Europa Salon & Spa helps clients define their aesthetic image by creating well-crafted coiffures. During a men's or women's cut, experienced stylists take up their shears and shape head-hedges into neatly trimmed frizz, pausing often to water thirsty stems with moisturizing Aquage and Biolage products. In addition to the follicle chopping, clients have the option of pairing their haircut with a professional Redken dye to refresh worn-out colors and impress the fickle drawing room mirrors.
At Rene's Lagniappe Hair Salon, owner Rene Teague-Osuna and her team of coiffure-curators bolster crumbling exteriors with a bevy of doting salon services. Surrender locks to expert scissor wielders for a shampoo, cut, and style (up to $50) with Redken and Pureology products, a gravity-defying updo ($60+), or a single-application color ($60+) to preen for an upcoming party or alter your appearance while evading the police. The 30-minute mini-facial treatment can quell rebellious faces with exfoliation, moisturization, and toner ($50), and an array of waxing services helps chase away trespassing follicles from the underarms ($25+), brow ($15), lip ($10), and more.
Simply Beautiful Lashes' owner Amy spent 20 years in the corporate world before deciding to open her own lash studio. The decision was a big one, but it only took one client to convince her that she'd made the right choice. A woman who had recently undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer visited her studio in hopes of receiving a fan of fluttery extensions to boost her own eyelashes, which were just beginning to grow back. Since the woman's lashes were still weak, Amy could only apply relatively short, thin extensions, creating a look that was more natural than dramatic. “When she looked into the mirror she broke out into tears,” Amy recounted. “I thought she was upset, but they were tears of joy—she said for the first time in years she felt like a woman again.” With that, she knew lash extensions were her calling.
Amy, a self-described perfectionist, has made every effort to ensure her spa is worthy of her customers' time and money. From the soft music and warm lighting from Himalayan salt-crystal lamps to the 320-hour, 80-application training process required of her licensed lash professionals, each element of the business strives to make every lash application an enjoyable one. The lash artists use only synthetic-mink extensions and formaldehyde-free, medical-grade adhesives, and apply lashes one by one. The result is a look that's not only natural and elegant, but often forgoes the need for mascara, eyelash curlers, and beauty tips from Snuffalupagus.
Lori Cohea began her career as a stylist and colorist 15 years ago, and sculpted dos everywhere from salons to make-over television shows. By the time she arrived at Rayfield & Company, she had settled on her specialty as a colorist and her preference in products. Lori uses an all-organic line of coloring agents that are free from ammonia to imbue hair with rich color while leaving cuticles healthy. And her experience hasn't gone unnoticed. Her skilled highlighting and deft tinting earned her a nod from D-Magazine in 2002 as the Best Trend-Setting Stylist at the well-known salon where she worked.
The technicians at St. Tropez Nail Spa stay abreast of advancements in mani-pedi science. In addition to applying acrylic nails, they paint on chip-resistant shellac as an alternative to flakier polishes. They also embellish fingers with NexGenNails, which avoid the nail-bed damage caused by certain acrylics and the distinctive smell caused by painting your nails with expired ketchup. Their services encompass skin treatments as well; a leg mask and exfoliation top off the spa pedicure, and facials and permanent-makeup applications round out the spa menu.
At Tim Jon Salon, stylists recharge their client’s looks with a bevvy of salon and day spa services. Haircuts kickstart beautifying makeovers that are complemented by color treatments and Brazilian Blowouts from products by Kerastase and Shu Uemura. In the day spa, technicians perform waxing and deluxe mani-pedis as well as eyelash extensions. The stylists also offer formal up-dos and bridal consultations to help brides prepare for their big day.