For more than 16 years, MB Skincare aesthetician Minan has worked to improve clients' appearances with advanced treatments. Among her specialties are waxing, eyelash extensions, and chemical peels that smooth complexions and diminish fine lines or blemishes. Patrons may also opt for services such as back facials with Dead Sea mud or Parafango body wraps that smooth away cellulite.
Island Glow looks more like an upscale day spa than a typical tanning salon. Ornate cabinetry, plush leather sofas, and boutique jewelry fill the spacious front waiting area. Upon arrival, a member of Island Glow's staff leads guests to one of the facility's private treatment rooms where clients choose from four different levels of tanning beds or opt for a customized, organic spray tan. They also offer a new, super express spray tanning solution that allows clients to shower in as little as one hour instead of the traditional 12-15 hours. Each member of the team is Smart Tan-certified, a distinction that means they've undergone a rigorous training program and can recite the alphabet backwards. They also help people look and feel their best by offering other treatments including teeth-whitening services, massages, and facials.
In 1993, Les Arthur Bauman finally realized his dreams of opening his own salon, which he called Arturo's. He had two stylists, some shears, and not much else, but he worked hard to build the business. While he got the salon up and running, his son, Jes Bauman, became the second generation of the family to pursue hair as art, pursuing an education in New York. Eventually, Jes returned to Orlando to help his father and, ultimately, to take over the studio. He renamed the business J. Bauman Salon, but he preserved the family tradition of expanding the customer base, one expertly cut head of hair at a time.
To date, Jes has accrued more than 20 years of experience and has built up a talented stable of more than 20 stylists. His team constantly snips, colors, and extends hair at 17 stations spread throughout the now-upscale salon. The decor has matured alongside the business. It blends dark hardwood floors with high ceilings fitted with bright, recessed bulbs, which are ideal for helping stylists focus on their work rather than those mysterious shadows looming in the corner.
As co-owners of Trend Studios Orlando, Matthew Bengston and Anthony Cortes have cultivated a business that reflects their own areas of expertise. Matthew brings his skills as a stylist to the hair salon, where he and his team cut men’s and women’s hair, add highlights, and lengthen locks with extensions. For his part, Anthony draws on his talents as a teeth-whitening and airbrush-tanning specialist to oversee those branches of the studio. Both Matthew and Anthony go out of their way to ensure a comfortable experience for clients: Anthony’s airbrush tans, for example, employ an Evolv. Sidekick tanning system that warms up its tanning solution before gently misting skin. For the spa services in which they do not specialize, Matthew and Anthony employ a knowledgeable staff that performs massages, waxing treatments, and a cappella renditions of the spa’s relaxing soundtrack.
Epic Skin Care owner Cymone Charles recognizes that everyone’s skin is different, varying in color, type, texture, and tone. That's why she uses botanical-based Bioelements products to create a diverse array of facials. The women’s signature facial softens and smoothes the skin with a high-frequency treatment and the back treatment clears up the skin on the shoulders so that clients can wear backless pajamas to work with confidence. There's even a men’s signature facial that banishes breakouts and ingrown hairs with a deep pore cleansing. Epic Skin Care’s other spa services are equally adaptable: Aestheticians wax 20 distinct face and body areas on both men and women, and nail specialists perform manicures and pedicures that can be enhanced with aromatherapy soaks and coconut-mango foot and leg massages.
Cheetah spots, Mondrian squares, rainbows, and slices of watermelon bedeck fingertips beautified by Angela Nails And Spa's trio of aestheticians, who lavish guests with an array of services for nails and skin. As music wafts through the softly lit salon, raised baby-blue pedicure chairs dangle guests' feet into basins swirling with warm water. Layers of wax whisk away unwelcome hair, and facials rejuvenate weary complexions. At a vanity table covered in palettes, powder puffs, and pots of rouge, the resident makeup artists put on best faces for brides, groups of bridesmaids, and teenagers en route to black-tie SAT-testing sites.