Karen Laing has followed her love for beautification down many paths, including attending school for aesthetician studies, acting as both beauty queen and pageant judge, and her current profession as a permanent-makeup artist. She meticulously draws on individual eyebrow strokes or enhances peepers with permanent eyeliner with the experience that comes not only from her extensive training, but also from having permanent makeup herself. In addition to makeup, Karen also individually bonds synthetic eyelashes to natural ones to create more lush and dramatic blinks, and treats signs of aging with wrinkle-reduction, sunspot-reduction, and other anti-aging therapies.
Though a staff of more than 25 people swarms around Bella Salon & Spa’s 4,000-square-foot space, the services they perform are always personal. A smile, a wink, and an individual style consultation always greet salon-goers at the outset, before a savvy stylist—armed with Bumble and bumble and L’Oreal Paris products—primps strands with Balmain extensions, ombre highlights, and Brazilian Blowouts.
Elsewhere in the wood accented two-story shop, dedicated aestheticians can be found beautifying bodies with Nufree wax and Dermalogica skincare products. Facials hinge on customizable serums that can combat a range of skin issues, including sun damage, teen acne, clogged pores, and atrophied dimples.
Videll’s Day Spa’s eponymous massage therapist, Videll Long, oversees a staff of professional aestheticians, nail techs, and massage therapists who work together to break new ground in beauty and relaxation. Private rooms replete with plush chairs and pillowy massage tables serve as the background to services such as facials, mani-pedis, waxing, massages, and microphototherapy treatments that tighten and tone skin to reduce age spots. Whether treating patrons one-on-one or alongside friends at group parties, the spa’s specialists pamper bodies with products from top brands such as Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Dermalogica.
Kat Cabrera is a Licensed Master Aesthetician/Mentor at Advanced Skin Care Center and Medspa with more than 20 years of experience in the skincare industry. She spent the better part of 2002?2014 working in a salon environment and owning her own private studio. As a professional makeup artist, she also focuses on eyebrow design through tinting, waxing, and dermaplaning.
Blu Salon and Spa’s earth-toned décor strikes a delicate balance of influences, falling somewhere between the chicness of the fashion world and the modest beauty of the natural world. The stress-free haven’s experienced staff manages to achieve this same balance in each of their services, which account for the latest trends as they enhance the natural beauty of hair, nails, and complexions.
Stylists grasp shears and pace around salon chairs, snipping with a degree of care and precision that befits their level of experience—from the recently anointed masters at Level 1 to the wizened style sages of Level 2. Tucked away in the mani-pedi nook, nail technicians pamper hands and feet before embellishing nails with CND Shellac or OPI polish, or three-dimensional artworks. Aestheticians call upon botanical-based products from A Natural Difference during seven types of facials, and cosmetic artists enhance features with Glominerals' distinctive blend of high-pigmented minerals and antioxidants.
Regardless of their specialties, Blu Salon and Spa’s crew of beautifiers stay keen on the latest trends and techniques by participating in monthly education courses. The relaxing environment cultivated during treatments extends to the spa’s contemporary waiting room, where you can sip on complimentary wine or coffee and share haunting stories of undead skin cells beside the fireplace.
Odyssey Salon and Spa pampers patrons with friendly, personal care in a relaxing environment. Each member of the spa's staff has been trained in the most advanced techniques of the industry, ensuring a soothing and rejuvenating treatment based on knowledge and skill rather than unpredictable magical incantations. Customers can choose from a number of whisker-wiping waxing options, from the chin ($15) to the toes ($20) to a full bikini or facial wax ($35), helping them effectively shed their winter coats in anticipation of the summer's warm weather, beach trips, and Slip 'N Slide commutes to work. Hair havers can also focus on their head-top topiaries with a complete deep-conditioning treatment ($45). Follicular stress is alleviated with a 10-minute scalp massage complemented by a wash and style, leaving hair free of tangles, angst, and lost car keys.