Shear Indulgence's pulchritude professionals pride themselves on keeping guests happy by utilizing high-quality products, offering thorough consultations before any service, and giving back to the community. During facials, the aestheticians utilize Repechage, a high-quality skincare line made from nutrient-rich seaweed and botanicals, and during coiffing services, the stylists, who regularly attend classes to keep their skills as sharp as their shears, always conduct thorough consultations before crafting alternative or classic styles. Shear Indulgence further pleases patrons by offering free cuts for chemotherapy patients, discounts for military personnel and senior citizens, and a salon credit for those who recycle empty professional-product bottles at the salon instead of tossing them into a wood chipper.
Twenty-three years ago, Mariska van Emmerik started her beauty career in Australia. Each year since, she has added accomplishments to her professional portfolio, honing her skills by giving skincare classes, consulting with clients, and developing her own product line, Privy Beauty. Mariska’s work has been featured in Ocean Drive magazine, on Mona Lisa touchups, and on the faces of clients who come in for her services, which include signature facials, lash extensions, and permanent-makeup applications. With more than 12 years of experience as a permanent makeup artist, Mariska expertly traces eyelids and lip perimeters to give clients a vivid look that stays put when clients exercise or bob for apples.
The elite troop of stylists and aestheticians at La Tresse by Renee sprinkles patrons with top-name products during services that improve nails' appearances and clients' moods. During the 60- to 90-minute spa mani-pedi, a skilled nail technician shapes unruly talons in a flurry of precision clips. Extremities then bathe in a salt scrub, which sloughs away extraneous cells and rough, flaky patches. Talented fingers massage hands and feet, and hot towels make their nerves tingle with warmth. Paws then slip into a soothing moisture mask that leaves skin as soft as James Taylor’s bathrobe. A coat of polish dresses and strengthens nails for strolls through the yellow pages or fraudulent jaunts across the keys of a player piano.
When walking into CC's Hair Affair, you might catch a faint whiff of ginger, peppermint, or lavender?key ingredients in many of the shop's styling products and shampoos. What you probably won't smell is ammonia, as the team uses ammonia-free Paul Mitchell products for its perms, and a low-ammonia permanent hair color, also by Paul Mitchell, which offers superior gray coverage while conditioning strands with a natural beeswax base. In fact, high-quality Paul Mitchell and Matrix products are used in the majority of the treatments here, each chosen for its ability to help hair look its best without stripping it of moisture or covering it with a lamp shade.
Of course, hair isn't the only thing body part that benefits from the staff's attention to detail. Nail experts lavish attention onto hands and feet during indulgent mani-pedis, while facials reveal smoother, softer complexions, and eyelashes get a boost from extensions.
Blissful Beauty Bar owner Amber Leigh Cole has worked her glamorizing magic on faces and bodies across the country, bringing the success of her original Salt Lake City eye bar––Blissfuleigh Iced––to sister locations in New York. Amber is a certified eyelash-extension specialist and a master aesthetician; her employees all boast similar certifications, and undergo an intensive three-month training before getting the go ahead to enhance exteriors with microdermabrasion, slimming body wraps, and airbrush tanning. House-specialty eyelash extensions are applied individually to the natural lashes, making lash lines look fuller and flirtier without dressing them up in mascara or low-cut cocktail dresses. The team can also dip lashes in a hard coating that adds drama and thickness for four–six weeks, applying it to natural lashes or as an extra enhancer to bottom extensions.