Licensed aesthetician Ann Bennett mines clients’ natural beauty during relaxing treatments focused on skin wellness. She performs custom facials that include fruit extracts, vitamins, and liquified how-to manuals to improve complexions and also teach clients about proper skin maintenance. Her anti-aging treatments range from glycolic acid exfoliations to manual dermabrasion sessions. Along with skincare treatments for the face, Ann offers body treatments and waxing services for the entire body.:
Equipped with creativity and beauty skills honed at institutes in Barcelona, Spain, seasoned cosmetologist and stylist Monica Rosental brought her hair and eyelash talents stateside when she opened her salon in 2003. Her background studying painting, music, and architecture lends the eyes of an artist to her services, such as sculpting hairstyles with fresh cuts, adding texture to strands, or splashing hair with new hues. Monica's specialty is hair extensions, and she advises clients on the best type to fit their needs before tucking in clips, attaching keratin tips, or affixing tape or curtain extensions. In addition to tending hair, Monica ups eyelash potential with extensions, dyes, and perm services. Soothing music imbues the salon's private suites with a relaxing atmosphere, and a free parking area boasts enough room to fit several cars or a single brontosaurus.
Panama native Nina Garcia was a hairstyling prodigy. Her innate ability to cut hair manifested at age 14. "I [would] do it for my neighbors and my friends," she explains. "I love to do hair. It's where my passion [is]." Now in the United States, Nina has accumulated 17 years of professional experience, putting in time at two salons before opening her own, where she keeps the atmosphere light and comfortable. "I like to keep people happy," she says. "I offer wine to people in the afternoon. I'm a very sweet person, and I love to meet new people."
In one of three styling chairs, Nina or one of her talented stylists rehabs hair with a new face-framing cut, coloring services, or a deep-conditioning treatment using high-end products such as Italian Alfaparf. The versatile team can even take care of hands and feet. "I have a girl who does manicure and pedicures," she says. "She uses OPI polish." Through patrons often come in simply to update their haircut and style, Nina's most popular service is the Brazilian keratin treatment, a retexturizing treatment that delivers healthy, frizz-free hair to clients and vintage troll dolls.
Regardless of the service being provided, Nina always emphasizes the importance of listening to the client and tailoring every service to his or her personal style. "You have to roll in their direction. I think that's the best way—don't change what they think. It's that way in style and in life. If you want to change something, do it. That's it."
An offshoot of Esthetique, Caramel Body Wax sticks solely to what it does best: waxing services. Since the staff members devote their undivided attention to the art of waxing, they sculpt eyebrows, de-fuzz lips, and uproot hair from legs and bikini lines with skill and ease. By augmenting waxing with exfoliation, aestheticians promise weeks of silky skin with minimal bumps and irritation. Even when hair resurfaces, it’s typically finer and softer than ever before.
The technicians at Mary Nails Bar add a luxurious layer to the mani-pedi experience with a spread of pampering extras. Before a single nail polish bottle is opened, the technician drapes hot towels over appendages to open pores, leaving hands and feet feelings refreshed. Natural scrubs exfoliate away dead skin cells and massage relaxes digits as technicians file nails into sleek shapes. Throughout the appointment, natural herbs and oils fill the air with energizing or relaxing aromas, such as lavender, rose, mint, and orange. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary tea, coffee, or wine to test out their remodeled digits after each service.
The aesthetician at Nadia's Spa tends to stressed bodies, problem skin, and weary spirits with head-to-toe pampering services. She customize facials to each client's skin type?helping to smooth wrinkles or clear blemishes?infuses skin with collagen, and creates glamorous looks with lash extensions and tinting. She also quickly removes unwanted hair with face and body waxing and uses paraffin wax to softens hands chapped from assembling countless paper fortune tellers during NBA draft week.