The work of Divine Cre8ions Hair & Makeup Studio's founder has appeared on The Real Housewives of DC, the BET channel, and a Mike Jones film. Nyoka, an extensively trained hairdresser and makeup artist, has earned praise and national magazine spots solely for her behind-the-scenes work, which she brings to the styling chairs of her salon. There, she grants her clients the same attention and precision she practices when working on a high-profile rapper or TV personality.
Nyoka tends to hair with professional cuts, sew-in hair enhancements, and coloring treatments for clients or wedding parties. As a makeup artist for the MAC Cosmetics line, she also dolls up faces with a steady hand and keen eye for flair and beauty. She applies the training she received from celebrity makeup artist Toni Acey, who worked on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, to add flair to facial features with airbrush makeup services.
A massage can improve range of motion, reduce tension, and even tackle more complicated ailments such as depression and disco fever. That's where Massage Mind & Body Healing comes in. After a client is led to a private suite, a licensed massage therapist blends techniques such as Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure to promote full-body healing and wellness. Hot-stone therapy and reflexology are also available.
Herbal poultices, warm oils, and energy balancing aren’t the tools of a typical spa, but at Santhigram Kerala Ayurvedic Center they’re a primary defense against stress and discomfort. The doctors, one of whom has studied ayurvedic medicine since childhood, take a holistic approach to health and happiness. They use herbs relied on by the ayurvedic method for thousands of years and believe that the natural remedies without side effects can help assuage a vast range of medical and emotional concerns. Traditional treatments include pouring thin streams of warm oil onto foreheads to reduce stress, opening pores with steam baths, and producing giggles with acupressure massage.
Carlton Cargill trained at the Memorial Hermann School of Massage Therapy and put his new license to work at the Memorial Hermann Spa. There, he mastered Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports techniques. He also studied anatomy and physiology, the two disciplines that explain how doctors glue our muscles to our skeletons. Now, Cargill works inside his home studio, where red walls and white linens create a modern yet relaxing ambiance. He treats sore bodies with therapeutic kneads that can help restore emotional and spiritual balance.
Semmeria Anderson of Semmeria Hair Couture has hundreds of client photos in her files. Their hairstyles are natural and relaxed, short and cascading, brassily dyed and subtly highlighted. Their makeup is expertly applied. It's a repertoire of techniques Anderson is always expanding via continuing education, though she also teaches classes on makeup and hair.
Because she works one-on-one with customers, who have included models appearing in Cosmopolitan, she's able to focus on the details of how they want to look. Of course, Anderson cares about how hair feels as well as how it looks and whether it's maintaining optimal scalp temperature. Shampoos and conditioners from Mizani are formulated specially to nurture African American hair. Anderson also adds color and shine with cellophane rinses. Free of ammonia, peroxide, and alcohol, they're designed to protect hair rather than dry it out.