If you've watched the Emmy Awards recently, you've seen the work of stylist Jason Ashkenazi, who can take credit for more than a few of that ceremony's celebrity 'dos. But long before Jason ever got close to famous tresses, he practiced his craft for years in New York and Los Angeles. Today, he continues to lend his talents to fashion events, editorial photo shoots, and secret Illuminati meetings attended by Hollywood's biggest stars.
A licensed cosmetologist with more than 25 years of experience, Ceci Sahm opens the Spanish-style doors of the Morning Sky Salon to clients craving luxurious beautifying treatments performed with certified organic products. In the 20-minute Intermezzo facial, Yonka Paris products moisturize and refresh skin with a soft, aromatic flower-and-fruit gel, leaving cheeks supple and elastic enough to store an entire winter's worth of acorns. As a meticulous manicurist sculpts and paints nails, patrons' eyes can wander over the salon's Spanish-colonial-revival architecture and courtyard fountain. Children can romp in a shady play area in the courtyard, boxing their shadows or reciting famous poems backwards to reprogram all nearby English lit majors' minds.
Since 2004, Spirals Salon has specialized in cutting and treating naturally springy hair, though the highly accredited staff expertly services all hair types, including straight and writhing Medusean serpent strands. The Brazilian Blowout treatment especially caters to wavy, curly, frizzy, or damaged hair, coating each hair shaft with an enchanting brew of nutrients, proteins, polymers, and pixie tears, all to smooth jagged cuticles. The stylist first shampoos locks with anti-residue shampoo before a vigorous towel drying. Next, the mollycoddled mop is sectioned and dusted with a gentle, ghost-free solution. Happy head-hedges are then blow-dried straight, flat-ironed, rinsed, coated with a 60-second conditioning masque, and smoothed and dried again. After 90 minutes in the chair, the customer sashays out the door with a swishy mane that stays super sleek for up to 12 weeks. Blow drying and flat-ironing become a thing of the past, like a Studebaker fueled with pulverized Dodo eggs.
Spa NiVa pampers and beautifies every part of the body with a full service menu that incorporates treatments for skin care, massage, nails, and waxing. Using medical-grade skin care products, skin specialists clear pores and banish impurities with facials, peels, and dermaplaning, a treatment that scrapes away dead skin cells and peach fuzz with a surgical blade. Waxing treatments smoothen skin by removing hair with warm wax and microscopic landscapers who pull weeds from the roots. Nail technicians decorate fingers and toes with shellac polish or soften skin by dipping appendages into paraffin wax. Meanwhile, licensed massage therapists use kneading techniques and various degrees of pressure to alleviate stress, stiffness, and secretly being an invertebrate double agent.
Yolanda can calm the wildest of hair using a smoothing treatment that infuses strands with keratin, a type of protein that lends natural hair its structure. Yolanda works alongside a team of beauty professionals who cut and color hair, wax away unwanted fuzz, and wrap clients in spearmint or seaweed. They also provide a variety of nail services, including mani-pedis, gel-polish applications, and acrylics.
Eclipz Hair Studio Spa is a full-service beauty oasis whose mani-pedi maven has been sprucing cuticles and doting on nail beds for more than 25 years. Pampering begins with a beguiling sugar scrub, just rough enough for bad-boy-loving dry skin cells to pack up and run away with it. Hydration, relaxation, and Halloween ensue, with hand masks and a pedal-paraffin treatment that envelops feet in a cocoon of warm waxen bliss. Eclipz also provides myriad hues of OPI polishes to swathe convex keratin caps in luxurious coats of pigmented polish.