When Cecil B. Spa & Laser opened in 1979, it was a makeup studio—origins the team continues to honor to this day. Despite how much the salon has grown, mineral makeup lessons with Jane Iredale cosmetics remain one of the team's touchstones. During a typical session, makeup artists guide clients step by step through creating flattering custom looks that include natural lips or smoky eyes that require no matches.
Today the spa branches out far beyond makeup with a host of wellness and beauty treatments. The spa utilizes the Italian wax Comfort Zone, which promotes slower and finer hair growth. Massages, for example, range from classic Swedish kneads to Western Thai massage, a mix of pressure point work and stretching. Laser beauty services, meanwhile, include laser hair removal and a cocktail of laser treatments designed to nonsurgically produce the look of a facelift.
Housed within a sleek and modern space, Gallery-The Spa remains unwaveringly committed to time-honored spa treatments that put clients at ease while highlighting their natural beauty. The spa's technicians perform a wide variety of nail treatments, gussying up fingers and toes with classic mani-pedis, soothing paraffin dips, and decorative nail art. Beyond digits, the spa?s aestheticians pamper clients head-to-toe with everything from nourishing facial treatments to full-body massage therapy.
Professional-grade products give the staff members the tools they need to safely and effectively treat an array of cosmetic concerns. To help clients address these concerns at home, Gallery-The Spa stays stocked with products such as Dermalogica skincare balms and chip-resistant Gelish nail polishes, which can last as long as three weeks, much like a pre-Internet debate about President Andrew Jackson?s middle name.
The staff at Soulful Nail Studio keep their focus on two things: the hands and the feet. Their nail treatments run from standard to exotic, incorporating plant extracts from such far-off places as Africa and the Caribbean. Services can be as elaborate as the deluxe Soul spa mani-pedi—which includes an aromatherapeutic foot soak, moisturizing mask or paraffin treatment, hand massage, and polish application—or as simple as a quick change of polish color.
Abenz Day Spa & Boutique displays a range of environmentally friendly products made by the Hungarian company Éminence. Shot through with organic and hand-picked fruits, vegetables, and herbs sourced from small farms, the chemical-free serums safely cleanse and rejuvenate skin during four relaxing one-hour facials chock full of grapefruit enzymes, cocoa, and paprika.
Yet the nourishing and acne-fighting treatments are only part of what Abenz Day Spa & Boutique has to offer. Staff members also man the serene spa room, where they dissipate stress, tension, and awkward silences between shoulder blades with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages. Meanwhile, skin specialists use warm wax to free limbs, body, and face of superfluous hair. Hints of mango, raspberry, and chocolate scents flood the nail corner, where diligent techs spend up to an hour exfoliating skin and polishing nails during mani-pedis. Free underground parking is available to shelter clients' automobiles from the elements.
High ceilings, exposed pipework, and a pressed-tin ceiling lend Anim Hair & Beauty Studio an industrial feel, and colourful drapery and modern art warm up its stark beige walls. Specializing in extensions, weaves, braids, and relaxing treatments, the studio?s well-trained stylists sculpt hairdos that attract the admiration of passers-by and hair-scaling princes alike. Each staff member completes an in-house apprenticeship and extensive four-week training course before unleashing his or her pampering prowess via salon services, spa treatments, and hair-removal sessions.