It would probably be more efficient to ask Joan Bell Carroll about what she doesn't do. As the founder of Browz Makeup Bar, she is, of course, a makeup artist and aesthetician, but her skill set includes more than just creating a pretty face. She is also a licensed aesthetics instructor, and teaches courses at Browz on basic and advanced makeup artistry, waxing, and even pole and belly dancing. Inside her studio—a chocolate-hued space accented with pops of orange and blue—she hosts a diverse range of events that includes everything from birthday and lingerie parties to photo shoots and dance classes.
But since opening Browz nearly 20 years ago, Joan's specialty has always been brow and makeup services. She and her team can shape brows however clients prefer, whether by waxing, threading, tweezing, or pixellating. They also remove unwanted hair elsewhere with a complete selection of body waxing treatments. They create flawless skin with airbrush makeup applications, and can lengthen lashes with semi-permanent extensions or temporary strip or individual lashes.
Ruby Beauty Center lends Eastern flair to salon and spa services that beautify hands, feet, hair, and skin. Henna imbues manes with rich auburn tones ($25+) or, during mendhi sessions, dapples hands with intricate designs of flowers, leaves, and bar-exam answers ($7+ per hand). Staffers daub away unwelcome whiskers from underarms with powerful wax ($7) or gently twist free visage vines with threading ($20 for full face). A thermo herb facial ($55) undoes the effects of tense muscles and gorgon-staring contests by evacuating pores with warmth and salving skin with botanical ingredients.
A locally owned and operated children's beauty salon, Tortoise & the Hair seeks to provide quality nail- and haircare to younger customers while understanding parental needs. Child visitors to the salon can aim oculars at a selection of German expressionist children's films while receiving their full mani-pedi. The Glamour Girl package introduces pintsize princesses to beauty styling sans industrial marker using a flat iron or full curls, a partial mini manicure, and a royal application of toenail polish.
To Shannon Smith, hair is an art form. For nearly two decades, she has used this art to imbue clients with style and confidence, and she continues that mission today at Sha'Mari Hair Salon. Whether it's a classic cut or a hair-weaving, Shannon and her team give each clip and snip their undivided attention. And because hair can have profound effects on attitudes and self-esteem, they combat thinning hair with treatments and also provide designer wigs upon request.