Mia Bella's experienced staff shellacs and soothes tootsies with tender spa services and high-quality products. Weary feet follow a warm trail of pacifying pebbles to the sanctuary of the one-hour hot-stone pedicure. A nail technician's nimble mitts use gently heated smooth stones to massage soles, rub heels, knead calves, and help shy feet train to traipse down pebbly beaches with ease. Once people-paws have been thoroughly unwound, a technician paints an OPI polish onto bottom-dwelling digits, providing color or shine that twinkles with every delighted wriggle of the toes.
ZEN micro spa and salon’s highly trained and style savvy staff members snip and tousle locks to create masterfully chic cuts. Strands unwind in the lithe fingers of a mane maven who uses organic shampoos and conditioners to free hair from dirt, oil, and clown wigs before enlisting scissor-wielding hands to dance freely across cranial landscapes. After the attentive shearing, stylists employ a round brush to blow-dry locks into a smooth, voluminous finish or twist tresses into bouncy curls. For an additional charge not included in this deal, grooming genies can grant fancier finishes in the form of elegant braids, hair wraps, or extensive flat-ironing to smooth wrinkles from hair or forehead.
At a young age, budding hairstylist Sylvain Melloul joined the L’Oréal Professionnel artistic team—which took him from the salons of Paris to those of Washington D.C. As his English vocabulary grew, so did his fan base, which led him to open his own salon in 1974. But things didn’t run as smoothly as expected. Sylvain’s staff lacked the background knowledge to perform up to his standards, a lapse he felt compelled to fix. He did so by opening a school where scores of stylists could learn the fundamentals of a professional cut. The school remains in session today, with students wielding L’Oréal products as they learn to snip, color, and highlight tresses.