AHAM Skin & Beauty Care's owner, Bevin Gayadeen, believes in a natural and holistic approach to beauty. That's why she and her staff hew to all-natural and Ayurvedic products during their treatments, whether it's an elemental facial or an AHAM manicure. The former utilizes natural skincare products and a detoxifying Kansa wand to remove toxins and stimulate the healing process that leads to radiant and glowing skin. This philosophy is apparent in all of their treatments, from mani-pedis to waxing, and they've even brought on Dr. Varun Suthra, an Ayurvedic doctor, to conduct body treatments that exfoliate the skin, detoxify the body, and energize the spirit.
While working at other peoples' salons, Shelly Spann yearned for something of her own. "I wanted to get my name out there," she says. One day, while watching reality TV, Shelly was struck by an idea. All of the shows were "centered around women and hanging out together, so I thought, 'Oh my God, how awesome would it be if we did that?'" Shelly masterminded a business that beautifies brows on location at get-togethers as partygoers sip champagne and wine. "It takes a little bit of the edge off of waxing," she says with a laugh.
Now Shelly divides her hours between mobile services and time at her full-body-waxing headquarters. She uses Nufree Nudesse, a sugar-free wax alternative that removes hair with less pain, irritation, and grumbling from cranky candles. Clients can also request numbing creams to keep procedures even less uncomfortable.
Waxing and brow sculpting aren’t Shelly’s only specialties, though. The fully licensed aesthetician also beautifies her clients’ complexions with a selection of exfoliating and hydrating facials. Her treatments range from mini and teen versions of her signature facial to custom European facials that take their cues from individual skin types.
Soothing aromas calm clients' senses as they enter the tranquil waiting room of Serenity Wellness Studio, which houses Msprity Spa Luxuries. Founded in 2006, Msprity Spa Luxuries is the brainchild of owner Msprity, whose background in health care and special knowledge of sensitive skin informs each of the spa's customized treatments. In addition to skincare and facial services, the spa further relaxes clients with beauty treatments, body wraps, and massages. A range of products is also available so customers can maintain glowing skin at home, saving them the trouble of always holding flashlights under their chins.
Muriel Newton, owner of Naturally Divine Spa, learned the art of skin care at Steiner Institute of Esthetics. She relies on this knowledge, along with Skin Script and Elemis products, as she pampers her clients with facials, peels, and body-waxing treatments. Orange and green walls add a funky touch to her private treatment room, where she customizes her services for men and women.
Luxury is at the core of every treatment at Salon Europa, a high-end salon and spa distinguished by its futuristic mod furnishings, complimentary refreshments, and wide-reaching service menu. Whatever your beauty needs, this is the place to satisfy them; haircuts, deep-conditioning treatments, European facials, and waxing all rank among the salon's many popular services. Massages and manicures round out the menu, and the flat-screen TVs that line the walls are a welcome change of pace from the haunted TV set at home.
Island Goddess Salon and Spa offers myriad ways to unleash your inner beauty. A braid treatment or weave can transform your appearance, and styling, coloring, and finishing work highlight the finer points of a new hairdo. Meanwhile facials, manicures, and pedicures, are also available, as are massages, which can calm the mind and iron out kinks in muscles or tense cable knit sweaters.