While working at other peoples' salons, Shelly Spann yearned for something of her own. "I wanted to get my name out there," she says. One day, while watching reality TV, Shelly was struck by an idea. All of the shows were "centered around women and hanging out together, so I thought, 'Oh my God, how awesome would it be if we did that?'" Shelly masterminded a business that beautifies brows on location at get-togethers as partygoers sip champagne and wine. "It takes a little bit of the edge off of waxing," she says with a laugh.
Now Shelly divides her hours between mobile services and time at her full-body-waxing headquarters. She uses Nufree Nudesse, a sugar-free wax alternative that removes hair with less pain, irritation, and grumbling from cranky candles. Clients can also request numbing creams to keep procedures even less uncomfortable.
Waxing and brow sculpting aren’t Shelly’s only specialties, though. The fully licensed aesthetician also beautifies her clients’ complexions with a selection of exfoliating and hydrating facials. Her treatments range from mini and teen versions of her signature facial to custom European facials that take their cues from individual skin types.
According to the staff at In Loving Hands Massage Therapy, love holds the answer to the questions of life. Their love is the practice of massage, and it shows as they share their passion in each session. Much like a lullaby whispered by Mort Crim, their relaxing massages work to relieve their clients’ stress, tension, and pain.
Children's toys, brightly colored mirrors, and coloring easels delight little ones at Salon 36 Kids, and patient stylists pamper them with kid-centric beauty services. During a first haircut, stylists carefully snip baby and toddler hair, saving a lock for the parents and also providing them with a photo and keepsake certificate afterward. Along with kid cuts, Salon 36's team is well versed in highlighting teens' manes, flatiron straightening, trimming parents’ locks, and dolling up digits with mani-pedis for all ages, which also are featured in the salon's birthday-party packages.
In addition to services tailored to kids, the staff also uses high-quality, kid-friendly beauty products. Fairy Tales products keep bugs at bay with a lice-repellent formulation. The salon also stocks their shelves with eye-catching hair accessories, from barrettes to headbands, as well as specialty toys, including floating bath toys and picture puzzles of Einstein's first mohawk.
At Neha Threading Salon & Spa, Neha Gupta, a threading specialist and licensed cosmetologist who's worked in India and the United States for 18 years, leads a team of experienced aestheticians, technicians, and stylists. She invites customers to unwind and relax with a wide range of beautifying and soothing spa and salon services. Threading and waxing remove unwanted hair, sculpting brows along the way. Custom facial treatments cleanse pores and exfoliate complexions, rejuvenating them for another day in public or one final staring contest with the mirror. Full-body massages use modalities such as deep tissue or hot stones to alleviate aches or pains, whereas hair and nail services tend to heads, fingers, and toes.
Salon Alpi's owner Alpi Unal deploys coif-wrangling talents acquired in Europe and honed stateside, as well as a troupe of stylists who continually sharpen their scissoring skills with classes. Armed with top-notch products, nimble fingers infuse manes with a single shimmering hue to complement inner earrings or perk up layers with sunny highlights. A cut and blow-dry hews off unhealthy ends, snips fringe into sexy sweeps, and breathes life into limp locks for a refreshed or original hairdo.
Under the direction of senior cosmetologist and makeup artist Dakota Mabe, the hairdressers at Tasteful Tresses snip, color, and style strands of all textures. The team pairs hair-sprucing services, such as extensions and frizz-fighting keratin treatments, with facial waxes and custom makeup to completely transform each client’s look. In addition to women’s hair services, they also tidy up the hairdos of men and children, and trim beards so clients can get a competitive advantage in pie-eating contests.