Clients walking into La Bella Delle Rose Salon might sense a warm, personal aesthetic shaping the styling studio, even if they don't know that the dark-wood reception desk was hand-built by the owner's father. Sherbet-colored walls backdrop ice-cream-themed decorations, a popcorn machine commingles with the coffeemaker in the waiting area, and a manicure station recalls a fortune-teller's table with its scarlet damask draping. While basking in Pureology hair treatments or being prepped for weddings and other landmark occasions, guests sit beneath studio lighting, which helps them tell stylists apart from IRS agents.
As a business-school graduate, licensed cosmetologist for more than 20 years, and former owner of her own salon in Tennessee, Kim Martin knows the passion needed to succeed in the beauty-boosting industry. The seasoned stylist shows off her knack for re-imagining manes at Beyond Hair Salon & Spa, where she specializes in color treatments, highlights, and feather extensions, using the latest products and techniques cultivated from her annual visits to national trade shows. Kim works in Beyond Hair’s Tuscan-style interior alongside aesthetician Teresa, fellow hairstylist Isela, and tanning expert, The Sun.
Hair Trendz Salon & Day Spa offers multiple means of getting made-over. Hairstylists offer cuts, coloring, hair extensions, and soothing scalp treatments. Skin care specialists address blemishes and other skin issues with facials such as the green peel herbal treatment or the rehydrating facial. Other services offered include Nova Lash eyelash extensions, massages, mani-pedis, and bridal or special occasion hair and make-up packages.
Betty Rios, the skilled beauty professional at Bare Necessities, boasts years of experience in services that ranges from aesthetics to skincare. She adds a dash of relaxation to makeovers by seating clients in massage chairs surrounded by earth-toned walls, floral accents, and Technicolor geometric designs that double as instructions for making flightless paper airplanes.
The aestheticians at Salon Italiano elongate lid wisps by individually applying extensions to each lash. Over the course of about 2.5 hours, eye experts secure ocular stalks with a firm yet flexible hold using NovaLash Platinum Bond adhesive, fluffing eye fringe to a fuller look that can extinguish building fires in a single wink. The extensions typically last the life cycle of each lash, which naturally sheds in about six to eight weeks.
After several years spent working as a certified ophthalmic surgical technician, cosmetologist BK Gearn transitioned to the aesthetic arena in order to help others to see themselves in a better light. Along the way, she picked up a barber license, a nail-tech license, a massage-therapy license, and a masters degree in cosmetic tattooing, enabling her to use permanent makeup to enhance facial features or diminish the appearance of scars. Armed with Raya skincare products, she soothes skin with facials that often include mud or paraffin masks, hot steam, or crystal-based microdermabrasion, and she uses all-natural sugar paste by Alexandria Professional to whisk away unwanted whiskers without using chemicals, strips, or tiny brooms. She also helps bodies to adopt a synthetic glow using an airbrush-tanning solution rich with aloe vera and skin-firming moisturizers, and she has turned her spa into a classroom to share her secrets for applying eyelash extensions.