For nearly a quarter century, Laurie Black has lent her expertise to the aesthetics industry, whether managing weight-loss centers or working side-by-side with physicians and cosmetic surgeons. Today, she operates You Only Better, a wellness center with aesthetic treatments for men, women, and beauty-conscious houseplants. Internal therapies such as B12 injections and colonics energize and purify bodies, and FDA-approved Endermologie cellulite treatments and microdermabrasion enhance exteriors. More than 3,000 clients have enrolled in their weight-loss programs, which combine HCG therapy, low-calorie diets, and weekly weigh-ins to boost metabolism while helping to shed up to one pound a day.
When guests walk out of Salon Ji, they always feel different from when they entered, whether they’re reveling in newfound confidence due to a fresh hairstyle or an aura of relaxation after a soothing massage. In addition to cuts and color, stylists sweep hair into elegant updos, add extensions, or decorate locks with trendy feathers, which can help clients establish a good rapport with neighborhood sparrows. Nail specialists treat hands and feet to mani-pedis using regular or long-lasting Shellac polish, which remains chip-free for up to two weeks. The staff further pampers guests with facials and body waxing.
Pendant lights cast a soft glow over Salon Ji’s sleek purple-gray walls, which contrast with a collection of vibrant paintings. Waiting guests can cozy up in modern black armchairs and browse the web with complimentary WiFi while sipping coffee.
Skin experts at Esthetics Center rely on noninvasive scientific advancements to cultivate smooth, youthful complexions but draw on an ancient Indian art to redesign unruly eyebrows. Skin analyses can lead to custom facials with Shahnaz Husain herbal creams, enzyme therapy gentle enough for those with rosacea, or the outing of secret identities with better skin. Advanced exfoliation procedures involving microcrystal sprays and chemical serums reveal fresh, healthy skin as well as the depth of the aestheticians' knowledge. Body and facial waxing is an exclusive privilege of women at Esthetics Center, but the team extends their skills in eyebrow threading—an age-old technique that uses thread to nab hair but not skin—to both sexes.
Danalee Settle and Katie Coffman bring their styling acumen to their respective chairs at Jagged Edge Salon. Danalee is a Matrix color specialist, and Katie has been doling out dazzling cuts and colors for seven years. The two of them breathe new life into their client’s personal style with on-trend haircuts and youthful highlights that accentuate each person’s most flattering features and most articulate thought bubbles. Inside their vibrant studio, with Tiffany box blue walls and bright pink accents, the staff also offers men’s and women’s haircuts, mani-pedis, and tanning services.
At Salon of RR’s, new coats of color deck out strands and hands alike with highlighting and mani-pedi services. Texturizing treatments and cuts grace hair with new silhouettes; for example, Brazilian Blowout treatments leave hair straight for several months. The treatment also makes styling hair more manageable by smoothing the hair cuticle and eliminating frizz, much like coating hair in floor varnish.
Despite its scrappy name, Jagged Edge Salon's interior is bright and polished, with sleek hardwood floors and electric-blue walls. From the bowl to the chair, stylists wash and style hair with top-shelf products from Matrix and Redken, thickening locks with moisturizing conditioners or illuminating them with all-over highlights. In private rooms that line one wall of the salon, clients can grab their favorite teddy bear and lie down in tanning booths of varying levels.