Housed within an inviting red-brick home, Cassandra?s Family Salon and Day Spa ushers clients into spacious rooms filled with natural light. Hair services commence at sleek white porcelain shampooing stations, and facials and body-sculpting treatments transpire in private treatment rooms dimmed by sturdy curtains. The salon also comprises a toddler-friendly playroom with books, toys, and a racecar activity rug where kids can get an early start on parallel-parking skills.
Armed with shears and hair color, quality skincare products, and a mile-long spectrum of makeup and polish colors, the team at Lavish Salon and Day Spa issues makeovers big and small. Hairstyling and makeup artistry from the Lavish artists can completely change an individual's look?say, for a wedding or prom. Facials, meanwhile, craft a smooth, healthy canvas for cosmetics?or make complexions so glowy they don't need foundation at al. To keep things interesting, Lavish staffers offer seasonal services, like the cherry chocolate rose facial offered for Valentine's Day. And with its creamy color palette and hardwood floors, the spa helps visitors feel as sophisticated as they look.
Amanda Airo, a massage therapist with nearly a decade of experience, uses her hands to soothe the hands of others?as well as their arms, neck, and scalp?as she treats epidermises. Her skin treatments start with one-on-one consultations so she can analyze the skin before recommending regimens on an individual basis. This process helps her customers maintain radiant, bright faces after facials and peels rendered effective by enzymes and vitamins.
One look at Rituals’ menu of spa services tells clients there’s a nurturing or beautifying treatment for most any body part, covering the likes of hair design, mani-pedis, hair removal, and detoxifying footbaths. Facials—such as the Coconut Bliss facial—moisturize and repair skin, and imbue it with nutrients. Aestheticians also wield cosmetic LED lights that rewind the clock on aging by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and making skin think it now lives in a disco. The staff also includes licensed massage therapists who knead Swedish and deep-tissue massages.
Board-certified surgeon Dr. Bruce Marko has a light touch for body sculpting and facial rejuvenation at Enhanced Images Medical, eschewing the "no pain, no gain" beauty philosophy. Dedicated to minimally invasive procedures, he has continually sought out new, gentle technology since he completed his surgical residency at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and saw the wrinkles Linda Hamilton developed while screaming in The Terminator. His specialty in microscopic hair transplantation represents both his technical precision—he painstakingly duplicates the original growth pattern with new follicles—and his interest in creating a natural look with small adjustments. He also takes his time with patients, who develop a safe, effective route toward their ideal look during free 20-minute conferences.
Although Dr. Marko can lift slack cheeks with a few deft incisions, he maintains a collection of five cosmetic injections to smooth facial creases with little more than a pinprick. Erchonia and Cynosure lasers help patients to sidestep weight-loss surgery and skin-rejuvenation techniques that abrade cheeks through exposure to Fran Drescher's laugh, and the lasers can also rout toenail fungus and unwanted hair.
With birdcage-like wire around its dangling crystals, the chandelier at Snips Salon reflects the atmosphere's marriage of urban and opulent aesthetics. Stylists attend to clients between the exposed brick walls of the second-story salon, combing Bed Head and Catwalk products through strands or accenting features with TIGI Cosmetics. Services include haircuts, color treatments, and waxing for men and women. The team also pours complimentary beverages and furnishes a library of fashion magazines—the models of which can have their gorgeous hair brought to 3-D life with clients' newly clipped braids.