Parlor Elan ensures its aestheticians are more than qualified by putting each of its employees through three months of rigorous training. By the time they hit the floor, Parlor Elan’s team knows how to use cutting-edge technology to spruce up appearances. They apply permanent makeup, embellish eyes with lash extensions, and darken hues with spray tans.
Asian principles of holistic beauty and wellness inspire the aestheticians at Bliss Spa, who use contemporary technology to achieve a beautiful new look. They often adopt modern techniques such as sending breakup texts to acne and using ultrasonic technology to treat cellulite. Focusing on faces, technicians can apply permanent makeup to give eyes a smoky look, implant mink eyelash extensions, or employ a boost of oxygen, vitamins, and ultrasound therapy to tone skin during facials.
Bolstered by top-notch products from brands such as OPI and Pureology, Salon Amenity's crew enhances trimmed tresses with a comprehensive line-up of services. In addition to sleek haircuts and coloring, they imbue skin with permanent makeup, tackle epidermal woes with cleansing facials, and gussy up nails with manicures, pedicures, and french-tipped thimbles.
Kursten Skelley styled her first coiffure at four years old when she taught herself to braid her Barbie's hair. Her penchant for artistic expression overflowed into painting and writing and was likely inspired by her mom, who was a hairstylist. Even so, pursuing a career in beauty wasn't really on her radar at first, so she entered the adult world by opening a coffee shop. This would have been the end of her story if Kursten hadn't decided to go to cosmetology school. After returning to her first love, she went on to found K. Styles and hone her skills on fashion shows and photo shoots. No matter what style she concocts, she sees beauty in everything from vintage and hip-hop fashion to avant-garde looks, such as creating a beehive hairdo with an actual beehive.
Klein Massage & Day Spa’s service menu is relatively succinct, but what the center does, it does well—it was nominated for Best of Citysearch in 2010 for tanning and in 2009 for couples massage. Aside from massage, Klein’s body treatments include stretch therapy, designed to help athletes prevent injury and boost performance. But the services are mostly about looking your best. Aestheticians clear skin with facials and microdermabrasion, and other staff members perform beauty treatments such as sunless tanning and lash tinting so that clients will look even more striking than if they covered two-thirds of their bodies in lipstick.
Jennifer "Hollywood" Bragg transforms the manes at Za Za Zu armed with products from noted brands such as Davines, whose A New Color line of non-ammoniated dyes adds eye-catching color to 'dos of all styles. In addition to full-color treatments, Jennifer can layer in eye-catching highlights, add length with Hairlocs extensions, or eliminate split ends with the business end of a pair of scissors. When she's not specializing in haircare treatments, she also spends time as a master nail technician, using her know-how to craft custom nail designs or deliver sturdy Shellac and Vinylux manicures. While Jennifer works, guests can relax and gaze out over the salon's bronze-colored floor, searching for their reflections and imagining how their faces would look etched upon a third-place medal.