At Love Your Skin By Hope, aesthetician Hope Acuna personalizes each skincare service with carefully selected products. Pretreatment consultations help Hope to tailor cleansing facials to each individual's skin type, and a complimentary patch test checks for allergies to looking pretty before every chemical peel.
In the photo the ladies laugh, but it's not clear if someone's told a joke or they're just giggling at the idea of vamping for the camera. This is the staff at Salon Marchessa, a small, tight-knit band of hairstylists that also includes experienced manicurist Nancy Benton and Sheena Albert, an aesthetician whose Australian beauty training included tweezing the eyebrows of koalas. More recently, certified practitioner Lauren Woznicki has added her massage therapy to the salon's repertoire. The team accents their sunny salon interior with ornate mirrors and vases of flowers, which occupy shelves alongside products by Redken, Sebastian, and Dermalogica.
For Scisters Salon co-founders Melissa Dlouhy and Easton Bajsec, aesthetics is a vocation calling each stylist to enhance the natural beauty of every client. Their salon is a testament to that belief, with each beauty station dedicated to a different aspect of patrons' appearance. At the sanctuary, Paul Mitchell hair treatments strengthen strands or moisturize scalps and come paired with head and neck massage, hot towels, and aromatherapy to banish stress. Nearby, stylists mix hue-transforming dyes to create the perfect shade at the color bar. At the preservation station, patrons learn to care for their new 'dos, learning strategies for recreating a fresh-from-salon look at home.
Shear Illusions Salon & Spa’s Portia Milner has put her more than three decades in the industry to good use. Besides readying models to stomp the runway and helping stylists as an artistic educator for Pravana Naturceuticals, she caps off her impressive resume with earning clients devotion at Shear Illusions. Steady Shears deftly shape manes into flattering coiffures, and laces in extensions to add drama and length. Instead of using foil for highlights, she uses plastic wrap in order to get as close to the scalp as possible, which helps the color last longer. Portia also tames frizzy hair with keratin straightening services.
The licensed aestheticians of Simply Nails and Spa have one goal in mind: make their clients' nails look great. To that end, they offer spa manicures and pedicures, gel nails, and intricate nail art delivered in a professional, no-frills environment. Come in and sink into a cushy chair and dip toes into a sea salt soak, then have nails buffed, filed, and polished to perfection by one of the friendly staff. Clients can also opt for French and shellac pedicures to give feet more oomph than a glitzy pair of Christmas socks. Simply Nails and Spa provides free mimosas upon request and also offers massage and waxing services.