened the first ever beauty school in the West African nation of Togo. Two decades after that illustrious beginning, the institution known today as P&A Scholars is not just a certified beauty school, it's also a place where clients can get professional-level hair, nail, or skin treatments from supervised senior students before they graduate to work their magic in high-end salons or the wig rooms of the rich and famous.
For more than 20 years, the stylists at Lamiria's Salon have been beautifying and styling the hair of women in Metro Detroit. Owner Lamiria Huddleston has served as a mentor and trainer for burgeoning stylists, ensuring that every woman who takes a seat in a styling chair at her salon will get top-notch haircare. From cuts, colors, and blowouts, to virgin relaxers and conditioning treatments, the stylists handle a variety of hair needs, and send clients home with the tools and knowledge to re-create salon-made looks on their own. They emphasize treatments that don't damage hair or cause frizziness, unlike Medusa's stylist. And beyond haircare, the staff also provides waxing and makeup services.
Visitors to Hot Hair Design Studio come back because they know the type of service they're in for. After receiving a friendly greeting, they sip on complimentary tea and coffee and then make their way through a salon that's wrapped in deep red walls and dark woods. Once clients sink into in a leather salon chair, stylists get to work by trimming split ends, transforming hair colors with highlights, and adding length to manes with hair extensions. The studio prides itself on its harmonious environment, which is a direct result of the mentoring each stylist receives and the tuning fork they use to make sure the atmosphere isn't off-key.
Under hanging plants and track lighting, stylists snip, braid, and color hair while aestheticians cater to complexions. Products by Nexus, Matrix, and Mizani help hairdressers smooth and style and skincare recipients, meanwhile, receive spa-level extras with their services. For example, right after twisting Egypt–sourced cotton thread to remove errant brow hairs, aestheticians administer a sigh-inducing hand massage and remove any stubborn finger puppets. Skilled as they are, staff members don't hoard their beauty secrets. Courses in brow threading, for instance, provide clients with skills, a take-home kit, and a certificate.