Bubblegum pink. Sugary treats. Rhinestones and glitter. Sweet & Sassy’s stylists pamper moppets during shrunken-down spa treatments spun with these elements. As tots lounge on tangerine pillows, kid-calibrated manicures and pedicures bejewel their keratin shields with sparkly nail art and adorn their favorite digits with rings and toe rings. Facials slather visages with gentle, sweet-smelling concoctions, and ear-piercing services add appropriate glint to kids' facial regions so that they can stop lodging beads in their nostrils.
Nusrat, the cosmetologist and owner of Ashi Beauty Corner, specializes in correcting botched waxing jobs. "A vast majority of my clients have come to me due to having been previously 'brow-butchered,'" she said. As a remedy, she practices threading—an ancient hair-removal method that requires a thin string and nimble fingers.
Prior to each treatment, Nusrat loops a sterile thread around both her hands and tugs the loose end with her teeth. As she rolls the thread across the skin's surface, she traps unwanted hair and extracts it at the follicle level. Because threading avoids the use of topical agents, it's traditionally indicated for people with allergies or sensitive skin. Compared to waxing, it's often regarded as more precise—the technician can target one individual hair or an entire row of unruly threads.
Nusrat performs these treatments in private quarters. "The ambiance makes clients feel surrounded in comfort and enveloped by personal, attentive service," she said. Her personal studio resides within The Salons at Bella Suites, which lives inside Firewheel Town Center, which is nested within the belly of a matryoshka doll.
When you sit down in Skyler Bailey's salon chair, you're not just basking in the skills of a hairdresser. You're also experiencing the training of a fashion-model stylist and pageant coach, whose knowledge of hair and makeup is worthy of runways and centerfolds alike. At her private studio within The Salons at Bella Suites, she elevates each of her face-flattering haircuts and color services with meticulous styling, a skill she mastered in a former job at a blow-dry bar. "Styling hair is the best part of the service," she explains. "You may get a great haircut or color but if it isn't styled correctly, the hair doesn't look the best."
She also performs facial waxing and professional makeup applications, bringing out her clients' natural beauty with occasion-appropriate cosmetics for a wedding day, prom night, or Smurf reunion. But above all, she makes sure that every appointment is a relaxing one. "Clients go to salons to pamper themselves and have 'me' time," she says. "It should be all about them because life is hectic; there are limited times that we really can have everything about us."
Taylor Renee Greenlee relies on a two-part strategy to give her clients the best haircuts possible. The first part involves keeping up with the latest trends in hairstyling, and the second simply involves listening. Before she breaks out the scissors, Taylor initiates a conversation to help her determine her client's goals and preferences. Then she gets to work, embellishing hair with ombre coloring, full or partial highlights, and silky extensions. She can also apply makeup in anticipation of a prom night or a long night spent alone at home, looking in the mirror and just feeling really good about yourself.
At Aesthetic Salon and Spa, the facials brighten skin with creative ingredients, from hydrating doses of vitamin C to 24-karat gold. The gold is a key ingredient in one of the rejuvenating creams—it lends skin a youthful glow, much like your “darkness light” that’s really just an adult night-light. The glycolic acid in a chemical peel improves tone and texture, and the parafango in a body wrap deals with toxins and cellulite.
Complementing these beauty treatments are various stress-relieving massages, with Swedish, deep-tissue, reflexology, and other modalities available. And on the salon side, you'll find styling and coloring options such as perms, extensions, highlights, and conditioning treatments.
Penny Whittington is a whiz at getting rid of overgrown hair. She uses her trusty pair of scissors or a miniature weed whacker to cut off split ends and unwanted length, transforming manes into new styles from classic to cutting-edge. At Studio Nouveau, Penny and the rest of the stylists support charities such as American Cancer Society and Locks of Love.