Lime-green walls offer a vibrant background to Harmony’s cozy leather pedicure chairs and prismatic nail-polish displays. Amid these colorful accents, skilled aestheticians can cultivate a new face-flattering cut or foster eye appeal with elegant lash extensions. Clients can also solicit one of Harmony’s intricate nail-art designs, such as flowers, cartoon characters, or elaborate Escher staircases.
Krista and Beth combine their specific skincare specialties to bolster the health and beauty of each client's skin. While Beth concentrates on body wraps and Krista on acne treatments, both women also battle aging with facials, custom blended peels, and radio-frequency lifting treatments. Waxing services smoothen skin, leaving a clean, hairless area for waterproof glitter tattoos that last up for to 10 days or three mud-wrestling matches.
If Kimmy Nguyen's stylists are the metaphorical bricks that build up LK Hair Salon, then her experience—which spans two decades—is the mortar that holds them all together. Kimmy started out as a cosmetology student at Beau Monde – College of Hair Design, where she learned how to style hair, nurture epidermises, and tend to careworn nails. Now she and her team beautify façades by augmenting manes with cuts and color, buffing faces with microdermabrasion, and piercing ears with teeny-tiny swords.
It may look like a funky surf shack, but Paradise Nail Bar is actually an integral pit stop on the road to beauty. During relaxing mani-pedis, the studio's technicians pamper feet with natural scrubs and adorn nails with intricate designs depicting flowers, hearts, and presidential visages. Not to be outdone, the aestheticians cleanse pores with facials and detoxify birthday suits with body wraps within the privacy of a treatment room. Waxing treatments whisk away large swathes of unwanted hair, while threading sessions leave brows artfully arched and upper lips free of fuzz.
Smokey shadows with cat eyeliner, subtly highlighted cheekbones, and a nude lip. Master stylist Teresa Williams proves her ability to blend classic and contemporary with this look—one she demonstrated on herself. Her beauty shot, along with fellow master stylist Melissa Romero's, is emblematic of the hair and makeup techniques taking center stage at I Am Beauty. The style-savvy women tackle everything from airbrush makeup and lash extensions to highlights and updos.
A sextet of rooms designated for hair treatments and facials, as well as another reserved for mani-pedis, gives you an idea of Alexander’s Salon's breadth of services. But what isn’t so apparent at first glance is the care that’s taken during each of these treatments. Aestheticians precede all facials with a complimentary skin analysis, allowing them to tailor sessions with a cache of organic products. Stylists personalize treatments, too, using their knowledge of all hair types to trim, color, and arrange coifs.