Named 2011's Best Makeover Maven by Richmond magazine, Design One Salon & Spa's team of talented stylists, certified massage therapists, and estheticians converges under one roof to rejuvenate and beautify clients with a comprehensive array of services. An aggressive in-house training regimen places associate stylists at the elbow of a master, who enlightens them on the precise art of updating clients’ looks with cuts, extensions, and colors. They emphasize communication and customize all services to fit each individual's needs. The staff also demonstrate their devotion to exacting optimal services by welcoming feedback and suggestions in the form of email or notes.
Sabine Sanderson gained experience as a nail technician on two continents: North America and Europe. After about a decade working as a medical pedicurist in Germany—where she participated in many nail-art shows—she has spent more than a decade working in the U.S. Here, Sabine is both a nail technician and an educator. She runs Nailqueen Sabine within Cut Ups and Company. Her services are fit for a queen, as with the aptly named Queens manicures and pedicures that incorporate sugar scrubs, nail trimming, and polish applications.
Nava's Hair Studio's Facebook page reads like a beauty magazine, offering tips on such things as how to prevent hair from frizzing in the summer (keep hair properly hydrated so it won't absorb moisture in the air and swell) and how to build volume at the crown while keeping the rest of the hair sleek (apply mousse roots to ends, put hair in a ponytail on the top of your head, release when dry). The page is so informative because Nava's head stylist and owner, Ofelia, has been working in the industry for more than 20 years. Plus, she constantly travels the country seeking advanced knowledge on such things as how to cut hair based on facial structure and how to hide a third eye with dramatic bangs.
At her studio, Ofelia and her team of stylists keep locks looking spiffy with face-flattering cuts, Brazilian blowouts, and highlights and lowlights. They also beautify clients with waxing services and lash and brow tints.
The skincare professionals at Belissa Salon and Spa specialize in smoothing out the body?s rougher edges. Though they draw upon years of experience in aesthetics, they don?t rely solely on their own wits?professional Dermalogica products crafted from natural ingredients aid them as they resurface skin.
For a service that exemplifies all the others, look no further than the Dermalogica thermal body treatment, which exfoliates with a natural blend of sea salt, dried seaweed, and fruit enzymes. Other, equally effective remedies may detoxify skin with mineral mud or wraps soaked in soothing plant extracts. Belissa Salon and Spa also offers tanning services: stylists use a bronzing mist to create natural-looking tans for their clients. Skin isn?t all the staff pays attention to. They also cut and color hair, groom nails, and relax muscles with six different massages, including hot-stone therapy and a prenatal style that incorporates heated alphabet blocks.
Dangling stained-glass lamps and crystal chandeliers, leafy plants, golden walls, and bamboo fans—it's fair to say that no one element of Scissors Hair Studio’s decor dominates. And like the studio's look, its menu of services brings many styles together in a combination that works. Owner Simone Nicole—a veteran with more than 20 years of experience and training in New York City—specializes in long hair and hair coloring, though she and her team also perform mani-pedis, facials, massages, and other services that leave clients as relaxed as a turkey on Black Friday. Having worked with movie and TV production crews, touring musical acts, and local theater productions, they understand what it takes to deliver beauty on the go, which is why they also man the Beauty Bus, a mobile service that brings styling to brides and other remote clients.
Pairing a chic and relaxed atmosphere with a commitment to hygienic practices, the skilled technicians at Polished Nail Lounge bedeck fingers and toes with high-quality polish in vivid hues. Upholstered white pedicure benches and elegant high-backed chairs cradle patrons in comfort while nail artists tend to digits with professional-level implements that are sterilized and sealed for individual clients. Nail-beautifying options from Shellac, Essie Gel, and OPI stand in rainbow rows, waiting to outfit fingers, and Zoya, a vegan polish, lasts up to 14 days on natural nails. Complimentary coffee and bottled water tend to parched throats as hands undergo beautification for a romantic night out on the town or a phonebook-tearing competition.