"We're not interested in running an assembly line. Every customer is given all the time needed to achieve their desired result," explains TaNesha, owner of Solace Hair and Esthetics Studio. But customers aren't just given time; they're pampered from the moment they enter the studio, when they're handed a glass of lemon-infused spring water. Beyond its homey doors, Solace offers makeup services, facials, and waxing, and each service is lavished on guests in an attentive and individualized style. TaNesha is also the woman behind the T. Barnes Beauty Group, a collective of aestheticians, massage therapists, nail technicians, and makeup artists who provide mobile beauty services wherever they're needed.
At Newtown MediSpa, Dr. David Hendricks and his staff do all they can to keep skin looking healthy. They refresh it with beauty injections such as Botox and Juverderm, revamp it with facials and chemical peels, and streamline it with laser hair removal or waxing. In addition to skin-focused med-spa treatments, they offer traditional spa services such as Swedish massages and the Swedish massage's rival, the Norwegian back scratch.
Cara Bartkus is never in a rush. Long before opening her own spa, she first attended the Institute of Aesthetic Arts & Sciences, then became a certified aesthetician, and later worked at several spas to gather all the experience necessary to become a well-rounded aesthetician. She also augments her treatments by laying candles throughout the small spa space and by using Eve Taylor products made with organic essential oils.
Body hair doesn't wait long enough to grow back, for sure, but for more than two decades, Rosemary has helped keep it at bay. From her studio located inside Fringe 125 Salon, she helps both men and women maintain smooth skin wherever unwanted hair resides, from the bikini line to the upper lips. In addition to waxing, Rosemary transforms faces by tinting eyelashes, applying make-up, and teaching clients how to use their own cosmetics for something other than painting self-portraits on the mirror.
Though D. Joseph Salon has been in business for more than 35 years, its services aren't exactly old school. The salon's staffers lengthen locks with extensions, add glamour to eyelashes with NovaLash strands, and smooth and straighten hair with Brazilian Blowouts, Keratin Complex, and Japanese straightening treatments. Of course, they temper their trendier treatments with traditional hairstyling: men’s and women’s cuts, highlights, and powdered-wig re-powdering. The salon also has an on-staff wig specialist to help clients select and fit the proper hairpiece, as well as a stylist well-versed in multicultural hair textures.