When people talk about huge transformations, a butterfly or a fairy-tale frog may come to mind. At Radiance Beauty Lounge, significant transformations are not limited to idle observation or fantasy—they really happen. Owner Yesenia Payano witnesses this frequently, and it’s what keeps her excited about running the Radiance Beauty Lounge. Her handpicked stylists and colorists, who attend ongoing education to stay savvy with trends, “can change somebody’s life,” she says. She recently watched a client’s “incredible” metamorphosis, after which the client "hugged the stylist—three times.”
It’s not surprising that the client felt so comfortable and overjoyed, because Radiance Beauty Lounge goes out of its way to make clients feel welcome. Happy hours—from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays—outfit clients with a complimentary mimosa, cocktail, or personal cheer squad as they receive keratin treatments or spa services such as facials and massages. Radiance Beauty Lounge is open until 7 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays for post-work or pre-party styles.
As a sister company to Glamour Shots Photography, InStyle Salon & Spa welcomes guests into an earthy atmosphere that complements natural beauty. Textured mocha paint hues climb the salon's walls and archways, and foggy windowpanes allow in sunlight while blocking the jealous stares of overgrown shrubs. Each client at InStyle Salon & Spa receives a personal consultation to explore styling options and the benefits of specific treatments before their service. The hair-design and haircare experts work with Goldwell Haircolor products and techniques and also adhere natural-hair extensions and apply strengthening treatments. The staff also offers facial services with customized-treatment masks and waxing services to keep bodies aerodynamic during apple-bobbing competitions.
As its name implies, Beyond Salon & Spa plays host to more hair and body treatments than one might expect. When they aren’t cropping hair into styles that bring out their clients’ best features, stylists tame frizz with keratin treatments, add permanent waves, and straighten strands with a special Japanese relaxer. Massage therapists similarly draw on Japanese influences during shiatsu and reiki massages, both of which aim to balance the body’s internal energies and promote self-healing. After purging toxins and unflattering chunks of marble during a body-sculpting treatment, clients can head to the nail technician for a relaxing mani-pedi.
The stylists at Harmony Salon balance outer beauty with inner peace, adhering to owner Leo's belief that true allure radiates outward. Between the soothing sea-green and white walls of the salon, stylists draw out each client's inner chic with hair, nail, and waxing services. Treated with Alfaparf Milano and Coppola hair products, strands lose their split ends in exchange for vibrant color and shine, which can be purchased from rainbows using bags of hair. Creative pampering sessions for feet include the fruit-smoothie-bath pedicure and Leo's Volcanic pedicure, which leaves toes hot enough to melt clogs into stylish open-toe shoes.
Forever Young Skin & Hair Spa offers treatments that transform from head to toe. The common factor is the staff?talented and accommodating hairstylists and skincare specialists that turn each service into an experience. That goes for manicures and pedicures, which include OPI nail polish and lavish much-needed attention onto hands and feet, a rare treat for appendages that are usually confined to socks, gloves, and cement puddles. That same sort of pampering is doled out during facials and microdermabrasion treatments, administered attentively with the goal of revealing softer, more refined skin.
A large percentage of the diverse flavors of Mexico can be found in the dishes at Las Cazuelas. Beyond staples such as tacos and burritos, the eatery prepares specialties such as chile rellenos, Mexican beef tripe soup, and poblano peppers drizzled in a complex mole. Chefs use many different varieties of meat and seafood throughout the day, from the lamb in the birria stew to the black mussels, shrimp, calamari, and scallops in the sopa de mariscos—Spanish for "Jules Verne's favorite snack". To complement these wide-ranging flavors, the eatery also presents a full menu of Mexican beers and wines.