At Sassy Salon & Spa, the staff transforms exteriors with styling products from brands such as Moroccanoil, TIGI, and Redken—as well as OPI polishes and Mirabella makeup. Stylists snip and style strands into flattering formations, while massage therapists spirit clients back to a moss-toned, private room for Swedish, deep-tissue, or sports massages. Hanging drum lights spill a warm glow over the gleaming hardwood floor as guests admire their increasingly beautiful reflections in the full-length, ornately framed mirrors. In the lobby, a stylish black-and-white armless chair sits in contrast against exposed brick walls.
Often when an eyebrow threader removes unwanted brow hair, they hold one end of the cotton thread in their mouth. But at Wow Brows!, threaders actually tie the thread around their neck, a technique that has been deemed by threading regulators in North Carolina to be more sanitary. In addition to shaping brows without disturbing the topmost layer of skin, hair-removal experts banish fuzz from all over the face.
The seasoned stylists at Options Hairstyling Inc. polish exteriors from the top of the head to the tip of the toe with a full menu of hair, nail, and waxing services. Stylists pull products from Bed Head, Matrix, and Sebastian as they snip locks into chic cuts, sweep them into elegant updos, or bestow dimension in the form of full or partial foil highlights. Vegetable dye safely tints brows and lashes to add deep drama that won't run in the pool or ruin eyes' waistlines, and Mirabella Beauty mineral-based pigments allow the salon's makeup artists to control color and coverage as they lead lessons in perfect application. Alongside shelves stocked with retail styling products, the salon also displays an array of homemade hair accessories and costume jewelry fashioned by artisan crafters, helping customers find the perfect finishing touches for their fresh new looks.
Vintage lamps cast a soft glow on the window-paneled doors and eclectic artwork hanging throughout Kim Solip's Salon & Day Spa, giving the all-purpose beauty retreat a comfortable, homey vibe. A warm greeting from the friendly hairstylists, waxing pros, and nail technicians makes clients feel even more welcome before the staff sets to work transforming their appearances. Stylists change the hues and textures of hair or add layered depth with extensions. When they aren’t meticulously trimming and shaping nails, technicians soothe skin with exfoliating masks, dips in warm paraffin wax, and papier-mâché mittens of Chicken Soup for the Soul essays.
Helping people let go of pain and stress is what drives Christian Maldonado’s massage practice. As clients relax atop a heated table, he pulls from modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, and trigger-point therapy to lull them into a relaxed, worry-free state. Christian also teaches clients how to perform these techniques on others during couples-massage classes.
Though eyelashes are quite small, learning to apply them can be quite a big undertaking. Each aesthetician at SOHO Lashes has endured numerous hours of training through Xtreme Lashes, learning how to darken and lengthen eye fringe in a manner that is comfortable, natural looking, and safe for the eyelashes. Available in various lengths and colors, the synthetic strands are applied one by one using a lightweight, waterproof adhesive that doesn't touch the skin. And since the false lashes are bonded to the real ones, they fall out in accordance with the natural growth cycle. Depending on the desired fullness, application can take anywhere from one to two and a half hours to complete; though afterward, clients can look forward to saving time each morning since they won't need to apply mascara or perk up limp lashes with a daily pep talk.
In addition to applying lash extensions, the aestheticians enhance features with more traditional cosmetics and remove unwanted hairs with waxing services. Groups of gals can come in for bridal makeovers or to get ready for other big events, such as school dances where everyone just stands around awkwardly.