The aestheticians at Salon Italiano elongate lid wisps by individually applying extensions to each lash. Over the course of about 2.5 hours, eye experts secure ocular stalks with a firm yet flexible hold using NovaLash Platinum Bond adhesive, fluffing eye fringe to a fuller look that can extinguish building fires in a single wink. The extensions typically last the life cycle of each lash, which naturally sheds in about six to eight weeks.
Licensed medical aesthetician Rhonda R. Baskett revitalizes enervated visages with customized facial treatments. After evaluating the individual epidermis, she culls products from a stockpile of medical-grade physiognomy fixers from brands such as SkinCeuticals and Sothys Skin Care for the appropriate cocktail of visage revitalization. For the following hour, the amicable aesthetician will soften skin in a steam bath, expel dead skin cells, and give pesky blackheads a stern talking-to, leaving behind vibrant, rejuvenated skin. The countenance coddling ends with a relaxing facial massage that leaves cranial sheaths reinvigorated.
After several years spent working as a certified ophthalmic surgical technician, cosmetologist BK Gearn transitioned to the aesthetic arena in order to help others to see themselves in a better light. Along the way, she picked up a barber license, a nail-tech license, a massage-therapy license, and a masters degree in cosmetic tattooing, enabling her to use permanent makeup to enhance facial features or diminish the appearance of scars. Armed with Raya skincare products, she soothes skin with facials that often include mud or paraffin masks, hot steam, or crystal-based microdermabrasion, and she uses all-natural sugar paste by Alexandria Professional to whisk away unwanted whiskers without using chemicals, strips, or tiny brooms. She also helps bodies to adopt a synthetic glow using an airbrush-tanning solution rich with aloe vera and skin-firming moisturizers, and she has turned her spa into a classroom to share her secrets for applying eyelash extensions.
Accomplished cosmetologist Nalini Patel helms her eponymous day spa, a technology-driven beauty center that earned the distinction of CityVoter's Best Day Spa in 2009. Genial employees use their indoor voices to welcome clients into the spacious, wood-floored spa, where private treatment rooms and manicure chairs shaped to resemble cupped hands promise a relaxing experience. Along with familiar day-spa offerings, skilled beauticians wield advanced prettifying technologies (among them, infrared wraps and micropigmentation hair simulation) to help clients achieve their desired appearance. Patel also applies permanent makeup, which reduces the duration of morning beauty routines and can convey a variety of emotions without intrusive mental effort.
When it comes to adding pizzazz to hair, the stylists at Purple Zebra Salon have plenty of options in their repertoire. They can add volume with updos, give locks wavy makeovers with perms, or brighten strands with highlights, color, or feather hair extensions from Featherlocks. The team's skills aren't limited to the hair on your head—lashes and brows, for instance, can be rejuvenated with subtly applied extensions and permanent makeup. Each beautifying session takes place inside the salon's cozy yellow-and-purple interior, where, sure enough, there's a white image of a zebra on the purple back wall.