The experienced beauty mavens at Salon Robert Ryan provide head-to-toe pampering with a bounty of hair, nail, skin, and massage services and professional products. Perk up lackluster locks with a cut and style for women ($40) or men ($22), which includes a scalp-stimulating shampoo and a complimentary beverage such as a glass of wine or a jug of supermodels' tears. The savvy stylists help faces reach their full potential with an arch-accentuating brow wax ($12) or a makeup application and lesson ($30), during which face-painting apprentices learn professional techniques. Prepare nails for elegant events or upscale garage sales with an exfoliating manicure ($25), or ease muscle aches with a full-body one-hour massage ($70).
Accent walls of blue, orange, and sea-foam green add dashes of color to the interior of True Salon and Spa, and photographs speckle the walls. Shelves abound with hair and skincare products from Goldwell, Moroccanoil, and KMS California. Against this backdrop, staff members administer haircare, waxing, and nail services and pamper clients with express and deluxe facials and 10 types of massage. Aestheticians customize each treatment to take into account issues such as dry skin or fake muttonchops.
For 15 years, Mariuska Garcia sharpened her hairstyling skills in professional salons beneath the warm Miami and Los Angeles sun. Then, in 2004, she opened Uska's Salon & Spa and began sharing her knowledge of salon and spa services⎯including massage, waxing, peels, and mani-pedis⎯and filling shelves with products by DevaCurl, OPI, Oxygen Botanicals, and Wella. While her stylists work, white tree-branch silhouettes stretch across two onyx walls and attempt to braid clients' velvety locks.
After more than 30 years in business, Amasia Skin Care and Spa has amassed a treatment menu that includes both classic and modern services. In the spa, aestheticians administer European facials, buff skin with microdermabrasion treatments, and apply permanent makeup, and massage therapists pamper muscles with five different modalities. In the salon, nail technicians groom hands and feet and beautify them with anything from a simple swipe of polish to acrylic-gel overlays.
Licensed stylist Mary K. Butcher has been making over people's hair for more than two decades. She continues to apply her beauty expertise at Scott Anthony Salon, administering salon services for both men and women. She cuts hair, installs extensions, and vanquishes frizz with smoothing treatments. Aside from hairstyling, Ms. Butcher trims nails and waxes away unwanted hair.