Red hanging lights and sconces etch stout shadows across lime green walls and patches of faux exposed brick. These modern trappings perpetuate the salon's creed to stay on top of industry trends and the latest styles with Bumble and Bumble and L'Oreal products. Skilled aestheticians such as the invaluable Lori Phillips craft sleek scissor cuts and embellish tresses with subtle and bold highlights. Jesse Daniels clients can also solicit spa services such as Eminence facials, hair waxing, and indulgent mani-pedis with CND Shellac polish.
A sprightly space adorned with flowers, leather chairs, and the off-white glow of oriental partitions, Salon Adelante's inviting interior showcases the company's flair for aesthetics. The salon's staffers calls upon that same eye for good looks every day as they primp and prettify clients from head to toe with a dossier of services that include haircuts, colors, texturing, styling, mani-pedis, facials, and makeovers. As cosmeticians and stylists tend to broken fingernails or overgrown manes, massage therapists knead out tension during rubdowns that can be tailored to each client's needs. The aestheticians call upon cleansing and styling salves from top-notch brands such as Bioelements and Demalogica to fuel their feats of beautification.
Celebrity aesthetician Leaine Dehmer describes herself as a “skin behaviorist.” Whether crafting her own professional line of skincare products or tending to clients with massages, facials, skin peels, or body exfoliations, she seems to intuitively know the components of a healthy, radiant complexion. You don’t have to take her word for it, though; Leaine’s reputation recently received a boost when her services were included in each of the celebrity swag bags handed out at the 2012 Academy Awards.
Regardless of their box-office draw, guests from all walks of life can indulge in the roster of relaxing services at Leaine’s Skinsations Spa, many of which derive their powers from natural or organic products. Private treatment rooms lull clients into relaxation with such calming touches as scented candles. Cascading waterfalls flood the rooms with amber light, while drifting moisture clings softly to the skin like a baby kitten in wet mittens.
At Perfect Brows, skilled aestheticians use their expertise to help clients achieve shapely eyebrows and glowing skin. One of their specialties is threading, an ancient form of hair removal that originated in India. During a 10- to 15-minute eyebrow-threading session, the aesthetician wields twists of cotton thread to gently remove stray hairs at the root and make a miniature sweatshirt for each eye.
Lina Latief—owner of 818 Skincare—is a one-woman beautifying powerhouse. In 2007 she kicked open the doors to her own studio, after working a stint selling French beauty products. Her apprenticeship paid off. Armed with a fistful of certifications and the epidermal insights she gained during that time, she revamps exteriors with all kinds of treatments. In addition to customized Ultimate Facials with cocoa enzymes or organic peels she’s expanded into the realm of body wraps, spray tans, and microdermabrasion.