Vue Spa & Salon soothes dorsal surfaces with services such as the customized massage, during which tension-excavating hands traipse over musculature, focusing on aches and pains unique to the client's daily stresses and proneness to wild-typewriter attacks. During the bamboo-fusion treatment, massage therapists augment Swedish strokes with wooden tools, rhythmically stroking backs with heated bamboo and rattan wands to melt away residual tension. The spa's soothing blue roomscape and draped windows lend privacy to the massage rooms, letting guests unwind or rehearse karaoke medleys in a serene space.
Mia Anderson––known to most as Mz. Mia––knew she was destined to be a hairdresser at the tender age of 6. In those days, her pretend clients were her cousins and aunts, who weren't the least bit surprised when the adult Mia decided to leave her job as an acquisitions manager and pursue her passion for hair full-time. The experience in the corporate world paid off, though, and today Mz. Mia is the proud owner of Mi Amor Hair Studios Inc., a collection of private suites staffed by independent cosmetologists.
Instead of renting a booth, stylists operate their studios like mini salons and are free to set their own hours and decorate to their taste. Despite their demure size, the private suites have all the amenities of a larger salon, including styling and shampoo stations, dryer chairs, and chic hardwood floors; a communal waiting room allows clients to mingle around a flat-screen TV and arm-wrestle for ownership of the remote control.
Studio 210 Salon founder Sohelia has more than 15 years of experience behind her, but still she shines the spotlight on her coworkers, gushing on the staff page about her salon's "house full of energetic and enthusiastic hair stylists." Her team of makeup artists bring with them their own distinctions, including Catherine, a former model and theatrical costume designer, and Casey, a makeup and hair department head for E! Entertainment. The entire beauty team, working in conjunction with massage expert Kim, devotes themselves to subtle, feature-flattering makeovers or aesthetic overhauls on par with Picasso's shift from his blue period to his burndt-sienna phase.
Each of The Beauty Centre Spa's treatments seems to improve the skin in a different way. Microdermabrasion exfoliates away dead skin cells using a mechanical wand, and PCA peels deliver a similar effect by applying formulas specially blended for mature, sensitive, or dehydrated skin types. Using light therapy, beauty professionals tone and tighten faces, rebuild collagen, accelerate healing, and perform a shadow-puppet show the likes of which ain't been seen since 19-aught-6. Other services emphasize relaxation: during body massages, essential oils drizzle over the back, paving the way for long, soothing kneads.
When stylist Gigi Schools was fresh out of beauty school more than three decades ago, she beautified her clients without the use of keratin, Chi thermal straightening, or many of today’s top brands. Now—sprinkling scalps with professional Bed Head, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell products—she makes use of these modern techniques to achieve a wide variety of classic and trendy looks. Precision cuts, iron works, and coloring services also fall from Gigi’s versatile fingers, with her skill honed over years of conducting hair shows in New York.