When he's not writing articles in celebrated medical journals, appearing on radio and television, or delivering lectures across the globe, Dr. Ayman El-Attar treats faces and bodies with his natural-looking cosmetic surgeries. At Derma Laser Center, which he founded in 2002, Dr. El-Attar performs numerous nonsurgical procedures that rid skin of acne, remove tattoos, and eliminate unwanted hair and veins. Alternatively, his surgical procedures transplant hair, transfer fat to different body regions, and reduce breasts without scarring.
In addition to cosmetic surgeries, Derma Laser Center's personnel pamper guests with facials that incorporate elements such as an antioxidant vitamin C firming mask, which exfoliates skin more effectively than daily orange-juice baths. He also smoothes skin with microdermabrasion and reinvigorates clients with body treatments that include lavender and an antioxidant grape-seed scrub.
Beauty of Wax has banished unwanted body hair with waxing services in a clean and relaxed environment for 17 years. During that time, the salon has developed a specialty for the meticulous task of sculpting eyebrows. Using natural beeswax, the staff remove stray hairs to frame the eyes and stop constant comparisons to Groucho Marx. They retain the same attention to detail when waxing any portion of the body or applying Swarovski-cut crystals to the bikini zone. Using techniques such as cavitation, vacuum therapy, passive gymnastics, radio-frequency therapy, and body wrapping, in addition to an array of facials and relaxing massage services, won the spot the Hollywood Gazette's 2010 award for Best Place to Be Pampered.
For the aestheticians at Fion's Beauty Inc., each finger or toenail is like a tiny canvas. After trimming and buffing nails, they paint on vibrant polish in solid colors or with designs such as intricate flower petals. They might also add glitter, or maybe color every nail a different shade?just so clients can match anyone's outfit when they shake hands. This attention to detail and beauty extends to their other services, during which the team sculpts eyebrows and waxes away unwanted hair for both men and women, using disposable tools for optimal hygiene.
Upon entering Robar Beauty Salon & Spa, a visitor might first notice the recently remodeled interior, splashes of canary yellow or vibrant fuchsia, or the smell of organic hair products wafting through the air. But owner William Robar?an industry veteran of almost 40 years?remembers his salad days in less prosperous locations. His first salon "was so busy I didn't know where to put the people!" he laughs, recalling its cramped layout. His clientele ranged from street criminals to drug dealers. "In those days it was wild. Every walk of life came into my salon."
Now a sought-after celebrity stylist, William has clipped and styled famous hair for Frank Sinatra, Barbara Walters, and President Bill Clinton, who needed a trim before delivering a presidential speech. Inside his upscale salon, William and his team of certified stylists use their fashion instincts and mastery of the sibilant scissor language to team up with shears and craft elegant coifs for men, women, and children.
Noticing a trend, the professionals at Monica Hair Studio departed from the industry standard and created a salon based on openness and hospitality. The studio's clients are the direct beneficiaries of this policy, as each personalized treatment leaves them relaxed, refreshed, and confident in their appearance—unlike a penguin with peacock feathers. Each visit starts with a complimentary consultation with an expert stylist, and clients are treated to services such as haircuts, keratin treatments, mani-pedis, and deep-cleansing facials. Products from Keratherapy, Dióra, and DermaSwiss prove the professional quality of the treatments, and an on-site massage therapist can ease the tension brought on by worrying about whether or not to get bangs.
It may be a single piece of thread, but it packs a big punch. At Soha's Threading Salon by Simky, threading experts use cotton thread to shape eyebrows and remove unwanted hair on faces. They twist the thread in a special way that pulls each hair by the root, leaving behind fuzz-free upper lips and chins. The staff also pampers faces during acne-evicting facials and special treatments that tint eyebrows to match a new hair color or purse color. To top off a day of beautification, guests can add a mani-pedi to their salon visit.