Cosmetologist Danielle Stewart specializes in hair design and plies her trade at Dollhouse Salon, where she fashions haircuts with shape, definition, and color. She offers straightening treatments and coloring, as well as facials and microdermabrasions, which help complete the picture of beauty from the neck up.
The aestheticians at Mermaid Serving Beauty practice the ancient arts of threading and henna to create elaborate body decorations and groomed brows inside a welcoming studio. Armed with a thin cotton thread, eyebrow artists twist and pull the fibrous string over unwanted strands on eyebrows, upper lips, or full faces to create precise lines and remove large swaths of hair accurately and without the irritation waxing can cause skin. The 5- to 10-minute treatment unseats each hair at the follicle level, removing many strands at a time to give brows a shaped appearance that’s hard to achieve with tweezing. The salon’s in-house henna artists bedeck palms and wrists in intricate designs using henna, which gradually fades over the course of a few weeks for a semipermanent accessory that adds exotic flair to style and a testing ground for a pet ant’s navigational skills.
Customizing a massage requires blending various modalities. When certified massage therapist Amaris Amezquita incorporates another modality into the mix, the shift occurs so seamlessly, many clients never notice the change. As her hands deliver long, rolling Swedish strokes, they may chance upon knotted muscles and petrified tendons, which require the firm cross-grained strokes of deep-tissue techniques. Rather than breaking the spell by starting over or pausing for an intermission, Amaris smoothly transitions to the new modality. Amaris makes massages easy not only with smooth delivery and transitions. She also saves clients the trouble of commuting by traveling to their homes.
Monica Miller Lucido, an aesthetician since 1989 and a massage therapist since 1997, ministers to aesthetic needs between the earth-toned walls of her serene treatment rooms. The skin specialist performs swift waxing services as well as massages that promote the stress alleviation and mental clarity necessary to vocally complete a Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle read aloud by a cantankerous drill sergeant. Alternatively, European facials, acne facials, and exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments cleanse pores and render them healthy. The boutique skincare center is located within V.I.P. Salon.
Devon Tucker specializes in coloring and freehand haircuts, both of which she doles out at Salon Lucente. She can turn any chaotic clump of hair into a fashionable hairdo by crafting a face-framing cut, adding dashes of color, or sculpting it into a fashionable coif. Devon also offers men’s haircuts and styles hair for weddings, proms, and other special events.