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.
Elite Med Spa rests in the capable hands of Dr. Natalia Hegedosh, a physician with more than 20 years of professional experience. She developed Dermakine, a line of anti-aging skincare products that Elite's staff employs to smooth wrinkles during facials and from spa bed sheets too intimidated by the iron. Skin treatments dominate the menu, which features services that range from makeup applications and waxing to spider vein treatments and Botox injections.
Inside the terra-cotta-tiled entrance to Glamour Center, stylists cut and color men's and women's hair with carefully selected European products. Skilled in color, color correction, highlights, and lowlights, the staff can tint all hair types—long, short, curly, or stolen off a mannequin. Nail services pamper hands and feet, and facial waxes outfit customers with perfectly arched brows and smooth skin.
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.
As far as Le Masaje's licensed massage therapists are concerned, every element of a good Swedish massage should be designed to soothe. Incorporating the pleasant scents of aromatherapy and warm sensations of heat therapy, massages increase circulation and toxin release with slow, gliding strokes. The signature facial achieves similarly relaxing results, starting with a deep cleansing that builds toward an exfoliation scrub, masque, and a choice of three lotions. To round out the trio of Le Masaje services, staff rely on waxing to remove unwanted hair from sensitive body parts like the bikini region or the underside of feet.
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.