Nearly three decades of experience in the beauty industry has only increased the passion of licensed electrologist Frida Ben-Hanan. "I love my work because I get to make people look beautiful, and, more importantly, feel comfortable within their own skin," she says. Her aesthetic studies have led her to Brazil and Israel, and her passion for electrolysis hair removal eventually expanded to permanent makeup. Keeping clients safe with a bloodborne-pathogens certification, Frida is adept at blending several colors into one natural-looking color for flawless looks on lips, eyes, and eyebrows. She uses digital machinery to fill in the faces of women and men who are allergic to makeup, are constantly on the go, or have lost their hair from alopecia, chemotherapy, or other ailments. She augments her specialties of electrolysis and cosmetic tattooing with waxing, facial treatments, and peels, all performed in welcoming treatment rooms festooned with bright colors, billowing curtains, and animal prints inspired by nature's intricate tattoo work on the cheetah and zebra.
Aesthetician and Brazilian native Andrea aims to improve the arduous waxing process by implementing a special blend of 100% pure organic honey and hypoallergenic Brazilian honey wax. Client testimonials attest to Andrea’s easygoing nature and her wax’s ability to mitigate the discomfort and irritation associated with traditional waxing while leaving skin soft and smooth following each session. For any given session, Andrea also promotes cleanliness by using individually sanitized glass bowls and encouraging clients to wash their hands before and after mud-wrestling matches.
Within Simbiotica Salon, Skin Connection owner and experienced medical aesthetician Karen Dafesh-Galpin designs custom skincare regimens for men, women, and teens. Patrons can opt for treatments such as smoothing microdermabrasion sessions, Revitalight photofacials that trigger skin's collagen production, or waxing services to remove unwanted fuzz. A retail section stocked with skincare products by brands such as Dermalogica and Epicuren Glymed gives visitors access to the same products used in spa treatments.
West Coast Cuts and Colors provides hair services for men, women, and children. Men's buzz and clipper cuts and fades abound, and women's manes are pampered, whether they are coming in for highlights, weaves, or roller sets. West Coast Cuts and Colors' patrons leave looking good and feeling good, too?the salon works with Locks of Love, which makes custom wigs from haircuts' orphaned tresses.
The four ornate chandeliers don't match, and neither to do the finely crafted wood workstations with large vanity mirrors that populate the salon floor. This mix-and-match decor reflects the variety of skills and personalities of the team that makes up Divine Salon. These professionals do share a few things in common, of course—they're all people persons and artists in their fields. And they have abundant experience and training. For instance, Bruff Brigham has been styling hair for 30 years, and Kim Cohen took classes at the Redken Exchange in New York. Their personal touches become apparent when rendering services such as fashionable cuts and skin-nourishing facials.
And to the staff, it's all about expression—whether they're painting nails with custom artwork or adding a touch of color to eyelashes. It's also about giving the best presentation to each client's personality and lifestyle. A makeup application can draw out playfulness while a new hair color can announce change such as a new career as a human paintbrush. Whatever the occasion, they're sure to work closely with each client.