Lips, eyes, eyebrows, and skin—those are the living canvases on which Lisa Wilson practices her aesthetic arts. As a permanent makeup artist, Lisa draws on more than 25 years in the beauty industry to transform such features with permanent makeup, facials, and waxing. In addition to wielding cosmetics and wax, she clips manes into trendy cuts or classic styles that are innocuous enough for time traveling. Whether she’s tinting lashes or shading lips to rosy hues, she approaches each appointment with a positivity and sensitivity that helps her clients leave looking and feeling their best.
A lash specialist at Salon 554, Noa Sanchez offers Xtreme Lashes extensions that can add length and thickness to eyelashes. Noa applies the waterproof extensions individually to each lash, creating looks with service titles that pay homage to Hollywood actresses. Options such as Audrey Hepburn lashes add 30–45 lashes per eye, whereas 45–70 lashes reference Marilyn Monroe.
From her station at Avalon Salon, Lori Tickenoff spruces up hands and feet. She crafts healthy, eye-catching nails with files, polishes, and thimbles as guests relax in massage chairs and soak their tootsies in Jacuzzi tubs. The salon has an edgy vibe that springs forth from its fashion-forward hairstylists and tanning specialists.
Jazmyne's expert and discreet waxing services eliminate unwanted fuzz from brows to toes with the latest products and techniques. Female clients can tame unruly follicles with underarm ($20) and full leg treatments ($50), while wooly men can liberate their epidermis with chest ($40) and back waxes ($50). Jazmyne specializes in sculpting eyebrows into believable looks of surprise ($15) and shaping subequatorial zones with the popular Brazilian bikini wax ($60). Serious multi-taskers can blog about emails with Le Motive Salon's free Wi-Fi while eradicating stray strands and sipping on a complementary glass of wine or other beverage. Curious body-scapers can have a free, private, paparazzi-free consultation with Jazmyne prior to waxing. This Groupon can be redeemed over multiple visits, and the appointments can be arranged to fit any schedule.
Ariadna Sanchez, an aesthetician and a certified NovaLash technician, beautifies complexions and embellishes lash lines in her tranquil, earth-toned boutique studio. Guests seeking to draw attention to their ocular region without having to wink uncontrollably or don a pair of Hubble telescope lenses can rejoice in a full set of NovaLash extensions, which Ariadna applies strand by strand to existing eye fringe. During the 2- to 2.5-hour appointment, she'll customize lash looks to ensure natural, evenly placed eye adornments. Waterproof extensions last up to eight weeks, though Ariadna recommends touchups every two–three weeks. Alternatively, clients can opt for a 45- to 60-minute organic facial, which purges pores of dirt, grease, and loose change in the hope of yielding a cleaner, younger-looking visage.
If the atmosphere inside The Cat's Meow strikes first-time visitors as particularly familial, the reason may be that the salon’s proprietors share more than aesthetic expertise—all three of them are sisters. For more than 20 years, Melissa Raynak, Pixie Melton, and Meghan Mowbray—along with their team of aestheticians and nail technicians—have pampered skin and nails with treatments that range from basic facials and express pedicures to all-inclusive spa-day packages. In each of their skin-therapy treatments, the spa’s aestheticians employ professional products that eschew mineral oil, lanolin, and allergens such as gluten to ensure that skin responds positively. Armed with bottles of OPI polish and paraffin wax, they turn their attention to fingers and toes to soften calluses and fluff nail beds.