A cast of 20 hairstylists and beauty professionals works within the bright blue walls of Salon Zen, dedicating talent and passion to making clients beautiful and relaxed. Exposed brick and yellow trim pop out against the salon’s otherwise sea-blue decor, surrounding deft hairstylists as they snip, color, and style locks, and treat strands to helpings of Redken and Pureology products as they go. While blow dryers whirl across freshly pruned coifs, nail technicians pamper hands and feet with indulgent mani-pedis and perk up nails with colorful polish or gel enhancements. A private room beckons relaxers to indulge in a Swedish, deep-tissue, or prenatal massage, or lie in wait for an aesthetician to wax away fuzz from the face, bikini line, or mink coat. Deft makeup artists can gussy up features for a night out with expert makeup applications, or can transform pale epidermises into beach-ready physiques with airbrush tanning.
The Palms Salon & Spa owner Wrobyn Tompkins opened her spa to equip patrons in flaunting their natural assets. A proclaimed curly hair specialist, Tompkins strives to enhance natural tress textures with curl-friendly cuts and serums by salon-trusted MopTop and Pureology brands. Her staff of seven stylists can assist clients with troublesome textures or hair loss by fitting and coloring wigs or extending locks past the shoulder with 100% human-hair extensions to conceal clingy pet parrots. Skin-deep treatments at the pampering oasis boast airbrush tans, massages, and facials that elevate a regular day to one that makes each client feel like the best version of themselves.
In the early 1990s, Serenity Massage, Body & Beauty opened as a free therapeutic health clinic, offering massages and reiki services to ailing visitors. Serenity's owner began practicing therapeutic techniques as a result of his lifelong love of martial arts. Today, guests find respite from pain and stress surrounded by textured wall murals that call to mind a serene beach or a riverside retreat. Pretreatment phone consultations allow staff members to become familiar with clients' therapeutic needs before they arrive at the salon, where they'll be greeted with complimentary beverages, relaxing music, and warm cloths. The staff's massage treatments help to treat aches brought about by heavy physical activity or selfless hippopotamus rescues.
Gr8 Massage Spa's beauty personnel attend to inner and outer beauty by diminishing stress and enhancing physical features. Massage therapists ease taut muscles with several modalities, including the barefoot back-walking techniques of ashiatsu. An aesthetician cleanses and smoothes skin with facials and grooms or completely removes hair with waxes. In addition to performing gel-polish manicures, a nail technician honors the beloved tradition of stamping out candles on birthday cakes by lavishing feet with chocolate pedicures.
Sunlight filters in through aquamarine curtains and kisses clients' backs with gentle warmth as they wait to be summoned into one of Chimaera Massage's private treatment rooms. During sessions, certified therapists delve their deft digits into musculature while stressed souls relax beneath crisp sheets and the flickering of candles. As massages unfurl with such techniques as hot stone, Swedish, deep tissue, pregnancy, and trigger point, patients can breathe out excess tension and breathe in sweet aromatherapy, customizable based on preferences and nostril diameter.:
The first modern false eyelashes were made from human hair, commissioned by silent-film director D. W. Griffith so that his starlet’s lashes would touch her cheeks with every soulful downward gaze. Although you may think it’d be hard to improve on these natural materials, in reality, the difference in texture between eyelashes and the stuff that grows from the head would make such extensions look a little strange. Stick-on strips have been available in drugstores for decades, but it wasn't until the mid-2000s that cosmetic scientists developed semipermanent extensions. Also known as grafted lashes, these delicate fibers fuse to the top of pre-existing lashes with pharmaceutical-grade glue, lending eyes a lush, natural-looking fringe without the use of mascara.
As clients lie on a table with their peepers shut for 40–90 minutes, a professional applies artificial lashes strand by strand, carefully bonding them about a millimeter away from the eyelid to avoid any contact with the skin or eye. The lush look stays intact for about two to six weeks—natural eyelashes have a finite lifespan, and when they fall out, they take the extensions with them.
Lash extensions generally come in two varieties: mink and synthetic. Mink extensions are made from sanitized, hypoallergenic hairs collected by brushing live mink, the same petite carnivores whose famously soft fur is prized for a variety of other applications. For synthetic extensions, lab technicians replicate the look and feel of natural hairs by forging lashes from plastic, faux-mink poly fibers, silk blends, or high-quality keraspecific fibers, which are chemically identical to real human hair. No matter the material, extensions should feel comfortable and light as they frame what poets have long called “the windows to the soul” and “the worst part of the face to be poked in.”