Nail technicians spread CND Shellac across tips of fingers and toes, sealing in the coat with a UV light to keep the digits looking sharp for up to two weeks. The modern mani-pedis represent just two of many services that aesthetician Effie Magoulis and the other stylists at Salon Esprit enlist to bring out clients’ individual beauty. To this end, they revitalize skin with waxing, acne care, and makeup treatments, or spice up hairdos by weaving in feather extensions rather than most salons’ gaudy jet engines. Reflecting the salon's dedication to the utmost care, the staff is trained in top-shelf products such as Hempz and Moroccanoil.
At Salon Milano and Spa, plant-based Aveda products lend customized aromatherapy and natural nutrients to salon and spa services. The products' holistic focus matches the manner in which the staff conducts spa services: in addition to explaining the purpose of each step in the facial or massage, therapists also guide clients through stress-relieving visualization exercises to calm the mind. All treatments are customized, from the aromatherapy of a massage to the angle of the cut performed by senior or new-talent stylists in the salon. Tuscan Sanctuary is open late on weekdays to accommodate busy schedules and UV rays that, like Napoleon and his chef after saying they preferred English bread to baguettes, are exiled.
For Victoria McRoy, hairstyling isn't just her job—it's her life's passion. She feels her greatest sense of fulfillment when clients leave her salon chair and feel more confident in their new looks. To transform locks, she offers a full slate of hairstyling services, including intricate updos, smoothing Brazilian blowouts, weaves, and hair color; she also waxes away unwanted facial hair to leave skin smoother than a dolphin on a first date.
D'Amantes Salon prides itself on being a playful place with creative artists. In fact, the stylists and nail technicians regularly deem a day to be Hawaiian Saturday, '80s day, or red, white, and blue day.
Armed with PCA and Rhonda Alison products, they return youthful glows with a variety of facial services, such as anti-aging peels, Jessner lotus peels, or the brilliance-restoring Red Carpet facial. Their acne treatments work to clear unsightly blemishes, and dermaplaning aims to reveal smoother skin by exfoliating away dead skin cells and unwanted peach fuzz. Refreshing hydration rejuvenation treatments and scar-and-wrinkle-fighting Dermapen microneedling sessions round out the roster of services.
Inside Vivaldi Salon Suites, all the coiffeurs are master stylists and master colorists, with an average of 10 years of experience. Along with the estheticians, make-up artists, and nail technicians, they are also their own bosses and set their own schedules and pamper guests from inside their own suites. The beauty entrepreneurs expertly dispense their mastery skills that include face-framing highlights, refreshing facials, permanent eyeliner applications, acrylic nails, and quickie tans without the need for the sun or a vat of melted pennies.
Bloom Salon's diverse, experienced team of stylists and beauty techs led by husband-wife team Scott and Tricia Young performs beauty services in a serene 3,000-square-foot facility. Team standouts include Brandy Hendricks, who has been clipping coifs for 18 years, and Samantha Young, a member of Scott’s family of hairdressers. In addition to expertly executed cut and color services, stylists accent manes with hair extensions and tame unruly head gardens with keratin smoothing treatments. Nail tech April Marhsall adorns fingers with polish, shellac polish, or acrylic nails, and therapist Lydia McDonald helps to relieve tension during deep-tissue, Swedish, or stone massages, untangling knots as quickly and efficiently as a blindfolded Eagle Scout.