A slew of odd jobs?including decorating cakes and selling life insurance?filled Ely Valdez?s days until he decided to become a triple threat in the beauty world as a certified makeup artist, photographer, and aesthetician. He now spends his days combating acne, oil, and other skin issues with glycolic-acid peels and botanical-packed anti-aging facials. He also gives private makeup lessons and expertly applies eyelash extensions to existing fringe or clients? favorite stuffed animals.
Hello Gorgeous Salon and Spa's beauty mavens revitalize selves with the comprehensive Me Time Makeover’s luxuriant treatments. In the course of 2 to 2.5 hours, aestheticians swaddle faces with a pore-opening facial, and stylists tame overgrown head-lawns into pleasantly traversable coiffures with a cut and style. A manicure carefully prunes and paints nails, and a chair massage vies for the simultaneous affection of necks, backs, shoulders, and arms. Faces feel confident as they reenter polite society or mannerless prison yards following a color analysis, makeup lesson, and makeup application.
Mocha walls drench Amour Nails & Day Spa in a warm and welcoming tone that, perhaps not by coincidence, correlates with a few of the spa’s mani-pedis. For example, both men and women can sink into a cushy pedicure throne and enjoy the Ooh-la-Latte treatment, which hydrates skin with a chocolate-latte bath and a sugar scrub. Nail technicians also indulge hands and feet with a range of other tasty-sounding products, such as milk and honey to moisturize skin and green tea to protect it from free radicals.
While the main floor—dedicated to nailcare—bustles with the sounds of whirling footbaths and chitchatting manicurists, private spa rooms whisk clients into a relaxation oasis where they can obtain a facial, massage, or one of four salt and sugar scrubs and body wraps. The beauty team also conducts waxing treatments in the private rooms to remove hair from bodies.
Great Clips harnesses the vast resources of a national salon chain to provide personalized, professional styling services to follicle frolickers near and far. Wild wigs are brought to bear by highly trained hair tamers who also serve as style guides through the often-intimidating tonsorial jungle, answering customers' questions about hair trends and maintenance. A socially responsible company, Great Clips also hosts haircut-a-thons, bake sales, and baked haircut sale-a-thons to benefit charities, including the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Ronald McDonald House.
Amy, the licensed aesthetician behind The Perfect Lash, is a perfectionist by nature. She applies her attention to detail to her craft, meticulously enhancing clients' natural beauty with eyelash extensions tailored to the length and curl of their natural eyelashes and to the shape of their eyes and brows. Treatments range from a full set of Subtle Impact extensions, which cover 30% of natural eyelashes, to a Glam set of Maximum Impact extensions, which create a look similar to three or more coats of mascara. Amy maintains high standards of hygiene during every session.
Professional hairstylist Shonya Moten has spent the past decade molding dos for a diverse clientele. Her nimble hands braid tresses into detailed cornrows or full braids free of flyaways and awkward bumps. She also skillfully cuts and sculpts tresses that have been left in their natural state or relaxed with chemicals poured through an Enya CD.