After years as a harried corporate executive, Hayat Al-Khulani’s stressful lifestyle started taking a toll on her. Hayat battled constipation, migraines, and depression. This frustrating combination of symptoms led her to discover the detoxifying process of colon hydrotherapy. She immediately began implementing lifestyle and diet changes and ultimately left her job in the corporate world to study the Woods Gravity Method of colon hydrotherapy so she could share its benefits with others.
Today, at her practice, Lotus Sky, Hayat creates a calming, spa-like environment for her clients with therapeutic music and natural scents. Treatments use filtered water to repeatedly fill and empty the colon, helping purge waste and purify the body while restoring regularity and preserving the client’s modesty.
Hibiscus Therapeutic Center's professionals regale bodies with salon and spa services tailored to each visitor's specific needs. Dexterous hands melt tension like it's a Lego in the microwave during custom massage sessions, where strategic bodywork can take the form of soothing Swedish strokes, intense deep-tissue techniques, or lymphatic-drainage therapy, along with many other modalities. In private spa rooms, flickering candles cast a soft glow on their surroundings while clients receive lush facials and body wraps, containing calming ingredients such as seaweed and eucalyptus leaf. On the way out the door, customers can peruse a library of scents and skin products designed to easily transport therapeutic vibes to homes and subway cars.
A'Lure Hair Design's team of master stylists, many with more than 15 years of cosmetology experience, enhance clients' hair with products from L'Oréal, INOA, and other brands. Beyond haircuts and relaxing scalp massages, the team also tints hair using elixirs custom mixed to match each client’s complexion or the uniforms of the marching band that somehow started following them. The salon's services also draw on an arsenal of blow dryers, facial waxes, and keratin serums.
Becoming a licensed massage therapist was a natural progression for Nancy Silver. Already an enthusiast of yoga and its pain-reducing effects, she began studying Swedish and medical massage techniques at the Institute for Therapeutic Massage to further her understanding of healing powers. Nancy's studies led her to take courses in chair massage, Reiki levels one and two, Eastern bodywork, foot reflexology, and myofascial release. Today, Nancy uses her yoga and massage training to help clients reduce stress and eliminate pain by applying an array of healing techniques, rather than by scolding sore muscles and sending them to timeout.
Jes A. Gichan has been in the beauty industry for more than 15 years and has worked with high-end hair names such as Aveda and Sebastian International. Now Jes trims and layers tresses into dynamic styles as owner of her own JAG Salon & Spa. While waiting on color highlights to set, clients and question Jes about her many signature services such as hair-thinning therapy, deep-conditioning treatments, and rigging bike baskets to handlebar moustaches.
When a client arrives at an appointment at Alter-Ego Makeup Studio, she is the only one in the makeup chair. This is because proprietor Erica Dennis's primary goal isn't to sell a bunch of cosmetics—it's to give her clients a customized look that makes them feel as gorgeous as an A-list celebrity and as adored as someone handing out free ice cream. To that end, she uses professional-grade tools to apply makeup suited for each customer's event, whether it's for a wedding, prom, or everyday wear.
You could say Mark Christopher’s scissor skills are famous: He's sharpened his shears as a Miss Universe stylist and his work has graced the cover of Stepping Out magazine. He regularly showcases his styling talents at his Paul Mitchell Focus salon, where he and his crew revamp ‘dos with fashionable cuts and eye-catching color highlights. They put their line-up of Paul Mitchell products to work with keratin treatments, double-process color, and balayage. Beyond styling hair, the team prettifies faces with makeup applications. The aestheticians can polish up clients for a wedding or give them a dramatic flair with theatrical makeup, transforming them into a futuristic diva with an electric band of pink across their eyes.