Before starting his own salon, Char Le Blanc honed his styling skills in places around the world, including L'Or?al in Paris and Beirut and at a posh salon on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Today, at Char Le Blanc Salon & Spa, he shares his globe-spanning insights with his staff members, who all work together to beautify clients with manicures, massages, facials, and traditional haircare services.
Near the front entrance of the chandelier-lit, boutique space, a sleek black countertop displays laptops and tablets, all of which are available for guests who want to browse fashion blogs, check personal emails, or type words. The front entryway is also enchanted by the tranquility that often arises from pours of complimentary wine, champagne, martinis, and beer.
Pearl's Laser Effects and Spa works to combat the myriad effects that sun exposure, age, and illness can have on skin tone, using medical-grade cosmetic technology to help skin look its best. The centre employs a variety of specialists, including beauty counsellors, massage therapists, aestheticians, technicians, and spa attendants. By combining their skills, employees can treat a multitude of possible skincare conditions and collaboratively name almost every single star in the Milky Way. To leave skin stubble-free, the staff uses either a Palomar StarLux cosmetic laser system to zap follicles or a signature housemade wax to uproot them. Microdermabrasion treatments, chemical peels, and traditional spa facials help revitalize countenances, and Swedish or hot-stone massages help soothe knotted musculature.
The aestheticians at Pretty Woman Salon and Spa take a med-spa approach to pampering the hands and feet of both ladies and gentlemen. The mani-pedi begins as spa specialists compose a freestyle rap about each guest's name before offering coffee or tea, then lead the way to a two-chair pedicure room equipped with a private foot shower. Aestheticians assess nail health prior to placing paws and hooves into a softening Gehwol soak, prepping nails and cuticles for a meticulous grooming while leaving calluses defenseless against a contouring file. After talons get gussied up for a hand model audition, a combination scrub and massage showers attention on appendages, boosting circulation with 5–10 minutes of bodywork from foot to knee and hand to elbow. Upon hearing extremities purr, nail techs then apply OPI polish in a choice of colour and kitten-attraction rating. Those seeking more luxurious adornment may upgrade to a shellac treatment for an additional fee.