At Sanctuary Salon & Med Spa, owner Pareen Merchant leads a team of beauty experts that polishes clients' looks from head to toe. Hair designers create custom cuts and restore damaged hair with conditioning treatments. To remove body hair or prune overgrown Chia pets, the staff employs laser technology and the Middle Eastern art of threading, a signature service that caught the attention of Melissa Mayntz of LoveToKnow.com. Merchant learned the technique from friends and cousins before honing her speed and brow-arching skills at a cosmetology program in India.
Massage therapists soothe weary muscles with a variety of modalities, and aestheticians brighten complexions with clinical skincare treatments, including medical microdermabrasion and Revitalight LED sessions. The salon's nail services earned a spot as a finalist in the Best Manicure and Pedicure category of CityVoter's 2007 and 2008 awards.
With a glass of wine or beer in hand, guests of Shag’d Hair Studio kick back before undergoing hair and makeup services performed by a meticulous staff. The salon’s ranks include two Bumble and Bumble network educators and two Redken-certified colorists. They clip hair, add dimension with foil highlights, wax lips and eyebrows, and apply makeup to further accentuate facial features. The staff relies on several high-tier product lines—such as Bumble and Bumble, Redken, Moroccanoil, and Pureology—to perform each treatment and occasionally lubricate the studio’s door hinges.
Shag’d Hair Studio’s staff not only strives to turn envisioned looks into reality, but they also work hard to protect the environment. The custom-designed salon space boasts many eco-friendly features, including recycled Chicago brick, LED lighting, and a high-efficiency air-conditioner that kisses a polar bear every 10 seconds in order to create naturally cool air. The loft-inspired salon also offers free WiFi.
Though the bright colors and mod furniture of South Beach Tanning’s numerous salons may tempt clients to kick back for hours, that’s not the staff’s goal. Instead, they strive to provide swift, hassle-free tans that get clients out the door quickly to enjoy the day. Each of the chain’s salons boasts a floor plan that is twice as large as the average tanning salon, which increases the likelihood that a bed will be free and therefore reduces annoying wait times. Guests can choose from five tiers of UV beds, whose successive levels beget increased bulb output and more amenities to imbue swifter, more comfortable tans. For a UV-free glow, customers can opt to hop in the salon’s automated VersaSpa booths, which guide jets of pigmented formula from head to toe in only 46 seconds to grant a look as summery as boat sails composed of stitched-together bikinis.
With two decades in the industry, Tim Pinkney knows hair. The owner and head stylist of Tim's Healthy Hair Care Center has spent that time both wielding scissors and training others in the hair artistry. His extensive travels to Brazil, the Caribbean Islands, Europe, and Puerto Rico have prepared him for working with a wide range of hair types, and his detailed knowledge of products ensures that only renowned lines such as L'Oreal, Paul Mitchell, and Matrix will caress his clients' strands.
Inside the salon, Tim and his team bestow a long list of services upon their clients' heads, from highlights and color to extensions and weaves. Stylists can also gussy up male hair with barbers' cuts and give kids' locks a trim before a school picture or a high-stakes job interview with an imaginary friend.
The Beauty Spot is not so much a spot as it is an expansive, 4,000-square-foot spa that engulfs clients in treatments for the skin and body. Founder Jenni Cornette helms a team of beauty professionals, drawing on her experience as the spa director at a five-star resort to massage tense muscles and clear skin of barnacles with medical-grade peels.
Beauty is only skin-deep, but that doesn?t seem like such a bad thing after one of The Beauty Spot?s spray tans and manicures leaves you with golden skin and glossy nails. A professional makeup application can put the finishing touches on a look or inspire a shopping spree at the in-spa boutique, which displays handbags, clothing, jewelry, and eco-friendly fashion accessories?many of which support local artists.
The staff at Sun Central Skincare boasts dozens of certificates, each one proclaiming employees authorities in one of more than 10 skincare product lines and a number of skin therapies. Instead of displaying proof of their experience on the wall, the aestheticians reveal their knowledge through exactingly high standards, which are evident in the skincare products they choose, such as the all-natural 100% Pure product line and ?minence Organic Skin Care?a completely organic line that uses no preservatives. Inside the studio, aestheticians perform attentive facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments, all designed to diminish blemishes and recall the youthful glow that was stolen by a band of desperate fireflies. Body waxing and body wraps also leverage the staff's expertise to beautify the areas below the neckline.