Paul Bennett has spent more than a quarter century honing his cutting and coloring skills, establishing a personal style and gaining the experience to bring customer visions to life. Appointments begin with clients nestling into their chairs amid the studio's modern decor and consulting with their stylist about their 'do. Questions about lifestyle and aesthetic preferences alongside considerations of face shape and hair texture guide hair tamers toward sculpting fresh new looks that avoid cookie-cutter styles such as the flat top or the gingerbread man. Paul Bennett and his team also specialize in coloring and highlighting, mixing up a vibrant palette of shades and hues to pop volume and vigor into hair.
For the electrologists and aestheticians at Elite Electrolysis, beauty starts with smooth, radiant skin. To achieve both, the team combines electrolysis and microdermabrasion treatments to alternately banish unwanted hair and render skin with the youthful radiance it hasn't seen since the day it left the cabbage patch. Rather than short-term solutions such as threading and waxing, electrolysis treatments vanquish all types of hair from all types of skin, virtually guaranteeing permanent removal with multiple visits. Microdermabrasion takes care of brown spots, wrinkles, and acne by sloughing off dead skin cells with ultra-fine crystals.
Marbled floors and a tiled reception desk reflect the glimmer of retro patterned lamps as essential oils perfume the Sweet Serenity Beauty Bar's lobby. Veteran beauty worker Nicole oversees technicians who dab nails with gel and standard OPI polishes, offering the guarantee of a free touch-up if regular polish chips within three days or gel polish chips within seven.
The salon's technicians also beautify skin with organic green-tea products, whisk away hair with hypoallergenic French hard wax, and exfoliate orange rinds from faces with fruit-enzyme peels.
At Joanie Parker Hair Studio, the experience is almost as important as the resulting look: clients sip on chilled glasses of wine or warm cups of coffee before giving themselves over to the salon's stylists, who breathe new life into hairdos with the Redken product line. The stylists are good listeners, adapting each cut, style, and color treatment based on the wishes expressed by the client or the parrot living in the client's raincoat. The staff also remove lip and chin hair, apply makeup, and treat hands with smoothing paraffin.
Dr. Kendra A. Cole, a specialist in medical dermatology, and her partner, aesthetic physician Dr. Louis D. Cole, help patients enhance their outward appearance with state-of-the-art treatments. Less invasive body-contouring options include VelaShape, Thermage, and Ulthera ultrasound skin tightening, which can result in svelte figures that easily shimmy into packed elevators and tuck behind trees during hide-and-seek.
Nationally certified and licensed massage-therapist Pernille Stephens helms Got Your Back Massage & Bodyworks, where she offers a variety of massages. Her modalities include the soothing strokes of neuro-muscular therapy massage, as well as the fierce, muscular targeting of deep tissue massage. Her massages can help remove muscular aches, decrease stress, and increase circulation.