Before landing in Metairie, skilled stylist Cristina transformed manes in the glamorous realms of Vegas and Hollywood. After nearly four decades in the industry and training with Vidal Sassoon, her capable hands cut, color, and smooth locks with the unquestionable authority of a middle school hall monitor in a state of martial law. When they enter her salon, Cristina’s clients are welcomed with a complimentary beverage and a detailed discussion about their hair goals. Products from Pureology, Rusk, and Sudzz fill the air with sweet smells and lend extra glisten to her finished works of art.
Robin Drolla Melancon and her staff pride themselves on handling any emergency that pops up at Nola Hair Salon. Her stylists have performed hair and makeup for six bridesmaids that needed to be wedding-ready by noon, and have squeezed in a shampoo and blowout at 7 p.m. for a businesswoman who had just gotten off a plane from Singapore and had a late dinner meeting. They also handle problem hair with keratin treatments and skin with Nerium anti-aging creams, which rely on the Nerium oleander plant to fight wrinkles.
A team of certified fitness instructors, nail technicians, licensed aestheticians, and licensed massage therapists work together to ensure clients’ well-being both inside and out. A trio of fitness teachers guide students through core-strengthening Pilates exercises, hip-swinging Zumba moves, and Piloxing—a blend of Pilates and Boxing routines. After sculpting bodies, clients can relax under the trained hands of a massage therapist or refurbish mugs during microdermabrasion treatments and deep-sea peels.
At Professional Color Concepts, scissor savant Cheryl Penouilh draws on more than 15 years of experience as she transforms hair with fashionable cuts and styles. Penouilh takes into account face shape, skin tone, lifestyle, and dreams of singing in a hair band before lavishing attention on manes with Framesi hair-care products. Patrons relax amid the salon’s rich wood décor and enjoy one-on-one attention while undergoing their metamorphoses.
The talented tan artists at Bella Bliss Salon and Spa mollycoddle alabaster epidermises with 15-minute Norvell sunless spray tans. Customized to flatter features and minimize lingering kindergarten face paints, the airborne bronzer coats skinscapes in even, sweeping strokes at the hands of a professional tan technician. The solution takes up to 16 hours to fully develop, after which clients sport golden hues for five to seven days. Before their services, clients can unwind on a cushiony love seat, browse the shop’s ornate jewelry selection, or allow the ticking wall clock to hypnotize them into giving it a spray tan of its own.
At Milan Hair and Body Salon, the receptionist is the first to greet clients—unless Bo is around. The presence of Bo, the salon's unofficial mascot dog, exemplifies the friendly, relaxed environment maintained by the salon's stylists. The stylists, some of whom have more than 30 years of experience, use Matrix and Rusk products during services that range from conditioning hair to coloring it so it can resemble the client's favorite Mondrian painting. Removed from the salon floor in a private treatment room, aesthetician Diane Ligi employs more than seven years of experience to deliver relaxing spa services accompanied by soothing music and aromatherapy.