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.
After 10 years of snipping and styling locks, Hair Kingdom's staff remains convinced that your cut should reflect your character. To ensure that each trim and coloring service is in tune with their client's personality, the style experts start every appointment with a consultation, discussing daily habits, personal hobbies, and aesthetic tastes. Armed with a concrete idea and mousse statuette of a desired look, they then start snipping away.
Though the experienced staff members handle updos and multidimensional color treatments with finesse, they can also paint nails and wax brows for a well-rounded makeover. Their cosmetic artistry can benefit charity if guests choose to shed 8 inches of hair, which the salon donates to Locks of Love through its complimentary program.
Five-time Best of Chesapeake Gold–winner Ron Paul Salon & Day Spa enlivens weary faces with a wealth of rejuvenating skincare services. Perfect for a lunchtime appointment, the express facial treats pores to a customized cleansing complete with a mask and moisturizer application. The microdermabrasion delves deeper to exfoliate layers of dead skin and reveal fresher strata underneath. This diamond-tipped scrub-down is most effective in a series of five to eight sessions, and can help reduce superficial wrinkles, uneven texture, and the ennui that attends not being asked for ID.
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.
Salon Fusion's experienced styling team and array of custom hair services has earned the salon a place on Virginian-Pilot's Best of Chesapeake lists every year since 2009. Inside the Paul Mitchell signature salon, a row of salmon-colored chairs hosts clients as stylists snip away at their locks in front of wood-frame mirrors. Each treatment, from color retouching and highlights to conditioning treatments or spiral perms, is customized to suit each client's personal style, facial features, and humidity level.
Living up to its name, the physician-supervised Skin Renaissance Clinic gives skin a new lease on life with a full slate of laser and facial treatments. A registered nurse wields Matrix IR technology to blast wrinkles, and slough away imperfections with microdermabrasion and chemical peels. They cull from Obagi and SkinMedica products to lavish faces with anti-aging serums, tapping into the skin’s self-healing and homework-deflecting properties.