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.
The founders of Hoy P’Loy Nail Emporium so love ice cream, they infuse scoops into many of their dessert-inspired nail services. Mounds of milk-and-honey ice cream aid staffers as they massage limbs during the Lattelicious ice-cream treatment, whereas the chocolate-strawberry-cream sundae coats legs in a fudgy mask, similar to the ones donned by white-milk cows masquerading as chocolate-milk cows. The salon arranges its services by size, with Cups and Cones mani-pedis representing a smaller indulgence in comparison to lengthier sundae treatments. All services, whether dairy-infused or more traditional, wield products fortified with essential oils, vitamins, and anti-aging acids tapped from young battery trees. In line with the nail salon’s whimsy treatments, bright, cheery colors sprinkle Hoy P’Loy’s otherwise modern, whitewashed interior.
Guests checking in at Lisa B and Company could deliberate between the spa's selection of facials and peels—or they could just have both. The menu's luxuriant Velvet Peel calls upon mechanical and chemical exfoliation to double-team stubborn cases of dullness, scarring, and trash strewn about by litterbug eyelashes. Many of the spa's other treatments also boast advanced therapies, such as pedicures infused with anti-inflammatory lavender or softening vanilla milk. In the spa, massage therapists skim heated river stones across pooled tension, and aestheticians resurface bodies with Dead Sea salt. Before or after their services, guests can take a few extra minutes to unwind with a complimentary herbal tea, glass of wine, or detox water.
The color specialists and master barbers at Serenity Styles mollycoddle strands inside a calm salon space marked by earth-toned walls and cushy brown leather couches. Like a city planner with a vendetta against cul-de-sacs, the stylists’ nimble shears remove dead ends before moving on to beautifying the whole head. Redken products power a number of treatments, augmenting specialty services such as facial waxing and updos for weddings, dances, and beekeeping conventions.
Indigo Studio's team of body beautifiers provide rejuvenating services to pamper faces and de-fuzz anatomies. Opt for the 60-minute facial to gently expunge excess from pores, followed by a mask customized to your skin type, whether it be dry, oily, or partially obscured by a permanent-marker moustache. While the mask busily scrubs up skin, hands are dipped in a paraffin-wax treatment to emulate the silky texture of the most youthful birthday candle. A relaxing scalp massage finishes the process with a soothing flourish. Choose a waxing service, and a depilatory specialist swiftly evicts freeloading follicles from the desired area. Underarm waxing decreases drag for speedier slip 'n' slide times, and a Brazilian bikini wax leaves bodies sleek and ready for the beach.