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.
When the team of licensed massage therapists aren’t targeting knots with Swedish, deep-tissue, and myofascial-release techniques, they advise clients on matters of fitness and nutrition. Devout believers in the health benefits of massage, the staff spends much of the time attending conferences and devising new treatments. These treatments sometimes make it onto a list of services selected for their ability to help reduce cellulite, release endorphins, and ease digestive problems caused by accidentally swallowed car keys.
Dr. Cheryl D. Bansal, a board-certified dermatologist, helms Medical & Aestheitc Dermatology, working to beautify the body’s largest organ—the skin—with a variety of treatments. Visitors can log some time in a light-therapy booth, inside which narrow-band UVB waves penetrate patients’ skin, alleviating conditions such as psoriasis and vitiligo. Instead of working over clients with a dough roller, Dr. Bansal can smoothen wrinkles with injections of Botox, Restylane, and other dermal fillers, or even remove moles.
Erica Loren has a passion for skincare that she has pursued ever since earning an aesthetician's license in 2004. She now holds a dual license in standard and medical aesthetics after years working with prestigious doctors in the Washington, DC area. In her eponymous spa, she draws on these experiences to share her aesthetic talents with stressed clients. Loren continually seeks out new training to learn the best ways to remove unwanted hair with organic wax or moisturize and detoxify the skin with fine mud grains and seaweed wraps. She sets facial skin aglow using products from G.M. Collin and the clinically validated Jan Marini Skin Research. Using the FDA-approved derma roller, Loren can also reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and cellulite by way of microneedling, which pesters collagen on a cellular level until it finally gets back to work.
Couture Hair Expressions' stylists view their services not just as hair treatments, but also as clients' investments in their inner and outer beauty. The stylists encourage holistic beauty and believe that improvement of overall health can help a person look and feel their best. Each appointment, whether it's for a blowout or conditioning treatment, a simple cut or a full cut, color, and style package, they work with clients to ensure they know what to expect during the process, and how to care for their look after leaving the salon. Staff aestheticians beautify clients' skin in a similar fashion using the ilike organic skin care line from szép élet which is created from organically grown and handpicked herbs. They offer post-treatment techniques to extend their effects, such as suggesting particular creams to reduce acne and avoiding naps in garden ponds to escape that pruney skin look.