A row of silver-framed mirrors sits before the styling chairs at Hairloom, providing an element of understated luxury. There's nothing understated about the menu of services, however—using L'Oréal Professionnel products, the salon’s team of hair wizards performs complex coloring services, including ombre highlights and color correction, and chic cuts. For those seeking something simpler, stylists braid, curl, straighten, and pin locks into fetching styles or hair sculptures.
For as long as Lisa Johansen can remember, she's always had a passion for beauty. What began as a childhood infatuation with styling her own hair and nails blossomed into a careful path of study that included a 600-hour course in skincare and classes in the use of Murad and Image products. Today, the licensed aesthetician transforms clients out of her own intimate, one-room spa, welcoming them with complimentary champagne and a gentle request to turn off any cell phones or shoulder-mounted boom boxes. The quiet environment allows for optimum relaxation during services such as custom facials and purifying pumpkin peels, and helps lull hair into a false sense of security before it is waxed away from the brows, legs, stomach, or bikini area.
The experienced aestheticians at Nufaces Day Spa have been pampering the community for 16 years and employ botanical extracts and naturally derived products to beautify faces. The pumpkin-enzyme peel packs naturally occurring pumpkin enzymes, antioxidants, and jack-o'-lantern design blueprints into a single formula, which aestheticians use to help lift environmental impurities from the face. As the peel exfoliates away dead skin cells, antioxidants bind to younger skin to help protect it from sun damage, signs of aging, and graffiti artists. At the end of the service, aestheticians rinse the peel away and layer antioxidant nutrients revealing radiant, youthful-looking skin.
Sugar, lemon, and water might not be the first things that come to mind when you think of hair removal, but these three natural components are all that the staff at SugarCoated Skincare need to gently remove unsightly strands. Led by Kristin Fennema, a massage therapist, aesthetician, and sugaring specialist, staff performs sugaring services to get rid of unwanted hairs all over the face and body of male and female clients. The sugar serves as a natural exfoliant, leaving skin silky smooth and removing even short hairs. Kristin and her team also pamper clients with services such as personalized massages and antioxidant facials that incorporate kiwi, lemon, or pomegranate. In all the spa’s services, staff work to nourish the skin, leaving it feeling rejuvenated and craving an after-dinner mint.
In their brand-new spa facility, Natural Skin Science’s experienced aestheticians pamper clients using natural, organic products free of chemical preservatives, parabens, sulfates, artificial colors, and fragrances. Before custom anti-aging facials, aestheticians scrutinize faces in order to personalize courses of treatment and determine their celebrity doppelgängers. Aestheticians recommend appropriate treatments from Natural Skin Science’s menu of cleansing and exfoliating services, or create custom concoctions of products to soothe and revive visages. After the facial, a massage eases aching backs or relaxes hardworking hands and faces, and a dermaplaning treatment exfoliates dead skin cells and smooths away fine facial hair, which can trap dirt and oil on the skin or force clients to over-empathize with peaches. Afterwards, aestheticians finish freshened faces with a custom hydrating product to leave the skin soft, smooth, and moisturized.
Jennifer Whittaker's more than 20-year career has seen stints with Lancôme Cosmetics, her launch of Philosophy Skincare, and finally professional licensing as an aesthetician. Together with stylist Regina Lucas, Jennifer designed Bombshell Salon in a style that she defines as “urban chic”—white walls, black-framed mirrors, industrial ceilings, touches of exposed brick. The modern confines hint at the equally trendy hairstyling services in which the styling team specializes, services that include hair straightening, skincare, eyelash extensions, and—for the discerning, frequently head-butted client—titanium eyelash extensions. For each service they wield Kevin Murphy hairstyling products, an acclaimed line previously featured in Real Simple, Glamour, and InStyle magazines.