Amy Grossman got her start designing clothing. But when she was battling cystic acne, she realized that solutions for beauty need to be more personal. She's kept that attitude at The Skin and Lash Lady, talking with patrons at length before each eyelash and skin treatment. She also keeps each customer's health in mind while applying the lashes, selecting a length that won't damage the existing lash. The shop's glue also takes only four hours to cure fully, meaning that lashes are ready for anything quickly. During the whole process, Amy draws on experience as a trainer for JB lashes and a member of the Lashology Council of America.
Vincent Monforte, a licensed massage therapist, blended his experience as a fitness and dance instructor to develop the V-Touch Method, a proprietary bodywork technique. The method is tailored to three main populations—athletes, the chronically ill, and the severely overweight—and incorporates massage and stretching methods that are anatomically specific, unlike Barbie dolls. In addition to performing the V-Touch Method, Monforte delivers seminars on the topic, elucidating the theory and practice of client-specific massage.
Owner Glen Master wields almost 30 years of hairdressing experience in addition to his scissors, providing personalized hair services for men and women of all ages. Staff members apply their training as former bomb defusers to precisely snip wayward strands during each haircut and style to leave scalp carpets shaped and refined ($35+ for women, $25+ for men). Customers can opt for color services that include a semipermanent coloring ($30+), partial highlights ($65+), and a shine treatment that adds dazzling luster and blinds security cameras at upcoming bank heists ($25+). Salon Anokha's eclectic décor contrasts clean, wooden cabinets and small, classical columns with an assortment of Asian-inspired art. Waves of natural light flood the salon through its bay of large front windows, feeding plants and photosynthetic patrons alike.
Corrective Skin Care Center rejuvenates dull skin with an arsenal of nutrient-rich products from brands such as SkinMedica, SkinCeuticals and Dermalogica. Transform frowning faces into charming countenances with a custom healing facial designed to be more relaxing than a hammock woven from whale song ($79). The Vitalize, Illuminize, and SkinCeuticals Gel peels ($75–$150) evict dead skin cells to make room for kitten-soft skin, and lash ($30) and brow tinting ($25) gives peepers pizzazz.
You won't find a frantic salon atmosphere at Christie's Hair Studio. Rather, the atmosphere is calm and natural—Christie describes it as a "living room ambience". Facials fit into that scene in a meditative way as Christie makes use of homegrown herbs and chakra-healing crystals. Candles add to the calming facials by illuminating the treatment room with a soothing glow, much like the one that indicates the phosphorescent remote control has not been lost to the couch forever. The menu of services includes beauty shop standards as well, including haircuts, color applications, and mani-pedis. Christie also gets brides and models ready for their close-ups with photo-shoot makeup and hairstyling.