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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.
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.
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.
Owner Lauren Moulton has more than 30 years salon experience, which she uses to guide and motivate Salon J-Elle’s team of stylists, nail technicians, and makeup artists. Even with all the responsibility of salon ownership, Lauren considers herself a stylist first and often can be found on the floor cutting hair or assisting other staff members. In addition to haircuts and color, the salon also offers nourishing Moroccanoil treatments and Brazilian Blowout Zero keratin hair-smoothing treatments within bright-blue and turquoise walls.