Europa Salon & Spa helps clients define their aesthetic image by creating well-crafted coiffures. During a men's or women's cut, experienced stylists take up their shears and shape head-hedges into neatly trimmed frizz, pausing often to water thirsty stems with moisturizing Aquage and Biolage products. In addition to the follicle chopping, clients have the option of pairing their haircut with a professional Redken dye to refresh worn-out colors and impress the fickle drawing room mirrors.
Simply Beautiful Lashes' owner Amy spent 20 years in the corporate world before deciding to open her own lash studio. The decision was a big one, but it only took one client to convince her that she'd made the right choice. A woman who had recently undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer visited her studio in hopes of receiving a fan of fluttery extensions to boost her own eyelashes, which were just beginning to grow back. Since the woman's lashes were still weak, Amy could only apply relatively short, thin extensions, creating a look that was more natural than dramatic. “When she looked into the mirror she broke out into tears,” Amy recounted. “I thought she was upset, but they were tears of joy—she said for the first time in years she felt like a woman again.” With that, she knew lash extensions were her calling.
Amy, a self-described perfectionist, has made every effort to ensure her spa is worthy of her customers' time and money. From the soft music and warm lighting from Himalayan salt-crystal lamps to the 320-hour, 80-application training process required of her licensed lash professionals, each element of the business strives to make every lash application an enjoyable one. The lash artists use only synthetic-mink extensions and formaldehyde-free, medical-grade adhesives, and apply lashes one by one. The result is a look that's not only natural and elegant, but often forgoes the need for mascara, eyelash curlers, and beauty tips from Snuffalupagus.
The Lash Lounge's founder Anna Phillips—an advanced certified eyelash-extension trainer—once traveled the nation to impart the art of semipermanent eyelash application to scores of fellow lash artists. Now, at all of Lash Lounge's locations, such artists work to ensure that every guest returns to their day-to-day activities batting fuller, darker lashes. They meticulously apply each synthetic strand to a natural lash with medical-grade glue, imbuing peepers with a customized, natural look that can last up to two months with proper care. Applying lashes of varying lengths, thicknesses, and degrees of curl, they have earned the praise of publications including Allure magazine and Women's Wear Daily.
They also strive to eliminate lengthy daily makeup applications with permanent-makeup services. After a complimentary consultation, a staff of licensed aestheticians and permanent-makeup artists precisely applies permanent eyeliner, lip color, or third eyebrows. For those who prefer makeup that washes off, Anna has concocted her own line of mineral cosmetics, brushes, and primers.
The licensed cosmetologist at Peachy Keen Studio affix lash extensions with expert care and precision. The lash-by-lash, two-hour application is customized according to the individual length, curl, and batting average of each strand, ensuring a unique, natural appearance for every eyeball. Once the extensions are securely in place, clients are free to enjoy everyday activities, such as running or swimming, for two to four weeks before the next application is needed. The safe, synthetic lashes adhere to their natural counterparts with surgical-grade adhesive to create a full, fluttery pack of eyelid adornments ideal for flagging down passing butterflies. Peachy Keen’s lash master ensures clients depart understanding how best to care for and maintain their newly installed ocular adornments.
Plush Beauty Bar's hot-pink walls and zebra-print furniture belies the funky, fashion-forward focus it fosters in each of its services. It bolsters appearances with spray tanning and signature lash extensions that give clients a glamorous look to last for days. Meanwhile, aestheticians cleanse complexions with facials that incorporate steam exfoliation and the chance to throw in add-ons such as paraffin dips, chemical peels, or novelty mustaches.
Committed to styling hair without the use of scissors, razors, or chemicals, Blash Style & Lash Boutique's stylists infuse strands with Vietnamese botanicals to garner a healthy, hydrated shine while pampering scalps and complexions with relaxing beauty treatments. Stylists massage noggins with a dollop of Kim Vo shampoo customized to each client's hair type, destressing headscapes with every sudsy knead while infusing hair with hydrating Vietnamese botanicals for a smooth, luxurious result akin to that of playing a chocolate saxophone. Faces then bask in the skin-freshening custom facial cleanse, which draws upon therapeutic waters culled from the Mont Sainte-Odile springs in southern France to bring forth clear, radiant complexions. Stylists then blow-dry and style hair into natural, glamorous 'dos without the use of chemicals or rubber cement.