Owner of A New Image by ACIA, Acia is something of a Renaissance woman. Not only has she earner herself cosmetology and instructor certifications from The Bennet Career Institute, she went on to earn a Bachelors from the National Institute of Cosmetology. Those degrees nuzzle up against a veritable bushel of other achievements, including a certification as a Pravana color specialist, and boatloads of Paul Mitchell, Clairol, and Farouk classes.
But certifications are only as good as the paper they're printed on unless you put them to work. Inside her salon, Acia specializes in keratin treatments, color services, and weaves, choosing techniques that draw out a clients' new style. When not in a salon, she wields shears and buzzers competing for awards and lending her services to outfits like the C. Alan Morning Show.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Color & Cuts
Brands Used: Chi, Pravana,
& Paul Mitchell
What makes it great: barbers who specialize in maintaining breads and producing exacting fade haircuts; clients wait on reclaimed church pews in a shop decorated with whitewashed brick, blue painted Mexican tiles, and a 1929 barber chair sourced from a shop that once counted members of the Rat Pack among its regulars
Vonetta Dumas believes that good haircuts have the power to do much more than simply keep bangs out of eyes or pigtails from getting caught in the jets of low-flying airplanes?they can improve self-confidence and win the respect of others. As she writes in the book she co-authored, Executive Etiquette Power, "When you look good, you automatically feel good about yourself and exude a confidence and self-esteem that is recognized and respected." The expert image management specialist has spruced up the styles of celebrities and diplomats around town, and has been featured on Fox News and in the pages of Politics of Pretty. Vonetta brings her enthusiasm for style and more than 20 years of experience to Signature Image Salon, where she and her team of stylists perform a sweeping array of salon services.
The stylists welcome both men and women into their elegant space, where sleek black salon chairs speckle rustic hardwood floors. In addition to haircuts and coloring services, the stylists specialize in advanced smoothing treatments, including intense hydration steams, keratin conditioning, and smooth infusion re-texturing. The stylists favor products from Aveda, a company lauded for it's environmentally conscious ethics and innovative plant-based products.
Joii King, the owner of Coifs Salon, was once just a typical 10-year old girl who loved to braid and style her friends' hair?but she's come a long way since then. Today, her clientele list includes major recording artists such as members of the Sisters In The Spirit Tour, and personalities on the Oxygen Network. A self-proclaimed "natural hair care guru" and master colorist?who also holds certifications from Wella Creative Hair Color, Aveda, Paul Mitchell, and Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy?Joii stays at the cutting edge of contemporary hair design, and makes certain her staff does too. As such, the team at Coifs can capably tackle treatments ranging from rod sets and two strand twists, to moisturizing steam treatments, relaxers, and full weaves. But above all, the team strives to educate their clients on ways to keep their hair healthy, and teach them how to replicate their desired look at home.
What makes it great: exfoliating scrub made with AHA-rich apple and grape pulp, ingredients including paprika and other herbs to help boost blood flow and collagen production, and results for all skin types, including dry and acne-prone complexions