With more than two decades of experience in the entertainment, fashion, and bridal industries, Gilda specializes in making her clients look and feel beautiful. Whether she is giving a European-style precision haircut, applying camouflage makeup, or administering laser skin-tightening or hair-removal treatments, her focus is always on her clients.
In order to continually improve her craft, Gilda attends international trainings taught by elite beauty educators, and keeps her eyes peeled for cutting-edge beauty trends. Before appointments, Gilda and her staff meet with clients to discuss their aesthetic aspirations and facial features before collaborating on a plan of attack, whether it be a new hair color, makeup application, or texture alteration, such as Japanese straightening or permanent waves. Waxing, threading and laser skin treatments round out the menu of salon services, which clients can enjoy while sipping complimentary mugs of coffee or glasses of wine. For those who cannot make it into the salon, Gilda still makes house calls to beautify brides-to-be and partygoers.
Salon Virage’s stylists imbue hair with more than 16 color options for semipermanent color, lowlights, and balayage highlights. Customers can transform their looks with services that range from body waves and straightening treatments to haircuts and hair extensions. Salon Virage’s stylists also regularly attend hair-design shows and conventions to grow their brains with new trends, styles, and traditional folktales that entertain clients during appointments.
The staffers at Lotus Nails Spa take mani-pedis to the next level. Of course, they offer classic mani-pedis, but they get creative with variations including mango, chocolate, and tangerine versions. During 50-minute organic spa pedicures, for example, they lavish feet with essential oils and herbal extracts blended with Moroccan argan oil. And they can further up the pampering with nail designs, paraffin dips, and long-lasting gel polish, which remains chip-free for up to two weeks—the average time it takes to claw your way out of a jail cell. Beyond tending to nails, the staff also offers massages and waxing.
Since graduating from Dhaka Medical College Hospital in 1972, board-certified doctor Shaukat Jahan has been honing her skills practicing medicine—with a focus on her specialty, gynecology. Certified and trained in both Britain and the U.S., Dr. Jahan is well-equipped to help her patients. In her well-appointed offices, she can assist with prenatal care and deliver newborns as safely as a stork equipped with a seatbelt and airbag. She also provides family-planning services and helms laser surgeries. For international patients’ convenience, Dr. Jahan can speak in Bengali, Hindi, Persian, Spanish, and Urdu during appointments.
When she's not attending continuing-education courses and international meetings to keep her skills up to date, medical director Dr. Nasreen Sheikh, uses what she's learned to helm NoVa Medical Skin Care. There, Dr. Sheikh and her team create customized aesthetic plans that combat skin issues ranging from acne and excess hair to wrinkles and sun spots. Aestheticians reach for M.D. Forte, SkinMedica, Revision, and Obagi products to brighten and smooth the skin during chemical peels, and call on advanced lasers to zap spider veins, resurface faces, and permanently destroy unwanted hairs and rogue daisies sprouting from any skin type. For flagging countenances, the office also erases fine lines with Botox, Restylane, and Juvederm injections.
Venus & Mars Spa serves as a retreat from stress, with a wide-ranging menu of beauty and wellness treatments to help its clients feel and look beautiful. Licensed stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists her perform everything from sun-kissed highlights and facials to foot detox treatments, body wraps, and full-body waxing services. The Manzilian wax, for example, removes unwanted hair from the nether regions and from a pet Manzilia. Of the massages you can choose, there's the muscle-melting deep-tissue massage as well as a therapeutic version for mothers-to-be.