Hairdressing runs in his blood. As a third-generation stylist, Jeff—the owner and director of Gemmette Hair Studios—not only loved hair from a young age but acted on his passion and began working in the industry at the age of 15. He then went on to attend the Vidal Sassoon school in London before garnering enough skills to become a color specialist and educator for Paul Mitchell. Now Jeff shares his endless love for hair not only with his clients but with his team of stylists at both Gemmette Hair Studio locations. Under Jeff's tutelage, each stylist much complete the salon's training program before working their way through the ranks of junior, senior, and designer stylist. And, even after all that training, the group still shows offs their hunger to learn by mastering the latest hair trends and techniques through continuing-education courses.
Along with precision cuts for adults and kids, Japanese hair-straightening treatments, and corrective coloring, Gemmette's crew is skilled in eyelash extensions and makeup applications. Hair can also be restored with the salon's reviving blow-dry treatments, which help brighten locks, protect against breakage with argan- and olive-oil-infused products, and boost volume.
Though the focus in each Gemmette Hair Studio is the client, the owner did not skimp on decor. Both locations offer elegance—one with baroque decor and the other inspired by zen—as well as fully stocked color bars boasting every shade of the rainbow, including pot of gold.
Master stylist, educator, and platform artist Nina Grossman traveled the country before settling in Texas. Over the course of 16 years, she honed her skills from Alaska to New York, landing in Austin in 2007 to open Luxe A Boutique Salon. Throughout her career, Grossman has mentored up-and-coming beauty pros on the art of hair design as well as the importance of listening to clients' needs and reinterpretations of show-tune classics. She's gathered a team of master stylists and color specialists, makeup artists, and aestheticians to perform services that range from haircuts and highlights to peels and threading.
Her salon's exposed-brick walls and leather chairs lend it sophistication, and damask-like patterns juxtaposed with animal prints nod to both vintage and contemporary sensibilities. In a private, chocolate-toned skincare room, associates perform fragrant facials with Éminence Organic Skin Care products, soothing complexions in the way the floral artwork soothes the mind. Afterward, women can shop for apparel and accessories in the boutique area or head to the outdoor patio to relax before reemerging into the world.
At Skin Solutions Staten Island, the main focus is, of course, skin, and a team of aestheticians works to clear it of the many epidermal issues that can plague it. Some techniques are more advanced, including an extensive array of laser services that treat anything from age spots and acne to spider veins and loss of elasticity. There are cellulite treatments, too, as well as Botox injections and permanent-makeup applications.
More traditional therapies include several types of facials, such as glycolic peels and deep-pore cleansing. Body treatments nourish the skin with seaweed wraps or honey-almond scrubs, and massage therapy relaxes muscles with Swedish, hot-stone, or reflexology sessions.
Venus Esthetics’ tranquil spa retreat is a honeycomb of intimate treatment rooms in which clients rejuvenate their looks or shed undue stress. Aestheticians pamper the countenances of men and women alike, glazing faces with antioxidant-rich products, aromatic essential oils, or cheekbone-enhancing Venetian masks. To nourish skin below the neck, clients can wallow in full-body treatments infused with organically grown seaweed, algae, or sea salt. The spa’s massage therapists employ therapeutic bodywork that soothes musculature sore from stress, injury, or physical exertion. The center's cosmetic technicians outfit themselves with top-secret technology, including a skin-firming ultrasound machine and an aesthetic laser system.
Luminesse Laser turns back the clock with the rejuvenating power of supercharged light. Laser-abetted services include hair removal, which can eliminate fur permanently or near-permanently, and spider vein treatments that can obliterate web-like patterns of blood vessels. Tattoo removal erases unwanted ink while LED teeth whitening dissolves stains caused by years of drinking or gargling with coffee and cola. Laser-less services include relaxing massage, facials, microdermabrasion, and sunless spray tans, which bronze bodies using a completely organic solution.
A front desk topped with pillar candles welcomes guests to Hair Essentials Salon, immediately ensconcing them amid its modern furniture bathed in warm, golden tones. Inside the studio, a staff of more than 25 stylists and aestheticians caters to beauty needs with a variety of services, from men’s and women’s cuts and color treatments to manicures and waxing sessions for removing unwanted hair from old gumballs.