Since she started doing hair more than two decades ago, Nichole Alner’s career has taken her places—such as Santa Barbara, where she trained as a color educator, and Paris, where she attended the L’Oréal Expo. Today, as the owner of Salon Aura, she’s curated an experienced staff to help her transform clients’ looks with hair, nail, and skin services, or help them relax with seaweed body wraps in a private room. She’s stocked the styling stations with products from Kevin Murphy and Aquage, and during manicures and pedicures, nail technicians dip into bottles of OPI or CND Shellac polish. Vibrant artwork pops against the styling space’s blue and mocha walls, lit by modern track lighting in a lofted ceiling. Oversize, modern armchairs in the lobby give clients a comfy spot to wait or a space for impromptu rounds of musical chairs.
Raised in an Air Force family that was constantly on the move, aesthetician Patricia Conway knows the value of feeling at home. She began Southern Charm Spa to leverage her passion for hospitality and her fascination with the skin—especially the way it glows after a facial, heals beneath LED lights, and lifts in response to gentle microcurrents. Patricia goes the extra mile by padding her array of facial and waxing services with extras such as prefacial pumpkin enzymes, prewax numbing creams, and skin analyses to customize skincare and carbon date lipstick stains. To educate others about her passion, Patricia's website includes an extensive FAQ section that covers the purpose, method, and after-care instructions for every service she provides.
Before jumping into the spa industry, Jill Quinnette graduated with honors from Capitol School of Hairstyling & Esthetics. Sharing space with her diploma are certifications in Brazilian waxing and AHA chemical peels, both signature services that she doles out from her private treatment space inside Avalon Suites. An expert in hair removal, Jill sweeps away stubble from the brows, back, legs, and everywhere in between and helps clients show off their newly smooth contours with custom Norvell airbrush tans. She also flexes her spa muscles during services such as Shellac mani-pedis and exfoliating sugar scrubs and offers candling treatments to help rid ears of excess buildup or bats.
Under the leadership of board-certified family physician Dr. Julie Waddell, the Devenu Medical Rejuvenation Center staff aims to help clients build confidence and look their best with a full roster of medical and spa services. Botox, Restylane, and other youth-enhancing treatments help façades turn back time more effectively than coating one's face in Cher's tears. Staff members also administer massages and facials in the chic, tranquil setting.
Mia has been in the beauty industry for more than 24 years, beautifying clients through skincare and eyelash extension services. Today, she captains a studio of her own?Bella Mia Studio?where she performs an array of facials and waxing treatments. The certified NovaLash technician specializes in eyelash extensions, artfully affixing lash lines with quality extensions to add volume and glamor.
A glamorous updo accented by feathers, flowing tresses dotted by flowers, hair pinned up in the shape of a bow—these are some of the complex looks the hairdressers at Reveal Salon and Spa have mastered. Owner Natasha Fehlhaber and her crew can complete looks with coloring and straightening treatments, as well as makeup application, facials, and waxing, using Aveda products packed with natural ingredients.