On the wall in the lobby of Badar's Hair & All is a large oil painting of a dancer in a black dress striking an elegant pose, her back to the viewer. The surrounding wine-red walls complement the dark portrait, as do the ornate red plush couches, antique side tables, gilded mirrors, and Oriental rugs.
Beauty experts at the salon and spa mirror their beautiful surroundings by crafting tailored haircuts, grooming nails, and administering facials. They also perform more advanced aesthetic treatments, including laser hair removal and tattoo removal. For special occasions such as weddings or trips to the upscale grocery store, they decorate hands and feet with henna.
Nestled in downtown New Port Richey, Belle Elan Salon makes a cozy oasis for a host of beautifying treatments. From among their services, multiple types of straightening treatments meet hair-specific needs such as creating sleek strands with keratin formulas or leaving curls frizz-free but intact with Pravana blowouts.
During pedicures, Belle Elan not only prettifies feet, but also protects them from bacteria and nail-nibbling piranhas by swapping whirlpool tubs for Footsiebath’s disposable liners.
The depilation artists at Brow Art 23's boutique produce carefully sculpted eyebrows and perform precision threading and waxing services. During their signature eyebrow-threading services, the boutique's technicians wield two threads over fuzzy body surfaces to pull out fine hairs or sculpt fuzz into neat shapes quickly and effortlessly. Their arsenal of eyebrow-pampering products also includes angled eyebrow brushes, stencils, and makeup to glam up bland brows and keep new looks fresh at home. Threading can also be done on other parts of the body besides the face, leaving any area smooth or remaining hair formed into the name Denise. The boutique also offers henna tattoos and eyelash extensions, rounding out its suite of beautifying services.
Nestled on a street corner in the Federal Hill neighborhood, The RowHouse Grille beckons to passersby with homey feasts of freshly caught seafood, crispy fried chicken, and burgers. A misty, old-timey charm pervades the welcoming tavern, with wooden rafter beams overhead, dark varnished hardwood floors underfoot, and a silent 'e' defiantly hanging off the end of the word "Grill." Friendly tenders at two different bars pour out frosty glasses of beer from 16 taps, perfect for pairing with a plate of P.E.I. mussels or New England lobster rolls. Servers bear gifts of jerk chicken, gator po' boys, and English pea risotto, or cart out five-course sampler feasts of smoked cheese, seared scallops, bacon-wrapped steaks, and pear tartes.
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A Chat with DAVIS ISLAND BEAUTY SALON & SPA AND BARBER SHOP
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Technique: In threading, a thin (cotton or polyester) thread is doubled, then twisted. It is then rolled over areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove short lines of hair.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Origin: Most people believe threading originated in India over 6000 years ago and spread throughout Asia, the Middle East and in recent times Europe.
What do you love most about your job?
Advantages cited for eyebrow threading, as opposed to eyebrow waxing, are that it provides more precise control in shaping eyebrows and is more gentle on the skin. It can be painful as several hairs are removed at once: however this can be minimized if it is done professionally.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
The girls I use are from India and Pakistan. Also, since I'm more mature, they hold my eye skin tight while they perform the threading. There is no pain this way, they follow up with aloe gel, and it's very inexpensive. I've been in a lot more pain from waxing and tweezing any day.