The aestheticians at True Beauty help clients put their best faces forward, devising custom facials that address the unique skincare needs of different men, women, and children through exfoliation and therapeutic masks. Clear-skin programs show clients how they can continue to improve their skin's condition at home when they're not busy realphabetizing their shoe collections.
Pamper Me Spa Lounge's skilled massage therapists and nail technicians put minds and muscles at ease in a calm, quiet atmosphere. Swedish, aromatherapy, and sports massages utilize a combination of lighter and deeper kneads to help increase circulation and put edgy skeletons at ease. Manicures and pedicures include massages of the arms and legs in addition to tidying tips with standard nail lacquer or long-wearing CND Shellac.
A third-generation stylist certified in permanent makeup, eyelash extensions, and MAC cosmetics, Michelle Lea helps her clients to reach their glamour goals with a specialized menu of salon treatments. Three levels of eyelash extensions forge thick, lush lash lines through an individual application process that uses a medical-grade adhesive, ensuring blinkers achieve sultry glances throughout showers, workouts, and butterfly kisses with a sandpaper model.
Michelle can enhance features for even longer by tattooing eyeliner, lip color, or brow contours onto the face to shorten morning makeup routines. For special occasions, Michelle loads up her makeup palette with a selection of MAC cosmetics, customizing them to her subject's skin shade and personal style to create a flawless, glowing complexion that brims with youthful vigor like a bounce house at closing time.
Stylist Lauren Miller specializes in all types of hair. She can relax natural strands, chop them into a sassy bob or shorter do, or style them into twists, locs, and braids; alternatively, she can revamp looks altogether by sewing in natural-looking weaves. Lauren also complements new 'dos with semipermanent eyelash extensions, which pump up the volume and thickness of lashes for sultrier glances.
Riska Crowder's first attempt at cosmetology didn't turn out so well—as a kid, she hacked off her cousin's ponytail and ruined her big sister's make-up. Fortunately, her mother attributed the mishaps to the creative experimentation of youth and encouraged her to continue. That support kindled her passion, helping Riska transition from childhood to career while racking up multiple licenses and degrees in cosmetology along the way.
Despite her own hard work and artistry, Riska still describes her favorite part of her job as "making women happy about their desired look." Today, she earns her fame extending eyelashes one lash at a time with glue-on grafts of materials ranging from faux mink fur to real human hair. She also beautifies the skin with custom make-up applications, teasing out natural beauty with judicious spots of bright color.
One of the first things customers see when they walk into Orange Salon is a bright orange wall of graffiti. It's just one of the eclectic touches at the full-service salon—others include children's toys, colorful apothecary bottles, and a ceramic gnome who sharpens all the scissors at night.
Many stylists here have received professional certifications from top salon brands, such as Wella and Bumble and bumble. And all of them are extensively trained in giving clients cuts and color as kicky as the salon itself. Their dedication to hair has earned them a major reputation around town—D Magazine has praised the "great blowouts" at the "retro and fun" salon.