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.
Skin Theory's owner and aesthetician, Ariel Simonetti, has been a licensed aesthetician since 2004. In the intervening years, she has focused her skills to become an expert in waxing and skincare. While her specialty is customized brow shaping—she even teaches the art in classes—Ariel ably waxes all areas of the body including arms, legs, and bikini areas. On the skincare side of her business, each of her nine different types of facials includes a massage of the décolletage, arms, hands, and feet. Not one to neglect the ambience in her spa (which is located in the upstairs loft of Jean Claude Salon & Spa), Ariel encourages relaxation with pleasant sounds, soothing aromas, and a willingness to muffle ringing cellphones with wax.
A few hairs may be the difference between a youthful look and a less-youthful one, and aesthetician Kelley Lefebvre wants to close that gap. She uses expert brow-shaping treatments to design arches that seemingly lift the eyes, just as her permanent makeup applications bring flattering color to eyelids and lips. She can even add a beauty mark to your face, saving you the trouble of taping a blueberry to your cheek every morning. Her waxing treatments aren't limited to brows, either—she can clear unwanted hair from the chin, legs, and underarms, among other areas.
Her seven years of work in the beauty industry have also left her with ample skincare skills. Her services range from a 30-minute mini-facial—complete with steam, exfoliation, and moisturizer—to multiple types of chemical peels.
When Lisa Knight opened her second salon, she imbued it with an upbeat ambiance and dubbed it Orange Blossom Salon. Her stylists greet incoming guests with wine before seating them on a tangerine couch surrounded by lime-green walls bedecked with vines and grinning oranges. They then enhance hair with cuts, color, and keratin treatments, using products by Kevin Murphy, Eufora, Davines, and Soma. Stylists also primp patrons with elegant updos and flexible film nail designs by Minx to prepare them for weddings and other special occasions. After their treatments, guests can relax outside on a stone patio, where orange and green adirondack chairs rest under shady strips of canvas and strings of lights singing campfire songs in rounds.
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.
The stylists at Kupala Hair and Beauty Studio know how important it is to stay ahead of the curve in a highly creative industry. They scour fashion magazines and runways for sources of inspiration, re-creating the looks they find for their delighted clients. To do so, they rely on their experience to cut hair and enhance it with vibrant color or highlights.