From her styling station at Salon Tiare International Hair Design, stylist Annette Rayfield draws on more than a dozen years of experience to create hairstyles for her clients. Classes in American style capitals including Chicago, New York, and Las Vegas inform her work, which includes specialties such as color treatment and bridal hair designs. Whether straightening out wild frizz or reshaping silhouettes with new cuts, Annette also indulges her artistic side, delivering fashion-forward styles that outwardly express her clients’ personalities.
Marta Wozniak, owner of Blu Laguna Salon and Spa, was training at the prestigious Pivot Point International Academy in Chicago when she decided to put her hairdressing skills to the test at the Midwest Beauty Show. This proved to be a wise move, as she won first place out of 132 other competitors from across the country. Her triumph caught the eye of beauty heavyweights at Elizabeth Arden's Red Door Spa, who brought her on staff and launched her career in the salon world. Eventually, Marta shifted her focus to the sunny scenery of California, where she worked in a few salons before opening her own.
True to its name, the decor of Blu Laguna evokes the feel of a tranquil shoreline. Dangling glass bubbles bend the image of ocean-blue walls in the waiting area, which leads onto a mod, minimalist salon floor whose stark blue and white color scheme is only interrupted by the solitary flower that adorns each styling station. Here, Marta's staff of salon and spa experts—made up of a diverse combination of pros fresh to the industry and those with more than two decades in the business—brightens exteriors with haircuts, skincare, massages, and makeup services. When they aren't polishing clients, the specialists are sharpening their skills in fashion shows, photo shoots, and guerrilla makeovers on unsuspecting crossing guards.
Dannielle Clemens grew up watching her mother and grandmother make others happy through hairstyling, and now she continues the tradition at her Studio DC Salon. In a bright, contemporary space, Clemens and her team of nine stylists—each with specialized training from Vidal Sassoon and ranked by skill level—provide precision cuts, hair-smoothing Keratin Complex treatments, and human-hair extensions affixed with microcylinder, custom hand-tied, and duct-tape techniques. A pair of makeup and brow specialists beautifies heads below the hairline.
The Paris Salon team includes hairstylists, makeup artists, aestheticians, and massage therapists. When they combine their various disciplines, the result is a place where getting dolled up means more than relaxing in a pile of dolls. The team members offer everything from haircuts and color to lash extensions and facials. They also rely on products by Bumble and bumble., such as conditioners that keep colors vibrant and styling products that keep tresses in place.
The weathered wooden beams of vaulted ceilings tower above groups of exercisers in Art of Fitness. As serene as the spa it's a part of, the studio fills with sunlight and views of the Pacific ocean, making the lofty, blue-walled space bright and airy as guests meditate in yoga classes or shed outdated notions of progress on stationary bikes. An outdoor patio and neighboring spa offer tranquil respite from muscle building as children frolic in the childcare center.
As serene and impressive as the interior is, it's the staff of personal trainers that stands out. The team is a certified bulwark of track-and-field stars, Brazilian dancers, boxers, and neuromuscular massage therapists, all pooling their wildly disparate backgrounds to help guests blast past plateaus and slim silhouettes.
Each location offers the regenerative properties of various varieties of massage that make a soul vessel feel springtime fresh. Of your 90-minute massage session, 10 minutes are set aside for dressing time and a consultation with your therapist to ensure your massage is customized for you.