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.
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.
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.
Emily at Salon Lucente knows nails. She's been a manicurist for more than 10 years. During that time, she has mastered the intricate application of nail art. In addition to nail art, she expertly applies acrylics, performs pedicures, and brushes durable gel polish onto fingernails and toenails.
Florencio Aguayo cuts, styles, and streaks tresses with multidimensional highlights in a central hairstyling area large enough to accommodate more than 50 stylists. Despite its size, the hairstyling hub is just a small part of Reflections Salon, which also houses a gourmet-coffee shop, full retail store, and several manicure stations positioned around a massive marble urn overflowing with pink and red flowers.