Sumi, the licensed cosmetologist whose name graces Sumi Beauty Salon, welcomes patrons into a small, homestyle setting for relaxing services that range from threading and waxing to skincare and haircare treatments and henna tattoos. Reclining chairs and minimally decorated white walls erase distractions during sessions, and large lighted mirrors allow clients to keep close watch on their faces while Sumi goes to work. Staffers also stock beauty arsenals with Dermalogica and herbal products to help remedy skin maladies including acne, wrinkles, dryness, and overly cute dimples.
Dedicated exclusively to hair design, 227CRUZ offers any service pertaining to tresses. The staff relies on professional products from Redken and other top brands to fortify single-process color treatments and subtle ombre highlights. They also offer styling for men, using name brand serums to put the finishing touches on sharp, contemporary cuts. After a cut or color service, clients can opt to have their hair simply and elegantly styled, or request special treatment, such as flat-iron work or an updo.
In her more than 15 years of experience, aesthetician Marjan Kashi of Pure Serenity Skincare has likely never given the exact same facial twice. That's because each facial, microdermabrasion treatment, chemical peel, and electrolysis hair-removal session is customized to the client's specific skin type, history, and expectations. She gathers this information during the consultation that precedes every tailored service.
Chemical-free ayurvedic products and natural methods form the foundation for Naz Beauty Salon's many pampering services, which range from traditional Indian threading to skin-brightening facials infused with pearl, gold, or energy-enriching oxygen cream. Men and women can both stop in for haircuts and hot-oil head massages, and spa packages cater to bridal parties with provisions for limo service, a DJ, and a professional photographer to help to commemorate the occasion. The salon also serves as a classroom space where the expert staff doles out tips on henna application and teaches proper makeup techniques to beginners and recovering ex-clowns.
Over the past 15 years, certified cosmetologist Seema Kapoor has been particularly interested in techniques and products from India, such as Shahnaz Husain skincare. Though this is a specialty, the expertise of her staff is diverse. Below elegant chandeliers, stylists can craft a flattering haircut, highlight tresses, or nix unwanted hair with a specialty waxing or threading session. When not at the salon, Seema and friends host a live radio show where clients can call in and ask beauty questions such as "How long does a perm last?” and "How does my uncle keep pulling quarters from behind my ear?".
From its perch within Beauty Avenue, A.R. Beauty Boutique's roster of beauticians directs passersby to new aesthetic heights with a menu of services for the skin and body. Waxing for a wide range of areas prevents loitering fuzz from encroaching on prime epidermal real estate, and eyebrow tinting adds extra oomph to peepers. Three types of facials and exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments remedy acne and worn-out complexions, and the soothing modalities of an Indian head massage bring comfort to scalps stressed from wearing maltese puppies as hair extensions.