The hair expert behind Braided Barbie has been braiding strands since she was 9 years old. She practiced on family members before moving on to her own tresses—where she felt free to experiment with the latest trends. Today, she and her staff twist hair into exquisite styles and help smooth out cellulite with botanical-based body wraps.
Spa Bellezza has its share of inventive beauty treatments, sure. But it's something called whine therapy that stands out—clients bring a friend, munch on finger foods, sip a glass of wine, and engage in "some soul-felt girl talk." With her masters degrees in psychology and certification as a senior cosmetologist, spa owner Carla knows what she's doing when she organizes events such as these. The community-conscious grandmother earned a degree as a registered nurse and as a licensed cosmetologist as well, backgrounds she distills into organizing two-hour spa parties for girls.
Carla and her staff also focus on individual services. Vanilla, avocado, sugar, and an array of aromatherapy oils comprise the recipes for Spa Bellezza's body treatments. And, a selection of products by Essie, OPI, L.A. Colors, and more attests to the staff's discerning tastes. Facials, mani-pedis, and massages all attract clients to the spa like moths to a hot rod's flames.
The interior of Robert Ashtin Salon glows with serene hues of sea-foam blue punctuated by the stylists’ mirrors and pieces of art including a grid of ceramic leaves. These aesthetic flourishes symbolize the artful salon work performed by the staff. A pink-and-white damask accent wall can reflect the intricate beauty of clients’ new hair colors, which stylists transform with odorless, ammonia-free Inoa products. With Coppola Keratin Complex products, stylists tame frizzy locks into streams of hair so silky that it won’t blister the hands of Rapunzel’s future suitors the way her coarse locks did.
Inside this multicultural salon, all textures of hair meet their match with one of Rhapsody Beauty Lounge’s stylists. Stylists can usher clients to shampoo stations, where padded leather beds take the place of chairs to allow for a comfortable sudsing. From there, stylists can trim hair into flattering shapes, add warmth with highlights, twist and style natural hair, or create elaborate braids.