Samira Haddad is an artist obsessed with color. But her work doesn’t hang from any wall; rather, it is displayed proudly on the bodies of her clients. Samira learned the craft of permanent makeup at the American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics, and she has been working in the field for more than two decades. As owner of Samira's Permanent Cosmetics and Training Center, she enhances brows, lids, and lips with carefully chosen hues and adds definition to areolas after reconstructive breast surgeries. She also schools students in the fundamentals of permanent cosmetics, including soft-tap techniques, sanitation, and color correction of prison unibrows.
Zebra prints, exposed brick, and painted walls reminiscent of Mark Rothko’s color fields encircle visitors to Best Impressions Med Spa, a spa whose interior is at once intimate and eye-catching. Just like its eclectic mix of decor—which also includes crystal floor lamps and floral accents—Med Spa's menu adheres to the principle of inclusivity: skin, body, and hair treatments are all represented on the lengthy list of services. A team of professional stylists transforms tangled strands into flowing locks with cut and color treatments, and across the spa aestheticians revive skin with an exfoliating peel or a facial infused with vitamins, minerals, and soothing chicken noodle soup.
Aesthetician Carlie Suggs ensures that each of her clients wakes up in the morning and goes to bed at night with a face full of natural-looking makeup. Her permanent-makeup skills involve the careful application of organic pigments to the dermal layer of the skin for eye-catching brows, lips, and eyes. Her services offer an alternative for those who are allergic to traditional cosmetics or have difficulty applying makeup due to poor vision or centipede arms.
When it opened in 2003, Orrell Design devoted its talented staff to hair services. Though they still cut, color, and pamper hair, the team of beautifiers now also tends to the skin and body. For skin, doting includes facials, peels, and waxing; for the body, it encompasses massage therapy.
One look at Rituals’ menu of spa services tells clients there’s a nurturing or beautifying treatment for most any body part, covering the likes of hair design, mani-pedis, hair removal, and detoxifying footbaths. Facials—such as the Coconut Bliss facial—moisturize and repair skin, and imbue it with nutrients. Aestheticians also wield cosmetic LED lights that rewind the clock on aging by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and making skin think it now lives in a disco. The staff also includes licensed massage therapists who knead Swedish and deep-tissue massages.
At Bella Vidas, licensed permanent makeup artist and skin-rejuvenation technician Valorie abides by the philosophy that every life is beautiful. She and her staff amplify outer beauty through a variety of spa services including Valorie’s permanent makeup specialization, in which she holds numerous certifications and an apprenticeship with the Lasting Permanent Makeup Training Center, as well as slimming body wraps, infrared sauna sessions, and skincare treatments using M’lis products. Like mountains and prospectors who live in mountains, faces become weathered over time, which is why the staff at Bella Vidas also performs facial treatments that focus on skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, and scars.