After proving herself a dedicated employee of Patrick's Hair Design throughout two decades of outfitting patrons with signature hairstyles, Jodie Gil purchased the salon and undertook a full renovation to amp up the atmosphere with modern amenities. Today, a 25-person staff consists of hair artists, nail techs, and skin specialists, who boast years of experience in their respective fields and knowledge of cutting-edge techniques. Along the row of flatteringly lit styling stations, clients communicate their coiffure needs to help stylists shape and color their locks, and nail techs adorn digits in OPI and Essie polish at the plush, spa-like nailcare station. Facials are customized to suit individual skin types and are available in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute versions, and massages are available in six different modalities.
The owners of Farashé the Day Spa designed it with the feng shui elements of water, fire, metal, wood, and earth in mind. It makes for a fitting setting, since the treatments that take place there, like feng shui, draw from ancient Eastern healing philosophies. These Ayurvedic treatments range from scalp massages that stimulate the senses to applications of warm oils that separate clients from the lampposts to which they’ve frozen their foreheads. Aestheticians also perform Western spa treatments including facials with Dermalogica or GM Collin products. During body treatments, therapists draw from natural ingredients, such as mineral salts and sea mud, which clients then wash off with a massaging Vichy shower. Treatments take place amid the arched doorways and draped gold silk curtains that mark the spa’s Indian- and Moroccan-influenced decor.
Ever since she was a young girl, Sonia Singh knew she wanted to be an aesthetician. After years of study and training, Sonia teamed up with dermatologist Dr. Anita Henderson to begin offering med-spa services. Today, the aestheticians beautify and educate clients about how to keep complexions as radiant as a flashlight powered by hope. They apply Dead Sea mud and seaweed wraps to fortify skin with natural botanicals and nutrients, all of which are explained in detail during treatments. They dispense this knowledge with the backup beats of the spas' soft music, which often accompanies soothing aromatherapy treatments.
I-Surgeons's team of physicians oversees a range of sight-restoring laser treatments. LASIK and PRK, the main laser eye surgeries at the practice, enhance visual acuity in patients suffering from myopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia, and the treatments use three different lasers to reshape corneas of varying thicknesses. To determine if patients are eligible for these surgeries or in possession of superpowers, a doctor examines eyes during free consultations that measure corneal thickness and pupil size. The surgeons also turn their eye expertise to blepharoplasties to correct drooping upper lids or puffy under-eye bags. They fight wrinkles around the eyes, between the eyebrows, and on the forehead with Botox and Dysport injections.
When Hari Priya and Darshna Patel left their salon after 12 years and moved from India, they decided to continue to share their beauty practices across the seas. At Radhika’s Day Spa, they help make customers beautiful with ancient Indian practices, including removing unwanted hair by using a twisted thread that pulls each strand from its root. For more delicate areas, including the bikini area or the shoe area, they use warm wax to remove hair. To remove dirt and oil from pores, the duo uses Indian herbal facials that may include fruit, vegetables, or gold. Customers can also stop in to obtain beautiful henna tattoos that leave intricate designs on the hands in celebration of a wedding, birthday, or accident-free trip to the day spa.
When licensed massage therapist Dhanushka Gamage sees the body, he envisions a vertical line that runs down the middle of it. It’s this line he to which he attempts to realign the body in order to better stand up to gravity and maintain posture. This technique, called structural integration, is one of eight different massage modalities from which Dhanushka draws in alleviating soft tissue ailments, release tension, and recover from injury.
NovaLash-certified extensionist Gail Hallman, a graduate from the Von Lee International School of Aesthetics, is well versed in the art of applying eyelid fringe. The semi-permanent, individual, synthetic lashes are designed to resemble a naturally curled lash and respond better to wear and tear (flirty winks, marathon crying sessions) than any other material. Lashes vary in length and thickness.