Before developing Elite Ceuticals Non Surgical Face Lift, the owner spent more than 20 years formulating skincare products for other companies. Armed with that experience, she creates skincare blends that stimulate and revive aging skin with aloe vera that's grown hydroponically—that is, fed a regimen of minerals and vitamins and never treated with pesticides or put through a laminating machine.
Verve Hair Salon was founded by husband and wife Jeff and Julie Lopinot, two veteran stylists committed to delivering fashionable, flattering haircuts. Having both attended Vidal Sassoon in London and worked as educators for Rusk, the duo now leads a staff of cosmetologists and specialists ready to conduct services keyed to each client's needs. Every precision haircut begins with a consultation to determine an approach based on factors including face shape, lifestyle, and affinity for upside-down roller coasters. In addition to cuts, the team also delivers coloring treatments ranging from double-process blonding to crown section highlights and dimensional coloring, as well as texturing services and hair extensions.
Colombia native Patricia Estes demonstrates her artistic talent in each mani-pedi she performs for men, women, and children alike. The longtime painter and licensed nail technician offers a full line of nail services—manicures, pedicures, and acrylic or gel nails—but her specialty is imaginative nail art. She painstakingly enhances fingernails and toenails with vibrant, highly detailed designs or miniature re-creations of Monet's Water Lilies. She works out of the 100-year-old National Avenue Cutting Company building with a group of stylists who also offer haircuts and other salon services.
The walls are lavender. The doors are lavender. The smell might even be lavender. But here's the thing—Lavenders Nail & Tanning Studio is serious about the entire spectrum of colors, from bronzed skin tones to kaleidoscopically vivid nail polishes. Eight tanning beds install fresh-from-the-space-station glows with UV-light systems, while airbrush artists coat clients form head-to-toe without harsh aftereffects. Optional red-light therapy beds stimulate collagen to keep skin youthful by diminishing sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and other blemishes. Nearby, nail techs can coat nails in solid colors, polka-dot patterns, or collages that feature glitter and decals. However classic or daring clients want their nails to look, the savvy staff at Lavenders listens closely and delivers artful results.
Hair Therapy Salon's team of creative, skillful stylists snip, style, shade, and strip hair through a variety of expert services. Put feminine strands in the deft hands of a scissor-maneuvering professional for a stylish ladies' cut and style ($35–$42). Or drag a mangy man mane in for a dapper do-over ($25–$29), complete with an optional steamed towel to relax the face and make it more diet-friendly. Fresh trims are easily snagged for lads and lasses ages 1–12 ($15–$25), and stylish teens and self-conscious collies can drop in for a quick bang or beard trim ($8). For those looking to lacquer locks in a different hue, a single color application ($50–$60+) revamps the entirety of the head's nest, and half-head highlights ($60+) add touches of luster that dance in and out of the hair's natural tint. Firm believers that not all follicles are created equally fashionable, the talented filament tamers also apply their landscaping expertise to more bothersome bristle, waxing away stubble from the brow ($15), lip ($12), or chin ($15) to create sleeker expressions and more easily escapable Halloween masks.
Spotlight unites celebrity expert hosts and the couture-curious for a one-day expo featuring workshops that showcase the latest advancements in beauty and fashion innovation. During The Shoot Experience, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., renowned fashion photographer Babak and Shear Genius contestant and North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) winner Faatemah Ampey bewitch onlookers with a behind-the-scenes look at the methods and techniques they will utilize in their upcoming NAHA entry shoot. The talented duo will disseminate insider tips on capturing a blue-ribbon pic, as well as hand down experiential know-how for fashioning individual submissions, including why such money savers as hiring horses for models may give away that you're a newbie.