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.
Skin is the body's largest organ, say the pros at Anti-Aging Aesthetics, so skincare "is not just about looking good." Serving as a barrier against bacteria and toxins, and bearing the brunt of environmental stressors, skin deserves to be treated kindly and the spa's estheticians rise to that challenge. Facials, LED therapy, peels, and microdermabrasion are among the dermal pampering processes here. There's something for almost every part of the body, like the "back facial" that cleanses dorsal pores and smooths out wrinkled "kick me" signs.
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.