In 1987, after just three years of shearing locks, Robert Jeffery Williamson earned an invitation that would shape the course of his career. After competing with more than 300 eager stylists, he was one of 14 picked to study under dramatic hair artists Irvine and Rita Rusk in Scotland. After this training, Jeff returned to tour the United States, where he shared the latest styling techniques at hair shows, became a Rusk Senior Master Designer, and still found time to open his eponymous salon. Today, Jeff has hung up his traveling shoes in order to devote his time to that salon and the skills of the stylists within. His stylists carry on the lessons of his past, employing Rusk products as they snip and color tresses. Yet Jeff continues learning and evolving, and his recent training with Screen Hair Care inspired him to expand the salon’s arsenal with Screen products.
The studio space itself draws on the themes of stardom. Director-style chairs let guests await their appointment in style, and paintings of moviemakers and jazz musicians lend color and inspiration. While there, clients can also visit cosmetics professionals who help them custom-blend their own shades of lipstick, eyeliner, and nail polish so they can match an evening gown or the bush from which they spy on their neighbors.
Epic Brow Bar specializes in emphasizing peepers. Technicians shape brows into perfect arches using steady hands, keen eyes, and the studio's signature Build Your Brow waxing technique. The visage revamp continues with handmade mink eyelash extensions applied to existing fringe one at a time. Epic also tints lashes and brows and offers other beauty services, including face and bikini waxes, facials, and makeup applications.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Automated Spa is a futuristic relaxation atmosphere where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Three aestheticians, a massage therapist, a threading artist, three treatment rooms, and a treasure-trove of paraben-free skincare products await visitors at Esthetique Facial Spa—basically, everything that’s needed to tend to all skin types. Tucked beside the Whole Foods Market on Magazine Street, Esthetique Facial Spa and its savvy staff have welcomed clients to relax and rejuvenate since 2008. Makeup lessons with artist Elise Davis help patrons master crafting fresh new looks or using tried-and-true techniques, and fertility massage aims to restore balance in the reproductive system and help break up scar tissue.
3Phases Salon’s commitment to style and quality shows in its classic and modern men’s and women’s cuts. Amid wood floors and sprigs of plants and flowers, clients relax as the staff trims locks, freshens faces with makeup, or tackles bushy brows with waxing treatments. The stylists are trained to use Paul Mitchell products and fend off bears with a spray of conditioner to the face. Dedicated to serving and protecting the strands of those who serve and protect our country, 3Phases Salon offers a 20% discount on haircuts to those in the military.
One on One Day Spa and Salon aestheticians Lynnette Jones, Terilyn Young, and Kimberly Williams relocated their practice to a new Bullard Avenue digs in April 2012. The trio's spa menu continues to pamper bodies from head to toe with indulgent products such as Dead Sea salt and enzyme-based exfoliants. Massages comfort tender, worn-out muscles with Swedish strokes, deep-tissue kneads, or the gentle pressure of warm stones. Manicures and pedicures pamper feet and groom hands until they're properly prepared to high-five the president.