Parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and genetically modified ingredients don't belong in any of the skincare products used by master aesthetician Shelley Birnbaum. Driven by a passion for eco-friendly practices, as well as a dedication to providing effective spa treatments, Shelley decided to only stock and employ balms and salves made from organically derived materials. But she wasn't content to merely vend these products—she began making them herself.
Along with her ReNew Botanicals Organic & Vegan line, Shelley draws on a handful of other trusted brands to naturally treat a wide range of skincare concerns. Her facials soothe complexions and address signs of aging with such earth-loving components as grape seed oil, olive leaf powder, and odes addressed "To That Really Nice Field." Many of her treatments are vegan, ensuring any client can stop by for a refreshing pick-me-up.
NovaLash-certified extensionist Gail Hallman, a graduate from the Von Lee International School of Aesthetics, is well versed in the art of applying eyelid fringe. The semi-permanent, individual, synthetic lashes are designed to resemble a naturally curled lash and respond better to wear and tear (flirty winks, marathon crying sessions) than any other material. Lashes vary in length and thickness.
Faith Montague's passion for styling hair started at a young age. She started practicing on herself and her family, determined to master caring for natural African American hair. After a nine-year hiatus from styling to serve in the Army, Faith created Candid You in order to showcase her 14 years of experience in haircare. With specialties in braiding, and protective styling, she also offers Sisterlocks, a gentle, chemical-free technique that uses the natural textures of African American hair to create flowing locks.
Nestled inside Lux Studios, Didi Green has been creating beautiful, designer hairstyles from all manner of hair types for more than 15 years. She draws experience from performing cuts, color, and texture services at New York's Fashion Week as well as training at Oribe Hair of New York. When she's not transforming outmoded hairdos into chic, trendy looks, she can be found leading workshops as a freelance educator.
At Nichi Bei Kai, the owners seek to present authentic slices of Japanese culture for American consumption, from Teppan-style tableside cooking to beautifully plated sushi rolls. During meals, cooks juggle knives and fire, flipping ingredients before them as they fry rice; dice chicken, steak, and seafood; and fill plates with hot eats. Meanwhile, behind the sushi bar, sushi chefs perform knife work no less impressive, if far more delicate. They dice fine rolls of seafood, rice, and vegetables into perfectly even, bite-sized chunks after measuring each diner’s mouth with only their well-trained eyes.