Inspired by childhood playtimes spent giving manicures to her aunts and sisters, cosmetologist Madeleine Rajkovich opened Madeleine Salon & Spa to finally realize her lifelong passion for beauty. Continuing education is the backbone of Rajkovich's business, and she regularly attends conferences to stay up-to-date on new techniques, products, and uses for leftover cucumbers. The multilingual salon offers everything from haircuts and highlights to mani-pedis, microdermabrasions, and cellulite-reducing massages, as well as highly personalized facials that begin with an in-depth skin analysis and end with a moisturizing mask.
Inside the salon, geometric cherry-red chairs create a modern tableau among sleek metal tables and white walls. Green walls, fluted glass-pendant lamps, and landscape paintings evoke a sojourn in the country on the spa side of the business, where body betterments are overseen by framed certifications and vintage portraits of Audrey Hepburn taken before photofacials finally cured her colorless complexion.
Krish, the lead hairstylist, captains a team of experienced beauty gurus who work to ensure that women walk out of Sology at Krish Hair Studio feeling flirty and confident. Krish specializes in keratin smoothing treatments that use a protein-filled serum to leave manes straighter and more manageable. Her fellow stylists bustle around her, performing cut, color, and styling services, and layering extensions to add dimension and texture to drab ’dos. They also dole out hot-oil treatments to heal hair damaged from having enormous magnifying glasses held above it.
Beyond Organic Spa's philosophy is that people are a part of nature, and the best solutions for body and skincare woes are natural ones. With that tenet in mind, the staff pampers clients with eco-friendly beauty services fueled by organic products. As an exclusive partner of Éminence organic beauty products, the spa's services use serums and masks designed to safely tend to skin without harming it with additives or chemicals. The spa's filtered water keeps toxins out of the body, and all towels and linens are cleaned with natural products and detergents to keep pollutants and grass stains out of nature.
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Beach Bum Tanning's high-tech beds, sunless booths, and tailored beauty treatments regularly appear in press outlets such as Allure magazine. The salon's heated Mystic HD booths spritz bodies with vibrant pigment while warming skin to ensure optimal and even color saturation without having to bear-hug King Midas. Certified airbrush artists also implement customized airbrush tans using a combination of fine-point-guided and wide-point-guided guns to shade and contour a custom-tinted tan to the body's curves, bends, and highway overpasses.
At Grasshopper Unisex Full Service Salon, stylists and aestheticians primp and style exteriors within a chic, high-end environment. Armed with products from Goldwell, Nexxus, and other top brands, the staff snips at strands, colors locks, and massages scalps at individual workstations. The salon's décor—which also includes a fireplace and an array of plush pillows—helps to make guests feel like royalty without subjecting them to the pains of being trapped inside a deck of playing cards. For instance, during waxing, massage, and other spa sessions, patrons retire to private treatment rooms lined with fragrant plants and soft, flickering candles.
Within a newly remodeled spa, licensed beauticians trim tresses, shellac nails with CND gel polish, wax away bits of bristle, and assuage tension with massage therapy. Flowers and live plants bloom from nearly every spring-green corner of the salon space and candlelit massage room, and staff members with 10–20 years of experience each coddle bodies and top crowns with the hairstyles of celebrity lions.