Aesthetician Jennifer Lopez presides over Inspirations by Design with eight years of experience in the makeup industry, including time spent studying with Bobbi Brown and as a makeup expert at Sephora. She can create flatteringly natural or dramatic makeup looks for each client, or can flex real transformative power by shearing hair or coloring it to a rich chestnut, golden blond, or the black of a jaguar’s heart. The multitalented artist can combine her skills to doll up brides and their attendants before the ceremony.
Aesthetician Stacia, of Unique Beauty by Stacia, specializes in lash extensions, which she applies one by one in a treatment room with soft-purple and gray walls. But she also offers facials customized to her clients' individual skin types, waxes to get rid of unwanted hair, and airbrush spray tans that accentuate features.
The walls are watching you––or so it would seem. Framed photos of eyes laden with long, voluminous lashes can be seen throughout each Xtina’s Lash Xtensions' salon. This is the plight of owner Christina Wakulich who decks out eyelid rims with synthetic- and real-mink lash extensions with the help of her highly trained staff. Full sets include range from 45 to 65 lashes per eye, fostering a sultry look for six to eight weeks without the mess of mascara.
Synergy's passionate stylists groom clients' tresses in elegant surrounds with haircuts, coloring, and blow-dry services that yield head-turning results and repeat clients. Upon arrival, clients can enjoy a complimentary beverage as stylists perform a one-on-one consultation to determine the best style of hair hat, and can work from photos of desired looks. In 2.5 hours, hair sculptors trim and tame hair with a cut, blow-dry, and style, and add pops of color with a full set of highlights. The resulting youthful-looking head often translates into a youthful strut and a plethora of compliments from friends, strangers, and the insides of hats.
C'est La Vie Hair Boutique & Spa's private manicure and pedicure stations reside in a cove that's as stylish as the nails that emerge from it, its deep-blue walls and plush leather chairs partitioned off by attractive drapery. This appreciation of the finer things extends to the lineup of spa and salon products: staffers use popular OPI polishes to paint nails and Goldwell products to add color to hair that's dabbling in the artsy black-and-white phase of its career. Though the spa specializes in bridal hair and makeup services, men shouldn't feel left out, as the slate of male-centric treatments includes beard grooming, gray-hair blending, and even a special men's facial.
Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salons' network keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Manage mane health with a deep-conditioning treatment, haircut, and blow-dry (starting at $40; prices vary by location) that infuse cuticles with currents of aqueous confidence before a stylist clips tresses into a head-hedge that beautifully complements scalp-garden pathways. A perm ($70+) adds a twist to locks normally on the straight-and-narrow, and follicle aficionados can spruce up dull strands with a hair coloring ($55+), highlights ($75+), or strategically placed tinsel.