At Michael Helene Salon Gallery, clients don’t just get a haircut—they are immersed into an experience. Upon arrival to the sun-soaked studio, clients embark upon a tour of the beautifying emporium, where they meet the staff and take in the luxurious accents of the space, such as ornately framed mirrors, pristine white walls, and verdant plants with retro pompadours. After they settle in, one of the amiable stylists—steeped in the salon’s foundation of education, personalization, consultation, and beautification—indulges them in their chosen treatment from a list of services including long-hair shaping, all-over color, and special-occasion updos, all referred to by the staff as hair artistry. “We see the client as our artistic medium, and the salon is actually the gallery,” explains Michael Helene, the titular owner who draws from her stints styling for the films Pirates of the Caribbean and Cold Mountain to make each of her clients feel like a star.
Though everyone ages, the professionals at Ageless Beauty Skincare Clinic make sure their clients do so not only gracefully, but seemingly invisibly. Through a variety of non-surgical services such as chemical peels, multivitamin facials, and wrinkle lifts, the staff greatly reduce signs of aging, such as fine lines and skin spots. They also employ lasers and a rolled up newspaper to treat spider veins and tighten skin.
Seasoned vascular surgeons Dr. Garth Rosenberg and Dr. Paul McNeill lead a knowledgeable staff in de-cluttering capillary-laced calves with contemporary sclerotherapy treatments at Capitol Vein and Laser Center. Experts destroy spider veins' superficial matrices of red, blue, and purple across legs by injecting slender microneedles under the skin to rapidly dispense a potent medication. The minimally painful sessions last 10–30 minutes depending on the number of areas treated and length of time needed for legs to achieve closure with their departing blemishes. Patients require zero downtime after the treatment and can promptly ditch the earplugs they used to keep legs' choruses of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” from keeping them up at night. In out-of-office hours, Dr. Rosenberg and Dr. McNeill indulge an altruistic streak with a community scholarship fund and overseas pro bono medical care.
At Vitality Center, the staff melts away the strains and stresses of the day as they beautify clients with spa pedicures, deep facial cleansing, waxing, and hair styling. More than merely polishing up each patron's outer beauty, spa technicians and specialists help their clients achieve inner peace and serenity with chakra balancing, hypnotherapy, and life coaching. In addition to helping their guests look dapper and feel well through makeovers and empowering self-affirmation, Freya Day Spa’s team can relax and unwind clients’ tensed muscles with Reiki, hot stone, Swedish, and aromatherapy massages.
Though crystal chandeliers, spiraling granite countertops, and glass waterfalls lend Four Seasons Salon & Spa an elegant air, its true indulgences are reserved for its pampered clientele. Licensed staffers administer a potpourri of services ranging from artificial nail enhancements to manicures and pedicures with hot stone massages. They also offer relaxing rubs in the form of deep tissue, Swedish, and lava stone, a relaxing alternative to leaning against an active volcano.
Over in the salon, stylists tint brows, enrich eyelashes with extensions, and rejuvenate dos with perms or thermal straightening. Along with restyling hair, staffers can remove unwanted portions of it with waxing services and laser removal procedures. In addition to everyday pampering, Four Seasons' staff devises extra soothing and beautifying treatments for special occasions such as proms, weddings, and anniversaries.
Board-certified surgeon Dr. David Berman sculpts bodies with 30–120 minutes of deftly wielded laser light, melting away fat in minimally invasive surgical procedures. The Cynosure SmartLipo TriPlex employs a laser fiber inserted under the skin to rupture fat cells while gently heating the dermis to tighten and stimulate collagen growth. The small size of the fiber minimizes swelling and bruising caused by more invasive procedures, and local anesthesia keeps treated areas from feeling pain or being vulnerable during posttreatment tickle fights.