Sciascia’s in Homewood: 5 reasons customers love them, including beard trims


Ladies of the salon
The ladies of Sciascia’s Salon & Boutique. From left to right::Karen McDonald, Angela Sciascia, Katie Tapscott and Dona Gillis. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Right next to Soho Retro in Homewood, you’ll find a little salon called Sciascia’s. Inside, you’ll find four friendly stylists who are dedicated to delighting their customers.

Here’s why their fans love them.

1—Sciascia’s has a fun name: it’s pronounced “Sha-Sha” (rhymes with haha)

Street view
What the salon looks like from the front if you are an ant. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Bham Now photographer Matthew Niblett and I had one question when we walked into the salon. “How do you say my last name?” said co-owner Angela Sciascia.

“Yes!” we both replied, and were so surprised when she said “sha-sha.” That hadn’t even made it onto our list of possible pronunciations.

The name Sciascia comes from Sicily. This is Sicily.
Sicily by Scott Wylie. CC BY 2.0

I did a little digging around the Internet and found out it’s a Sicilian name, which conjured up some nice images like this town and volcano scene from Sicily, an island in Southern Italy. But I digress.

The fun name fits the fun, easygoing atmosphere. These women know how to make you feel right at home.

2—Some of Sciascia’s customers have been coming for decades

Male mani at Sciascia's in Homewood
It took this male customer a long time before he said yes to a manicure. “It’s the best thing I ever did for myself,” he says now. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

While Matthew was taking pictures, I chatted with a man who said Dona Gillis has been doing his hair for more than 40 years, with one short break when she moved to Dallas for a minute.

He had a full head of gorgeous white hair, and apparently found just what he needed in a hairdresser when he met Dona all those years ago.

From what I hear, he’s not the only happy customer who’s been coming for years.

3—You can find boutique items at Sciascia’s while you’re getting beautified

Boutique items at Sciascia's.
You’ll find boutique items at Sciascia’s, too. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

A little shelf with lacy bras here, a wall of purses there. You can find boutique-like items scattered thoughtfully throughout the store. Also, chocolate. Yum.

4—Sciascia’s offers a range of services

Manicure at Sciascia's
Time for a soak. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

We already mentioned male manicures, but I bet you didn’t know Sciascia’s also offers these services:

  • Color (including highlights, lowlights and foil)
  • Haircuts and styling, including a trademarked hair smoothing technique called a Brazilian blowout
  • Nails (manicures, pedicures, gel)
  • Makeup
  • Waxing
  • Beard trims (check out the video below for Beard Trimming 101)

Check out the full list of services, with pricing, here.

5—Sciascia’s is in a great location, with parking right behind the shop

Sciascia's has parking in the back
Right on 18th Street in Homewood, Sciascia’s has parking in the back. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

They’re right on the main drag, 18th Street South, in Homewood. There’s parking in front of the shop and also behind, for quick and easy access. Another reason Sciascia’s customers love them.

If you want to check out Sciascia’s, here’s where you’ll find them:

Address: 2807 18th St S, Homewood, AL 35209
Phone: (205) 870-5099
Facebook: follow them here
Website: find them here

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