At J. Joseph Salon & Spa, owner Roy Naccour has grown his business from a tight-knit group of four employees to an enterprise with 31 expert stylists sought out by television programs, fashion shows, and droves of loyal customers. The salon's level system helps clients choose an ideal stylist based on training, years of professional experience, and number of swords and epaulets. Armed with instruction and certification from top salon academies, the team of stylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians helps patrons rework their appearance with haircuts and makeup applications, formal hairstyling, and shellac mani-pedis. Therapists help clients unwind and release pent-up tension with deep-tissue or Swedish massages, while skin experts revitalize complexions with nourishing facials and microdermabrasions.
The skillful nail technicians at T’ani’s Spa pamper feet and hands with homemade lotions, tension-sloughing massages, and splashes of colorful polish during a relaxing mani-pedi. Paws soften and soak in a warm, salt-infused footbath to kick off the basic pedicure before beauty mavens skillfully trim, shape, and buff toenails by wielding a foot paddle and menacing glares to scare rough calluses away from soles. Layers of homemade lotion moisturize legs and feet during a soothing final massage. After techs shape fingernails, manicure-ready clients choose a Shellac sheen from a rainbow of polish hues, and then watch it set under UV light. Shellac’s rock-hard gel finish will last up to two weeks without chipping. Finally, techs will massage hands wearied from copying the Declaration of Independence on rice grains before releasing them to grab a complimentary beverage, sips of wine, and sweet cookie nibbles within the light-blue walls of T’ani’s Spa's waiting area.
Nails & Skin by Diane's restoration-minded staff caters to both men and women, pampering complexions with personalized, multifaceted face-cleansing techniques. Clients fill out an individual history card upon arrival, which epidermal detectives analyze to investigate each face and determine its specific skin type prior to treatment. Aestheticians then cleanse the skin before steaming it and massaging necks and shoulders via a chorus of nimble fingers, dexterous thumbs, and overzealous earlobes. After faces hide away for a spell behind a mask, which a staffer tailors to the client's specific skin type, countenances slip into a refreshing evening dress of toner and moisturizer. Throughout the facial, the beauty team lavishes layers of dermis in Bioelements and Pevonia Botanica skincare products.
Under the supervision of physician and skin care specialist Dr. Eyad Alsabbagh, Dania Medical Esthetique?s skilled staff helps clients achieve aesthetic goals with a diverse palette of cosmetic and medical services. Waxing services, and injections of Botox help bolster appearances for the short-term, while laser hair removal and permanent makeup can last a lifetime, or until donning irreversible gorilla suits.
Helmed by ambidextrous hairdresser Ben De Cordova, who garnered a first-place Green Award at the 2010 International Fantasy Hair Competition, Salon De Cordova soothes strands and shoulders with passionate attention to artistry and detail. Wig whisperers wield well-sharpened scissors to tame overgrown dos (a $40 value), releasing bad dreams that have been trapped in there for months. After blowing bristles smooth and dry, a soothing shiatsu massage (a $35 value) squeezes stress from the client's scalp and neck, as well as squeezes rainwater from their shoulder pads. Heads depart Salon de Cordova silkier, slightly lighter, and accentuated with a relaxed smile.
When Vicky Lysenko took over Bliss Facial Spa, she quickly realized the challenge she?d signed up for. With no experience in the skincare industry and only the advice of her cosmetologist daughter, Lysenko was overwhelmed by the time and energy it took to maintain a high-quality spa. Today, four years later, Lysenko and her team of aestheticians have proven their mettle. To achieve this success, Lysenko seeks out only the best staff members; in addition to training and ability, she looks for aestheticians with interpersonal skills and a team mentality. Lysenko also keeps her spa on the cutting edge of cosmetic technology. In addition to performing traditional spa services with products from Image Skincare and treatments like the HydraFacial, the staff at Bliss swiftly corrects blemishes and jostles circadian rhythms with FDA-approved light-therapy treatments. Lysenko recalls light-therapy clients who arrived with severe acne or fallout from poorly performed chemical peels. After a series of treatments, their faces were evidence enough of the technology's mending power. ?It?s incredible how fast and how well [they] healed,? she gushes. ?We really have a lot of faith in that light.?