It looks so simple: a length of twisted cotton glides across the face, grazing the upper lip, eyebrows, and hairline. This is threading, an ancient hair-removal art with roots in India and the Middle East. Masters of this art, M&M Thread Salon’s staff members quickly ensnare bristles in their threads, creating lines as sharp and clean as the battle ax that chops soap into bar form. The treatment is particularly beneficial for people with sensitive skin, as it uproots hair without chemicals or harmful products. The salon also performs waxing and facials.
Beyond Malimor Skin Care’s yellow awning and shrub-lined façade, Mali awaits, ready to beautify clients. Using warm wax, Mali sharpens eyebrows, de fuzzes faces, and clears full legs, removing the hair by its root so it to will grow back slower and finer. Alongside Mali, her staff of skilled make-up artists applies special event make-up and exhume buried tension with full body therapeutic massages that, like the any well-played game of tic-tac-toe, can last for 30 or 60 minutes.
The stylists at U.C. Hair Salon and Waxing have several techniques to help their clients' new styles last as long as possible. They use ionic blow dryers, which are designed to eliminate frizz and boost shine better than their nonionic counterparts. They also rely on ceramic curling irons to emit just the right amount of heat, which results in less damage to hair.
During each of their signature haircut, perming, and highlighting services, they employ professional products from lines such as Bed Head, Joico, and Modern Organic Products. Once styles are finished, the team gives clients tips and tricks on how to re-create the salon look at home.
Director Tony DeMartile—whose favorite Aveda product happens to be the glossing straightener—leads the skilled staff of stylists and aestheticians at Solé Salon and Spa Aveda. He and his team employ an arsenal of botanical Aveda products as they wrangle hairdos, shape brows, and refresh skin. Solé's goal is a simple one: to make the experience of each client relaxing, fun, and memorable. To that end, its facials and skincare services for men and women alike imbue epidermises with moisture while unclogging pores. Stylists treat hair the way a pro football team's grounds crew treats grass: they cut it, color it, and perform conditioning treatments on it with Aveda hair products.
Beauty specialist Vimaa Patel opened the original iBar to concentrate on threading, body art, and permanent makeup. Now with four different locations, Vimaa ensures her staff is practiced in the ancient technique of eyebrow threading—gently pruning and shaping brows with cotton strings—by requiring potential team members to have at least two years of experience. The technicians also enhance eyes and brows with permanent-makeup treatments and personalize shoulders, ankles, and calves with temporary body art, such as birds, blossoms, or safe combinations.
iBar's intensive focus on a handful of treatments let the staff master their craft, and customers took notice. Within four years, the beauty haven expanded to four locations, each of which maintains the rigorous quality and boutique ambiance of the original.