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.
With a gallon of enthusiasm, Misty Hulse welcomes clients to her station at Austarian Salon. She's so welcoming, in fact, that her clients can set up appointments by way of text message. Misty handles all things hair with help from Wella products. Backed by intensive research and experimentation—conducted on a large enough supply of human hair to stretch to the moon and back—Wella stocks Misty’s station with styling formulas and color treatments carefully designed for all hair types. Of course, the bottles only aid the stylist, whose skilled fingers do most of the work. After shampooing and conditioning locks, she snips off split ends and gum, spirals straight strands into bouncy curls, and adds depth and dimension with shimmery highlights. In addition to styling it, Misty also can remove hair swiftly with warm wax.
Accomplished cosmetologist Nalini Patel helms her eponymous day spa, a technology-driven beauty center that earned the distinction of CityVoter's Best Day Spa in 2009. Genial employees use their indoor voices to welcome clients into the spacious, wood-floored spa, where private treatment rooms and manicure chairs shaped to resemble cupped hands promise a relaxing experience. Along with familiar day-spa offerings, skilled beauticians wield advanced prettifying technologies (among them, infrared wraps and micropigmentation hair simulation) to help clients achieve their desired appearance. Patel also applies permanent makeup, which reduces the duration of morning beauty routines and can convey a variety of emotions without intrusive mental effort.
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.
At her salon station in Banana Bush, Kacie Dearman calls upon her training to engineer either subtle or dramatic hair changes, depending on the client. With her arsenal of products and tools, she boosts smoothness with deep-conditioning treatments, simple trims, and microlink extensions. She also boasts an array of "crazy colors" at her disposal, which she uses to style the locks of men, women, and gorgons.
From eyelash extensions to manicures and pedicures, the Modern Nails & Lashes team literally beautifies clients from head to toe. After a waxing treatment, facial, or massage, clients relax in the pale green and blue pedicure area, which is bordered by a wood trellis woven with branch-like sculptures. Complimentary WiFi waves perform invisible ballets through the air as nail techs dole out free pedicures to children 5 and younger—available in conjunction with their parents' services.