Tonia Reed's first salon was modest. With only two stations and one other stylist, the beauty specialist found that her burgeoning skills and thriving client base were becoming too much for the space to handle. In 2004, she became enamored of a large Victorian-style home, and the site of In Vogue Salon & Spa was born. Decked in stately chandeliers and dark-wood bureaus, the salon surrounds its experienced hair, skin, and massage professionals with the same vintage inspiration that originally took hold of its owner. Clients take in a cup of flavored coffee or tea before basking in a massage or facial in a private treatment room or gazing into gilded mirrors as stylists sculpt locks and enrich them with vibrant colors. To polish the rest of clients' statures, technicians wax away unwanted hair and pull from a shelf of OPI products to groom and shape fingernails before they start biting themselves.
The staff at The Reflections Salon & More tend to clients with services slated to enhance exteriors from fingertips to tresses. From simple trims to advanced, artful styling sessions, the shears-wielding professionals exercise diligence and tailor each snip to suit the client’s personality. The resident licensed waxing technician also assists clients by smoothing out bikini areas in preparation for wintertime trips to indoor water parks.
Twenty-three years ago, Mariska van Emmerik started her beauty career in Australia. Each year since, she has added accomplishments to her professional portfolio, honing her skills by giving skincare classes, consulting with clients, and developing her own product line, Privy Beauty. Mariska’s work has been featured in Ocean Drive magazine, on Mona Lisa touchups, and on the faces of clients who come in for her services, which include signature facials, lash extensions, and permanent-makeup applications. With more than 12 years of experience as a permanent makeup artist, Mariska expertly traces eyelids and lip perimeters to give clients a vivid look that stays put when clients exercise or bob for apples.
With six manicures and seven pedicures in their arsenal, the skilled staffers at FRESH Nail Lounge and Spa lavish hands and feet with treatments that rely on products from Creative Nail Design, Essie, and OPI, and prioritize safety and hygienic practices. But they don’t stop at nail treatments—they call upon botanical ingredients to soothe and beautify bodies and faces. Highly-skilled skin care clinicians perform custom-blended facials for each individual's skin type.
The elite troop of stylists and aestheticians at La Tresse by Renee sprinkles patrons with top-name products during services that improve nails' appearances and clients' moods. During the 60- to 90-minute spa mani-pedi, a skilled nail technician shapes unruly talons in a flurry of precision clips. Extremities then bathe in a salt scrub, which sloughs away extraneous cells and rough, flaky patches. Talented fingers massage hands and feet, and hot towels make their nerves tingle with warmth. Paws then slip into a soothing moisture mask that leaves skin as soft as James Taylor’s bathrobe. A coat of polish dresses and strengthens nails for strolls through the yellow pages or fraudulent jaunts across the keys of a player piano.