Whether they are seeking the drama of a smoky eye or the laid-back look of nude, natural tones, Danielle Tiara's clients can rest assured she'll achieve their desired aesthetic. The makeup artist, who flourished under the tutelage of a celebrity makeup artist, tackles everything from bridal makeup to complex masks for film. She does so with a simple philosophy: beauty resides within everyone, just waiting to be revealed.
Herbal poultices, warm oils, and energy balancing aren’t the tools of a typical spa, but at Santhigram Kerala Ayurvedic Center they’re a primary defense against stress and discomfort. The doctors, one of whom has studied ayurvedic medicine since childhood, take a holistic approach to health and happiness. They use herbs relied on by the ayurvedic method for thousands of years and believe that the natural remedies without side effects can help assuage a vast range of medical and emotional concerns. Traditional treatments include pouring thin streams of warm oil onto foreheads to reduce stress, opening pores with steam baths, and producing giggles with acupressure massage.
Semmeria Anderson of Semmeria Hair Couture has hundreds of client photos in her files. Their hairstyles are natural and relaxed, short and cascading, brassily dyed and subtly highlighted. Their makeup is expertly applied. It's a repertoire of techniques Anderson is always expanding via continuing education, though she also teaches classes on makeup and hair.
Because she works one-on-one with customers, who have included models appearing in Cosmopolitan, she's able to focus on the details of how they want to look. Of course, Anderson cares about how hair feels as well as how it looks and whether it's maintaining optimal scalp temperature. Shampoos and conditioners from Mizani are formulated specially to nurture African American hair. Anderson also adds color and shine with cellophane rinses. Free of ammonia, peroxide, and alcohol, they're designed to protect hair rather than dry it out.
Cocktailz & Nailz festoons fingertips with polish, glitter, and other ornaments in a festive cocktail-lounge atmosphere. Customers can sidle into a private suite and sip a complimentary cocktail, such as wine, or an absolute stress or mug of tea as technicians welcome fingers with a relaxing massage and individual nametags. An arsenal of professional manicure tools curtail cuticles, shape nails into uniform squares or ovals, and buff away ridges. SpaTini manicures include guests’ choice of either a revivifying espresso hand scrub or a soothing dip in warm paraffin wax before conventional nail polish crowns nails with alluring new shades. Shellac manicures imbue fingers with shiny, lustrous color which dries instantly and resists chips for up to two weeks. Free WiFi lights up clients’ computers, smartphones, or replicas of R2-D2, and the salon’s resident chef whips up snacks (not included with this Groupon) for post-treatment nibbling.
Located inside the spacious Raimon's Day Salon Beaute, Chayah Spa and Wellness strives to enhance both outward beauty and internal wellness. During facials, aestheticians remove impurities from pores and nourish skin with masks made from moisturizing mud or volcanic minerals. Organic oils ease the strokes of Swedish massages that gently knead the body, and hot-stone massages alternate warm and cool temperatures to confuse muscles until they resign themselves to relaxation. Patrons can also find pure, liquid-extracted herbs that improve the condition of their hair and skin.
Owner and stylist Evonne Hall, also known as "the hair doctor," owes her uncanny ability to repair damaged tresses to her decade of professional experience working with multinational hair types. She specializes in extensions and is certified to perform keratin-based straightening treatments. She also helms a team of talented staffers, including sought-after stylist Jameka Phillips, who sculpts over-the-top looks for weddings, gala events, and photo shoots, and Rashanique Aaron, Verianese Richards, and Lillian Scott, who perform services that range from simple cuts to bonded weaves.