Making clients happy is important to stylist Tessa Legaspi, which is why she precedes any snips or applications of color with a friendly chat about their personal style. From there, she draws on more than two decades of experience to bring about vibrant hues or long, flowing layers—ensuring each look complements clients’ skin tone and features.
Daniel Rummel, the licensed massage therapist at Old Metairie Massage, brings 17 years of hands-on experience to his tailored one-hour massages. A presession consultation identifies problem areas, such as aches or permanent shoulder pads, after which Daniel cooks up an individualized, multimodality treatment he dubs "massage gumbo." A stainless steel unit, called the hydro collator, creates heat that improves circulation, while deep-tissue and physical therapy kneading draw toxins out of their muscular lairs. Daniel's current and previous patients include Saints players seeking soothing bodywork and impossible-to-open pickle jars.
Peppermint and pure sugar cane are on the menu, but they're not for eating. The peppermint fragrances a warm footbath, and the pure sugar cane acts as scrub for lips or tongues with no self-control. These indulgent ingredients appear in various services at Serenity Day Spa and Gifts, where guests can spend up to a full day relaxing and beautifying with spa packages that combine mani-pedis, facials, and massages. Body-contouring wraps detoxify while they tighten and tone skin, and specially designed facials address the common skincare concerns of men, women, and teens.
Calling on skin-safe supplies such as cosmeceutical-grade serums from Image like their Ormedic organic formulas, paramedical aesthetician Michele Gordy tends to clients' faces with services that include facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments. From her post within Victoria's Regal Nails, Michele begins every appointment with a consultation and detailed skin analysis to understand the unique issues and individual needs of each client's skin. She then tailors her services to treat conditions ranging from unsightly acne to stubborn paint left on former Blue Man Group members.
The licensed therapists at Rejuv Massage Therapy Center mend weary muscles with a variety of healing modalities. A stress-mitigation specialist will first conduct a private consultation to get acquainted with your body's unique stresses and third-favorite jazzercise tape. Then, as a candlelit atmosphere incubates tranquility, the gentle strokes of the 80-minute Swedish/Relaxation massage melt away tensions and long-felt pains into a nontoxic pool of wax. The therapist complements the massage with a sugar scrub, which helps to exfoliate harried hands and frazzled feet. Alongside the main de-stressing procedures, pleasant aromatherapy from essential-oil fragrances soothes the mind's eye and nose and a hot-towel treatment helps to evaporate stress and determine the melting point of terrycloth.
Salon Maia owner Melissa Maia and makeup artist Kelly LeBlanc specialize in making brides' wedding-day visions a reality. The duo performs on-location, preceremony transformations and has collaborated on bridal showcases for New Orleans Bride magazine. Within the magazine's pages, Maia and Leblanc have offered tips for brides-to-be, such as trying out a variety of lipstick colors, deep-conditioning hair six weeks before the wedding, and securing updos with a hairspray that is specifically designed to repel rice.
Within the art-covered, bright blue and white walls of the salon itself, Maia and her team of stylists nourish clients' hair with high-quality products. They use the Pureology and Redken lines to cleanse, condition, and color, and the sought-after Agadir Argan oil spray treatment to repair and protect damaged strands.
After experimenting with artistic expression upon sketchpads and canvases, Krystal Burrell Armstrong found her preferred palette: an untouched complexion. The New Orleans native set about perfecting her craft by studying facial anatomy and advanced makeup techniques, earning her prestigious work with Disney and Sprite and for music mogul Kandi Burruss. The passionate and approachable makeup artist's services run the aesthetic gamut, including basic or bridal makeup applications, beauty personal shopping, and avant-garde makeup applications for fashion shows, costume parties, or driver's license photo shoots.