Erhan Sakaoglu and Ali Batibay had two things in common: Turkish heritage and the dream of opening a hair salon. They became fast friends and supported each other as they forged separate career paths in America. Batibay built his client base as a hairstylist while Sakaoglu went to law school and became an attorney, but found his passion for the beauty industry irrepressible. The duo finally made their dream a reality by launching Studio 34.
They assembled a team of European stylists who use a European-inspired, proprietary technique to cut hair and transform looks with color, foils, extensions, and relaxers. A skincare specialist performs nonsurgical facelifts, addressing facial skin loosened by aging or repeated bungee jumping. The crew also offers nailcare, waxing, and makeup services. As noted by Skip Sheffield in the Coastal Star, the salon offered complimentary makeovers in 2009 to wives of military personnel as a way to give back to the community.
After spending two decades perfecting her ability to cultivate physical beauty and well-being, Nancy Reagan opened Bella Reina Spa to share her wealth of knowledge with a growing number of beneficiaries. An experienced aesthetician, makeup artist, nail professional, and nutrition expert, she has yet to find a specialty she cannot master, and her all-around savvy may explain the bourgeoning popularity of her boutique, spa, and retail shop, which is also a Smart For Life Weight Management Center affiliate.
Visitors to the spa pass through a glistening entryway lit by the reflective crystals of square chandeliers hanging above. Beyond the entrance?s high-gloss black floors and velvet-flecked wallpaper, Nancy and her team of professional aestheticians moisturize skin with facials and brush cheeks with an array of cosmetics. Her relaxing massages nullify aches accrued from day-to-day stresses or collisions with the spa?s elegant and smudge-free floor-to-ceiling mirrors.
Decorated with leather sofas, flat-screen TVs, and The Godfather posters, ManCave for Men provides a masculine getaway, complete with complimentary glasses of cold draft beer. Expert barbers work exclusively with products designed for men, from brands such as The Art of Shaving and L’Oréal Professionnel Homme. Private massage sessions are also available to relieve pain and stress caused by work, injuries, and wresting picnic baskets away from greedy bears.
At Microcurrent Delray, precise bursts of electricity help shape, heal, and sculpt the body. Trained technicians target and tone faces, thighs, and abdomens with microcurrent technology, whereas therapeutic ultrasound helps heal painful and damaged soft tissue. The high-tech health clinic also traffics in traditional treatments, such as massage therapy and the ear-centric practice of auriculotherapy.
Dr. Thomas Balshi didn't just relax on the beach in his free time while earning a medical degree at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Instead, the doctor pulled on a scuba suit and served as a PADI underwater medical-rescue diver. The drive to challenge himself has remained with Dr. Balshi throughout his career, leading him to achieve board certification in both internal medicine and dermatology. His expertise in these contrasting fields has instilled the doctor with a value for full-body wellness, and his Dermatology & Liposculpture Center fulfills this passion by running the gamut from cosmetic procedures such as chemical peels and laser hair and tattoo removal to treatment for various types of skin cancer.
As the director of aesthetics within Dr. Balshi's Dermatology & Liposculpture Center, licensed clinical aesthetician Lisa Michelle Nadeau devises skincare treatments that help heal existing wear on skin due to aging, sun damage, and sandpaper pillows, and prevent future damage from occurring. Her specialties include microdermabrasion, acne treatments, and medical-grade skin services.
Everything about Eleven Spa Delray says oasis. The courtyard is lined with palms. White-curtained cabanas billow around a tanning pool whose shallow water is dotted with surreally floating lounge chairs. The Blue Room acts as a cool cavern during the heat of the day, accented with white leather chaise longues and lime-green skylights. Even the private changing areas feature decadent touches such as waterfall showers.
If Eleven Spa Delray doesn't look quite like anything you've seen before, that's by design. To that end, aromatherapy oils and heated basalt stones can be added onto massages. Mani-pedis can be made ultra-luxuriant with mineral-rich volcanic masks and peppermint spa baths. The spa's own ElevenSkin line of skincare products are made from nutrient-dense marine plants.