At SoVA Laser, the certified laser technicians rely on one tool for their cosmetic treatments: Alma Lasers’ Harmony XL machine. The high-tech laser can be used to remove unwanted hair and minimize the appearance of spider veins or sun spots. To prevent discomfort, IN-Motion technology helps create a steady, controlled stream of laser energy.
The fully glass exterior of Aroma Spa exposes the glowing dispositions of staff members bustling between a reception desk and coffee-hued armchairs in the waiting area. Dark cherry cabinetry contrasts polished wood floors and shelves loaded with products from Matrix, OPI, and Bioelements. Dreamy sighs drift from private rooms for body wraps and massages, serving as an aural backdrop to black salon chairs standing in front of mirrors as though they were filled with vain ghosts. Throughout pampering services, patrons sip piping-hot coffee, and full-day spa-goers nibble on a complimentary lunch or dinner amid mint-green walls.
Inside Le Rouge Hair Lounge, there's a portrait of a woman in Marie-Antoinette-style garb with a tall gray wig and a powdered face. This old-fashioned glamour extends to the rest of the salon's decor: A gold chandelier hangs overhead, and near the portrait, a French-style sofa and two vintage wingback chairs surround a curio cabinet. The cabinet is stocked with Redken products, and there's a boutique area featuring a collection of baubles and handbags. Step into one of the styling stations, and you can watch as a skilled stylist does up your hair in an ornately framed mirror. At the back of the salon, there's a vanity table filled with glo minerals makeup products, and you can roast plastic marshmallows over a faux fireplace.
The staff at Hawaiian Bronze makes sure that clients use the right bed and products for their skin with a level of care that hasn't gone unnoticed. Playboy and Maxim model Nikki Cantell, an occasional customer, says, "I love Hawaiian Bronze, I've tried so many salons over the years and all I did was burn. At HB, they clearly use top-of-the-line machines and offer the best lotions for my sensitive skin."
The salon's collection of beds includes lie-down and standup units, tanning contraptions just for the legs or face, and a powerful 360-degree Italian-made model. Airbrush artists spritz on natural-looking hues in less than three minutes, and red light therapy stimulates skin to produce natural smoothing collagen. Infrared body wraps also help get bodies ready for trips to the beach or attempts to climb through silhouette-shaped holes in the wall from high school.
In English, Bella Corpo translates to “beautiful body,” and that’s exactly what the spa and salon’s staffers hope to help patients achieve. Their services range from traditional skincare—facials, anti-aging peels, and microdermabrasion—to infrared body wraps, which can flatten cellulite and tighten skin as patrons lie within a cozy, cocoon-like encapsulation.
Though Betty Chan grew up in New York—an epicenter of fashion and beauty—she didn't discover her passion for makeup until college. She made her foray into the industry through promotions and advertising work, and along the way, she primped models for New York Fashion Week and charitable events hosted by Avon and the American Cancer Society. Betty also participated in two events for The Knot, an online wedding planner that helps brides pick their venues, set their budgets, and choreographer their wedding food fight. Today, she works as a freelance makeup artist for MAC cosmetics and utilizes the products to bring out the best in each client.