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.
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.
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 14 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.
When hairstylist Shelton Ogle opened his first salon at 21, he quickly realized the secret to maximizing the number of gorgeous haircuts he could render: a well-trained staff. So two years later, he opened his beauty school, Ogle School of Hair, Skin & Nails. Now in its 40th year, the school leverages its accrued experience and knowledge to teach aesthetic arts ranging from skincare to hair coloring. In the school’s salons, students practice on the public, cutting hair into elegant, customized shapes, texturizing strands with relaxers and perms, and highlighting nails with manicures, rather than with rings with built-in strobe lights. A testament to Shelton’s success in building his vision, he was even able to develop a weekly show for PBS about the beauty industry.