The stylists at Salon Nouveau 2 LLC aren’t newbies to the hair industry; many have more than 10 years of experience, including sharpening their shears at continuing-education courses hosted by Paul Mitchell, Redken, and Aveda. But as seasoned as the hairdressers are, they are also humble.
The stylists at this Aveda-focus shop always take ample time to consult with their clients. This includes examining skin tone and face shape as well as discussing beauty preferences and lifestyle habits to land on the ideal style. They then get to work trimming split ends, coloring strands with dye, and taming rebellious frizz with a Coppola Keratin Complex treatment and a very, very stern look.
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Mavida Salon encourages its staff to collaborate artistically with each client to create looks that are both modern and manageable. Its talented stylists, colorists, and makeup artists perform each service at full-length mirrors, allowing them to consider the complete picture while keeping an eye out for pirates. Aside from custom cuts, the intimate, burgundy-walled salon specializes in single- and double-process color and extensions as well as La-Brasiliana hair-smoothing keratin treatments, which counteract frizz for up to four months.
The team of professional therapists at Balance Face + Body Wellness know their way around both high-end skincare products and med-spa technology. Customized facials and chemical peels incorporate physician-grade ingredients such as cleansing agents, scrubs, and enzymes to smooth away wrinkles and blemishes. Alternatively, therapists can lift tension from muscles with integrated or hot-bamboo massages, or turn to more advanced devices to contour specific areas of the body and free them from cellulite.
While its main focus is skincare, the studio also works to cultivate a European spa atmosphere. From exposed stone in the lobby, to private massage rooms lit by a mix of cool blue and warm red accent lights, to a wormhole that opens right beneath the Eiffel Tower, every design element is orchestrated to promote calm and mental well-being.
Although the wedding-day styles at Ciro’s Hair Pavilion have garnered WeddingWire’s Bride’s Choice Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012, the stylists behind them reach beyond the altar with a variety of everyday beauty services. Experts of texture, the stylists spruce up curls with DevaCurl products and uncoil unwanted twists with Keratin Complex by Coppola. Other professional hair products, such as Onesta and Wella, spritz clients through highlights, perms, and styles. Botanical ingredients in NYX Cosmetics makeup deliver a flawless special-occasion look while leaving out the petrolatum, parabens, and artificial colors found in other makeup brands and discount water balloons.
Each styling chair at Hilights Salon doubles as office space for the hairdressers, who start every session with a detailed consultation to make sure they understand the looks their clients desire. Once they have the right mental images, they clip and highlight hair, permanently straighten it, and craft locks into updos more intricate than a bird's nest made of Rubik's Cubes. The staff also includes a bridal specialist and two makeup artists who prep clients on location for their big day.
Even when she was swamped with a private psychotherapy practice and raising three kids, Bernadette Silva always found time for exercise. For the past 10 years, the certified personal trainer has studied boxing, yoga, and Pilates, ultimately developing her own workout style that fuses the aforementioned techniques with sports drills. In 2008, Silva and a group of local women spearheaded Neighborhood Workouts—the fitness program that would become Real Body Bootcamp.
Today, Silva and her team of certified personal trainers captain a gaggle of fitness classes throughout the week. Their signature boot camp fuses sports drills with high-intensity routines of cardio, strength training, yoga, and Pilates to offload calories, bolster cores, and build more endurance. The class list also includes Zumba and Piloxing fitness classes as well as kids' fitness classes, during which youngsters build self-confidence and the strength to finally confront the lunch ladies who take their money every day.