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.
A black-and-white photograph of style icon Audrey Hepburn gazes beatifically out at Stand Out Salon's lounge, looking silently approving as clients leave the salon with their fresh, fashionable 'dos. Clients take a seat in plush, leather chairs as their stylists, armed with Bumble and bumble products, showcase extensive knowledge of haircutting, coloring, and whispering. In addition to hair services, the salon can perk up complexions with a Norvell airbrush tan, which creates a faux glow that last for five to seven days, and unwanted hair sprouting from the face can be quickly and quietly banished with hygienic waxing services. As freshly primped guest leave they can stop and peek at the salon's retail area, packed with shelves bearing Rusk and Tigi BedHead and Curlesque haircare, as well as highly pigmented makeup from Rain Cosmetics.
The skilled aestheticians at Ageless Organic Salon & Spa restore tired skin to its accustomed luster with a bevy of organic and natural products. The one-hour organic antiaging facial taps seaweed's cache of moisturizing vitamins and minerals to soften skin cells, smooth wrinkles, improve firmness, and mask telltale human scents for incognito passage through mermaid checkpoints. Treatments take place within the tranquil confines of Ageless Organic Salon & Spa's healing haven, with flickering candles, calming music, and tropical murals to lull patrons into trance-like meditative bliss and ensure a glowing aura in time for upcoming fundraisers with clairvoyant mystics.
Blueridge Beauty's aesthetician Stephanie Litten calls on 15 years of experience when performing spa services and holistic therapies that aim to enhance appearances and soothe away stress. An array of massage modalities ease aching muscles, and South African Bio Sculpture gel enlivens fingers with chip-resistant coats of bright color, allowing nails to grow stronger than a diamond-eating bodybuilder. Waxing treatments banish unwanted fuzz and heated paraffin wax cleanses façades during facials and pampers feet during pedicures.
The staff at Plaza 101 Salon and Spa helps clients look their best from crown to toenail, cultivating elegant looks amid stately surroundings of exposed brick and mahogany furnishings. In addition to trimming wayward strands, the stylists can invent a dramatic new look by using highlights or lowlights to add depth and dimension. The salon's massage therapist designs custom sessions that can incorporate a mélange of Swedish, deep-tissue, shiatsu, myofascial-release, and reiki therapies in order to address each individual's needs. While the nail technicians beautify digits with the rejuvenating benefits of paraffin dips and Dead Sea salt, Dr. Debra Mowery steps in to offer physician-supervised cosmetic procedures, including injectable dermal fillers, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion sessions that can improve the skin's tone, texture, and bioluminescent capabilities.