Not many people would think to perm their eyelashes or slather their faces in caviar to fight signs of aging, but the aestheticians at Beauty Queen help their clients do just that. With more than 10 types of facials, they perform everything from diamond peels to airbrushing skin with a blend of oxygen and anti-aging serum. Though the staff often takes a modern approach, many of their services are still rooted in beauty tradition. They can apply makeup for special occasions or groom nails in express treatments that fly by with the speed of Alex Trebek's beautiful, beautiful mind.
Three thriving locations and a slew of press from outlets such as Teen Vogue and Fox News make a strong case for the success of LaBelle Day Spas & Salons. But the true testament to the salon and spa's success lies, quite literally, in the hands of owner and skincare specialist Bella Schneider. Bella is the winner of the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Crystal Award and has spent almost four decades helping clients including Audrey Hepburn and Michelle Pfeiffer, obtain healthy, glowing complexions.
Her humble European background led her to the salon where she would receive an apprenticeship at the young age of 14. This moment became the catalyst to her skincare career, which included earning an Economics degree in the States before opening the first LaBelle Day Spa and Salon in 1976. And even though she added two more locations by the late 1980's, the mission for each beauty haven has remained the same: to provide European-quality treatments that are science-based.
Bella and her team—which includes her daughter and grandson—use her personally-formulated line of products to ensure effective results during each service, which range from vitamin-infused facials to mani-pedis enhanced by essential oils and advanced body-contouring Endermologie treatments. LaBella's team also guarantees an exceptional experience by offering spa guests a relaxing foot soak. In the salons, master stylists and colorists customized hair services by using advanced balayage and precision cutting techniques, while Pilates instructors teach private lessons so clients can perfect their posture, alignment, and grace.
Stylist Joelle Campbell has a wanderer's spirit and the wide-ranging experience to match. During her initial apprenticeship in Portland, she roamed through some of America's great style houses, taking in training at notable locales ranging from Redken's 5th Avenue salon and Bumble and bumble's Uptown headquarters in New York to Suki's in Vancouver. Opening her own salon in Portland didn't halt her desire for for continued education; after a 10-year stint that led her behind the scenes at Rome International Hair Show, Joelle moved to San Francisco, where she honed her skills as a colorist. Now the principle stylist behind Haute Hair Studio, she still keeps one eye on international trends. When she isn't busy trimming up fashion-forward 'dos, adding flattering color, or easing frizz with Brazilian blowouts, Joelle still finds time to showcase her work on a wider stage; for the past two years, she and her team have prepped models for their runway moments at Vera Wang's annual Ritz-Carleton fashion show.
ModVellum cossets complexions and whisks away unwanted whiskers with an array of facials, peels, waxing, and other deluxe services. An array of products from Supracor, 100% Pure, Malie Organics, and other brands that cleanse and nourish skin in a spectrum of organic, vegan, and biodegradable formulas, free from animal testing, parabens, dyes, kryptonite, and other chemicals. Technicians carefully apply facial peels to remove dead skin cells and assuage sun damage, acne, and ingrown hairs, and absolve faces of impurities with facials containing natural ingredients such as moor mud and grapes. Expert waxers ensure unwelcome strands disappear from bikini lines, eyebrows, legs, and third legs. ModVellum's mix of contemporary and Victorian-inspired furniture, such as mod leather couches, prim gilded armchairs, and polystyrene fainting couches, join rich textiles and sleek shelving to create an eclectic atmosphere.
Inside Thi Spa & Nails, a regal chandelier scatters sparkling light beams across bottles of high-quality products for skin, nail, massage, and waxing services. Nail technicians stand by to shape and shade nails during classic mani-pedis and CND Shellac manicures, which can last for up to two weeks or 14 days, whichever comes first. Facials customized to specific epidermal woes call upon the purifying power of Jan Marini and Dermalogica elixirs, and Novalash extensions cling to indigenous eyelashes. Beautifiers also de-fuzz pampered faces and frames with waxing sessions and heal aching muscles during Swedish and deep-tissue massages. Thi Spa & Nails offers services for both men and women, and gents can peruse a male-specific menu of treatments to keep unwanted follicles off backs, shoulders, and Adam?s apples.
As music plays, white scrims separate Pure Envy Spa Bar?s pedicure stations, where stenciled portraits of Audrey Hepburn hang on sea-green walls. There, visitors plunge feet into baths of dutch cocoa, milk and honey, or water spiked with floating lime slices and mint leaves. Nailcare services are far from the only treatments available?a variety of facials soothe different skin types, and hot stones and oils facilitate massages. Waxing helps remove undesired hair more efficiently than trying to shave with a vegetable peeler. The spa boutique also sells OPI polishes, Yon-Ka Paris skincare products, and gift cards.