It only seems natural for beautician Olivia Foti to own a salon and spa. Her more than 25 years of experience in the beauty industry is nearly upstaged by her long list of specializations, which include hair extensions, artificial nails, and facial waxing. But at her beauty haven, Salon De Solage, Olivia isn?t the only experienced technician. Many members of her team boast anywhere from 10 to 40 years of experience, and can beautify a range of hair textures with precision cuts and foil highlights.
In the salon?a sanctuary of colorfully bottled products enriched by zebra prints, plants, and red chairs?clients can also be found enjoying customized aromatherapy and reflexology massages, or having their digits done up with acrylic tips. Technicians create these tips from CND's SolarNail powders, which allow the nail bed to breathe beneath a hard exterior primed for polish, nail art, or tiny games of chess.
Salon Infiniti specializes in hair: coloring it, shortening it, lengthening in, pinning it up in a becoming fashion, and putting wax on it?100% all-natural hard wax, to be precise. Stylists create dramatic, flattering 'dos, add realistic extensions, and smooth frizzy locks. Outside the realm of coiffures, the aesthetics department offers Brazilian and full-body waxing, using the sensitive-skin-friendly wax to clear the way and reveal smooth skin beneath the fuzz. In addition, skin specialists perform relaxing and rejuvenating facials, helping customers battle acne, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Salon owner and stylist Ruth Marshall has been revitalizing strands for nearly 25 years, counting celebrities and professional football players among her clientele. The secret of her success is giving each appointment its own unique time slot—this way she avoids double-booking clients and giving hurried treatments. Ruth also arms herself with the latest techniques, such as reducing frizz and boosting shine with the GK Hair Taming System.
The staff of stylists at New Beauty Trends specializes in the latest beauty techniques, ranging from Brazilian blowouts to airbrush makeup. In addition to facials and permanent-makeup applications, the staff offers mainstay salon services such as cuts, colors, and blow-dries.
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.