Tress tamers at Unlimited Styles Spa & Salon slather strands with Brazilian Blowout Zero's protein-packed solution to help smooth and manage frizzy manes. During the approximately two-hour treatment, depending on the length of the client’s hair, the formula’s keratin proteins work to smooth and nourish strands without exposing them to harmful chemicals or peer pressure from delinquent straightening irons. Lustrous locks can parade their new look for up to 12 weeks after the treatment, and if left to air dry, curls will keep their curves, forming soft waves like a rippling waterfall made of football fans.
With 25 years of experience in the corporate world behind her, Susan Catenaro channeled her human-resources training in founding Bien-Etre Wellness Centre. Equally as important to her business, though, are her certifications and training in life coaching, hypnotherapy, past-life-regression therapy, and aromatherapy. Today, she and her staff aim to help clients live more holistic lives, with everything from classes on essential oils to sessions in an infrared sauna.
GBS Brows has carved out a niche for its four locations by offering beautification treatments not often found at other salons. While they certainly present standard fare such as facials, massages, and waxing, what sets them apart are their two other treatments; threading and henna tattoos. Threading, an alternative to traditional waxing, uses intertwined pieces of thread to remove and shape facial hair with increased precision. Their India-trained henna tattoo artists can create beautiful, often floral-inspired designs that typically last about two to four weeks, like most grade school plays. Each location's décor showcases its own type of elegance, but they all feature bright colors and pleasant flourishes such as plants and paintings.
Binda Neupane, GBS Browz's founder, hails from Nepal by way of South Carolina. In her homeland, she was inspired to learn the art of threading for hair removal after being exposed to the tradition in a hair salon. In Nepal, the tradition gets passed down directly from generation to generation, like the American tradition of not really knowing whether Alexander Hamilton was a president. Binda took up the trade with enthusiasm, and after learning it from masters and practicing it herself for many years, she opened up GBS Browz. Though the salon's name hints at its brow-shaping specialty, Binda can also render henna body art and improve complexions during facials. For the latter, she might incorporate fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products, or herbs.
Located inside Sun-Rayz Tanning, Derick Steven Hair Studio offers haircuts for men, women, and kids. The savvy stylists also update tresses with partial or full highlights as well as perms. Special occasions get an extra dose of glamour after the stylists create special looks such as braided updos with buns or cascading curls.
At Diva Threading & Jewelry, nimble hands use a strategically wrapped strand of cotton thread to remove hair from the root. This procedure is called threading, and it is used most commonly to sculpt the eyebrows with more preciseness than wax. The staff at Diva—led by threading expert and owner Suman Mishra—performs a handful of other traditional beauty services, including organic facials and henna tattoos.