Twelve-year-old Maria Biundo lifts her little sister onto the top of a hamper in their parents' bathroom. She leans in, bringing her face close to the 8-year-old tot's, as she begins to work—sweeping blush across cheeks, shadow over eyelids, and a vibrant hue on lips. After the transformation is complete, Maria steps back to observe her sister's beautified features, and a broad smile spreads across both their faces. The right makeup, she realizes, can make one feel good inside and out. Today, Maria—now a licensed aesthetician—designs the services at Escape & Unwind Salon Spa to emphasize beauty's uplifting effects. She brings homemade chocolate-chip cookies into work each day, pressing them upon clients between facials, massages, manicures, and waxing and makeup services. She also insists that her team undergoes training with reps from skincare and makeup lines such as Jan Marini, Moroccanoil, and DermaQuest to ensure they're using the latest beauty techniques. For maximum pampering, she even hires a professional chef to cater services for bridal parties and other groups with light, healthy food.
Though threading primarily deals with hair removal, the real focus of the service is the skin. Many depilation methods extract unwanted strands, but leave skin irritated and subject to wrinkle-producing tugs and yanks. Threading combats these unwanted effects with a 100% cotton thread that loops and uproots unwanted hair, eliminating the need for chemicals that can cause breakouts and require the placement of hazard stickers on faces. Beauty By Thread’s expert technicians wield strings with the utmost precision, creating sultry eyebrow arches and removing hair from upper lips, sideburns, or infringing hair lines.
Threading leaves brows expertly shaped for up to three weeks, and the staff also offer Lizette Mineral eyebrow-makeup kits, which combine 10 shades of water-resistant powders and six stencils that allow clients to maintain beautiful looks at home. Clients can also add an exotic touch to their look with the shop's showcase of ankle bracelets, bangles, and tiaras instead of filling out the endless paperwork required to adopt a pet tiger.
The aestheticians and technicians at Skin 2 Envy adhere to an informal code that mandates a high level of care and artistry for every facial, massage, and anti-aging treatment they perform. For instance, the team takes up to two weeks to craft custom skin peels, treating issues ranging from redness to wrinkles to having too many fake moustaches on one's cheek. In order to learn as much as possible about such concerns, aestheticians and massage therapists consult with each client prior to each session.
Hairstylist Terra is a dreamer. When she sees a dull or flat hairstyle, she can’t help but imagine what it might look like with a little professional help. At Hair By Terra, she provides that help in the form of cuts, coloring treatments, and extensions. Terra shares her extensive knowledge of products with her clients, giving them an added edge in the eternal struggle to keep birds from nesting on their scalps.
Housed in a private upstairs suite, Mellow Moments Massage & Skin Care offers customers the chance to relax with soothing spa services. Massage therapists tend to muscles with Swedish massages, aromatherapy treatments that utilize essential oils, or deep-tissue massages. Other services include facial treatments for women and men, manicures, pedicures, and waxing.
The team at Fusion Salon and Spa boasts more than two centuries of collective experience in the beauty business. At each station, stylists transform their clients' hair using professional color-rich tools by Bumble and bumble and Wella. Fusion Salon and Spa also fosters a familial atmosphere, not just among its staff, but its clients as well. Guests are sure to be greeted by the stylists, whether they're regulars in for color touchups or first-timers visiting for special-occasion blowouts. That friendliness extends to the spa, as well. Here, nail techs cheerfully pamper hands and feet with mani-pedis, and airbrush spray tans imbue bodies with honeyed or Nutella-ed hues.