With two decades in the industry, Tim Pinkney knows hair. The owner and head stylist of Tim's Healthy Hair Care Center has spent that time both wielding scissors and training others in the hair artistry. His extensive travels to Brazil, the Caribbean Islands, Europe, and Puerto Rico have prepared him for working with a wide range of hair types, and his detailed knowledge of products ensures that only renowned lines such as L'Oreal, Paul Mitchell, and Matrix will caress his clients' strands.
Inside the salon, Tim and his team bestow a long list of services upon their clients' heads, from highlights and color to extensions and weaves. Stylists can also gussy up male hair with barbers' cuts and give kids' locks a trim before a school picture or a high-stakes job interview with an imaginary friend.
The sounds of shears snipping hair and files brushing against nails fill the contemporary, red-walled interior of Blades Salon & Day Spa, where licensed staffers blend styling directions from clients with their own treatment expertise. Stylists and makeup artists pace around chairs as they cut and color hair or add a touch of blush to complexions. Spa Joy thrones massage feet during soothing pedicures, and technicians stationed at sleek wood manicure desks thoroughly groom fingernails. Across the salon, aestheticians swaddle faces in exclusively contracted Phytomer products while massage therapists untangle knotted muscles and legs tied together by prankster friends.
Keliann Jimenez has been in the spotlight since she was 13 years old. She won her first beauty pageant in 2008 and would later add six more titles to her name. Commercials and photo shoots followed, as did visits to exotic locations around the world. Even after all of those experiences, she still felt something was missing. Inspired to contribute more to the world, she hit the books to earn a business degree.
Combining her education with her experience in the beauty industry, she founded Studio By Keliann to help others find expression through make-up and hair design. She and her team of studio artists beautify clients at stations furnished with ornate mirrors and simple black chairs. Stylists augment locks with cuts, color treatments, and extension services, and makeup artists create timeless looks and sometimes dabble in special-effects makeup for everything from zombie-themed parties to dates with actual zombies.
A depiction of a red, white, and blue barber pole next to the shop’s sign sends a recognizable signal to all gentlemen looking to crop their shaggy manes. Sharp Barber’s team specializes in haircuts for men and boys, wielding scissors and trimmers to craft neat, classic hairstyles. For more refined looks, they also carefully perform lather shaves with straight razors before wrapping faces in hot, moist towels. Aside from Sharp Barber’s menu of services, the shop’s decor itself emanates a masculine vibe with a combination of rich blues and dark hardwood. Between the product-laden shelves and barber workstations, flat-screen TVs transmit a constant stream of sports action, interrupted only by the occasional commercial or subliminal Golden Girls marathon.
Candlelight skips across the vanilla-white walls. Through the dimness, aromatherapy oils release their fragrant scent, tickling the nose with the essence of sweet almond. The room’s warmth multiplies and, the scene set, licensed massage therapist Rey Reyes begins melting muscles, digging deep into knots with flowing Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure. In addition to his traditional massages, Rey also champions the use of hot stones and bamboo sticks to quell lingering aches, and improves athletic performance with the foam-finger-based kneads of sports bodywork.
Since she started cutting hair in 2007, Snoop has carved out a niche for herself as a barber for men, women, and children. Her own business?InFamous Cutz by Snoop DaBarber?ensures that members of the community can keep their fades in order as well as their eyebrows properly arched, dreads twisted tight, and cheeks cleanly shaved. Snoop also takes pride in offering free and discounted haircuts to kids heading back to school.