The merlot-colored walls and sleek wood floors underscore the elegance of Ch'i Spa, where expert stylists prettify guests with a variety of services. They lengthen lashes with their own brand of eyelash extensions at the lash boutique and specialize in reshaping hair into half a dozen different styles, from Southern belle?style curls to mermaid-inspired waves, at the blowout bar.
Owner Alicia Ryan has always lived and breathed beauty. "I think it all began back with the Barbie dolls," she laughs. She comes by it honestly: "Most of the females in my family are all cosmetologists." Her salon includes six styling areas, where a team of stylists specializes in Keratin Complex hair-smoothing treatments. Sheltered from the open salon, Alicia offers Dermalogica facials, body treatments, and subversive antifrizz pamphlets in a private treatment room.
Areté's staff of beautifying specialists pampers customers from widow's peak to big toe with a full assortment of salon services. Haircuts for men ($20) and women ($35) tame stray strands after stylists consult patrons about whether to shape hairdos into trendy new styles or fully functioning birds' nests. Feather extensions with tinsel ($20+) imbue manes with the radiance of a fireproof phoenix, and waxing services ($8+) sculpt overgrown keratin patches. A spa pedicure ($45) tidies up digits, preparing feet for glass-slipper fittings or high-pressure auditions to play hands in a Broadway play. Areté eases the experience of waiting by occupying guests with complimentary WiFi access and television.
Celebrity makeup artist Jennifer Bradley believes in a purer kind of cosmetic, one that’s free from the fillers, fragrances, and oils that can aggravate skin. As an actress and singer in LA, Jennifer experienced these very issues on her own acne-prone skin, leading her to create formulas that improve faces from the outside in. Jennifer uses her line of cosmetics, which includes both skincare and makeup products, to enhance the faces of celebrities. Past clients have included Barack and Michelle Obama, Sean Connery, and Drew Barrymore, as well as guests who attended her makeup seminars. Jennifer’s work also has been featured in publications including Us Weekly and People.
Though Runway Hair Salon isn't on an actual runway, its expert stylists create designs that could star in fashion shows. That's because they stay up-to-date on trends and use sought-after products including Brazilian Blowout to grant their clients trend-setting looks. They also offer spa services such as waxing and mani-pedis that complement cuts and highlights and pamper clients with packages that include makeup applications.