When you’ve been styling hair for more than 35 years, it can be easy to fall into a routine. That’s why Hairs 2 U owner and master stylist Toni Staskus continues to attend classes and hair shows whenever she can, ensuring she stays up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques. Her commitment to education has led Toni to earn master hair-colorist certification from Wella, Clairol, and Redken, as well as certifications in hot-fusion hair extensions and KeraGreen organic hair straightening.
Inside the lavender-walled salon, pop-art paintings and magazine clippings inspire clients to request classic cuts or the modern, asymmetrical looks favored by most Picasso models. Beyond relaxing, texturizing, and perming tresses, Toni and her staff also weave in glitz in the form of feather, tinsel, or party-color extensions and can lend their coloring expertise to tint eyelashes or freshly shaped brows.
For co-owners Catherine Imbesi and Arlene Webber, Salon Ciseaux hasn’t just been a place to use their talents as master stylists: it’s also a place to share their passions with others. For Imbesi, that means showing off her strong work ethic, one she formed when opening her own salon and simultaneously finishing her college degree. Webber, on the other hand, uses her global experiences and people skills to make the salon a welcoming space for clients of different cultures. Together, the curly-haired owners tame tendrils in their certified Ouidad curly-hair-specialist salon and helm a team of stylists who craft new hairdos, remove unwanted hair, and meticulously groom nails. The duo has also shown off their hair skills on the runway, having been handpicked by designer Juan Carlos Obando to style his model’s hair during New York Fashion Week in 2008.
For more than 20 years, stylist and colorist Frankie Jo Sexton has been adding subtle dimension to locks and using her expertise in color correction to amend less-than-stellar shades. She is also an expert in fusion and weft hair extensions and rounds out her treatment menu with hair-smoothing keratin treatments, which defuse frizz and straighten curls for easier-to-style 'dos and faster turtleneck escapes.
Catering to gentlemen who are looking for a high-quality, old-fashioned haircut experience, Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club delivers sharp-looking shaves and haircuts in a cultured, old-fashioned barbershop environment. For one month, the Pursuit of Happiness package will clean up overly flocculent guests with unlimited haircuts and the choice of a straight-razor shave, a mini-facial, or a facial waxing once during the month. Each visit will include a complimentary beverage choice of water, soda, coffee, tea, or beer that classy clients can savor as a professional, vested stylist weeds away the hairy growths invading face and head gardens. Children under the age of 13 receive free haircuts with this package.
I'm a Paul Mitchell National Educator and hair stylist at Stella Luca salon. I've developed several techniques that will provide solutions to some of the major problems women and men experience, such as: adding body and fullness to fine, thin and limp hair and Natural highlights that don't look like stripes.