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.
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.
Whether they are seeking the drama of a smoky eye or the laid-back look of nude, natural tones, Danielle Tiara's clients can rest assured she'll achieve their desired aesthetic. The makeup artist, who flourished under the tutelage of a celebrity makeup artist, tackles everything from bridal makeup to complex masks for film. She does so with a simple philosophy: beauty resides within everyone, just waiting to be revealed.
Owner and stylist Evonne Hall, also known as "the hair doctor," owes her uncanny ability to repair damaged tresses to her decade of professional experience working with multinational hair types. She specializes in extensions and is certified to perform keratin-based straightening treatments. She also helms a team of talented staffers, including sought-after stylist Jameka Phillips, who sculpts over-the-top looks for weddings, gala events, and photo shoots, and Rashanique Aaron, Verianese Richards, and Lillian Scott, who perform services that range from simple cuts to bonded weaves.
Every time Linda Dang performs a facial, she tweaks her method slightly to account for the differences in individual skin types. A licensed medical aesthetician with more than 12 years expertise in anti-aging skincare, she offers more than a dozen facial treatments, including microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, dermaculture Iontophoresis, and chemical peels. The variety of treatments ensures that she can offer her clients options for all skin types when they want to combat acne, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, or overexposure to the sun. She also offers other cosmetic services, including permanent-makeup applications, micropigmentation, eyebrow tinting, and mole removal. Semipermanent eyelash extensions elongate natural lashes to eliminate the need for mascara and eyelash curlers, and can last indefinitely with proper home care and regular touch-ups.
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.