The story of The Indus3 begins, as many good stories do, with a quest. In 2009, an overworked Elder Marmeleira himself from a regular nine-to-five job in search of a new means of helping other similarly stressed individuals look and feel good. Soon Elder realized that his budding hairstyling skills were his ticket to a new kind of life.
After countless hours spent honing his craft and fine-tuning his now-signature techniques, he opened The Indus3 salon. Now, with the help of stylist Jenny Viana, Elder continues to uphold his vision of lifting each client’s spirits by transforming their appearance through a host of personalized salon services tailored to individual tastes and styles. On any given day, the team can be found at styling stations, gilding locks with flattering highlights, installing volume-boosting extensions, or straightening curl-laden manes with meticulous flat-iron services. Along with strand-enhancing treatments, The Indus3’s crew also offers makeup applications and performs facial waxing services to streamline upper-lip fuzz that spells the name “Charlotte.”
Though the salon and spa is named after her, owner Kathy doesn't work alone. In fact, the hairstylist—who is also a trained massage therapist specializing in hot-stone and deep-tissue modalities—works alongside two other beauticians. Hairstylist Diane joins Kathy on the salon floor, where she showcases her apt knowledge of keratin treatments as well as constructing special-occasion hairdos. Together the duo reaches for Cures, GK Hair, and Paul Mitchell products as they create both classic and trendy hairstyles. Back in a private spa room, aesthetician Karina deep cleanses pores with custom facials. When Karina is out on the salon floor, she reaches for cosmetics to doll up customers for weddings, date nights, and parties at private clown-only clubs.
Salon owner Nubia Suarez relies on 35 years of professional salon experience as she oversees the beautifying treatments Utopia Salon and Day Spa administers. Her staff members, who each specialize in the individual realms of hair, nails, waxing, and massage treatments, work to soothe and groom their patrons' exteriors using a combination of Dermalogica skincare products and pampering add-ons. Utopia Salon and Day Spa sports an antique-chic interior, ensconcing visitors in a waiting area with hardwood floors, overstuffed armchairs, and an oriental rug. Like Fabio's speech patterns, the expansive space is unified by wooden accents and soft hues.
Hairdressing runs in his blood. As a third-generation stylist, Jeff—the owner and director of Gemmette Hair Studios—not only loved hair from a young age but acted on his passion and began working in the industry at the age of 15. He then went on to attend the Vidal Sassoon school in London before garnering enough skills to become a color specialist and educator for Paul Mitchell. Now Jeff shares his endless love for hair not only with his clients but with his team of stylists at both Gemmette Hair Studio locations. Under Jeff's tutelage, each stylist much complete the salon's training program before working their way through the ranks of junior, senior, and designer stylist. And, even after all that training, the group still shows offs their hunger to learn by mastering the latest hair trends and techniques through continuing-education courses.
Along with precision cuts for adults and kids, Japanese hair-straightening treatments, and corrective coloring, Gemmette's crew is skilled in eyelash extensions and makeup applications. Hair can also be restored with the salon's reviving blow-dry treatments, which help brighten locks, protect against breakage with argan- and olive-oil-infused products, and boost volume.
Though the focus in each Gemmette Hair Studio is the client, the owner did not skimp on decor. Both locations offer elegance—one with baroque decor and the other inspired by zen—as well as fully stocked color bars boasting every shade of the rainbow, including pot of gold.
Pelletier Salon and Spa helps clients look and feel their best with massages, mani-pedis, and other services using eco-friendly products. Nail specialists focus during each manicure and pedicure to conjure beautiful hand and foot shapes in 45 minutes with clippers, files, and warmed oil. Skilled aestheticians cut cuticles, dip hands in paraffin wax, and paint nails with bright colors to show proper respect when shaking a rainbow's hand. French manicures and pedicures style nails with natural-looking pink or nude base and a white tip perfect for gauging paint swatches to create polar-bear-themed bedrooms. The signature spa mani-pedi extends each guest's rapture for 90 minutes, soothing hands and feet with exfoliating techniques, hot towels, and a massage with organic products.
Tall, mahogany workstations line Mia Passione, holding the tools of trend-setting stylists at work on unruly locks. Armed with products from Brazilian Blowout and Enjoy, the team imbues hair with smoothness, color, volume, or the permanent ability to look wind-blown.