Chairs aplenty host guests during manicures, pedicures, and chair massages inside Noella Spa & Nails. Rows of cozy seating face a mounted TV in the manicure section, and the salon's big enough to host birthday and bachelorette parties. Technicians apply lemon sugar scrub to hands and cover nails with chip-resistant CND Shellac or OPI, Essie, or Gelish polish. Staffers also wax off unwanted leg and eyebrow hairs and saturate the skin with vitamin C during anti-aging facials, using Dermalogica skincare products instead of just dumping a carton of OJ on faces.
Salon Alexander owner Ashley Stone might look familiar. That's because she—or, rather, her alter ego, Blondie—was the runner-up in the Oxygen network's second season of Hair Battle Spectacular, in which hairstylists competed to create the best larger-than-life fantasy hairdos. Stone has shared her hair beauty tips on Elle Girl's website and appeared on the Hot 93.7 radio show to discuss her interest in modern art, which is the driving force behind her avant-garde style.
Together with her team, Stone combines her extensive experience and passion for art and fashion to transform her clients with a variety of services, including specialty coloring, makeup, and eyelash extensions. The stylists at her sister company, Beauty Entourage, travel to the churches, homes, or low-hovering spaceships of brides-to-be to beautify them for their big day. The mobile crew has earned one of The Knot's Best Makeup Artists & Hair awards.
Committed to developing beauty beyond the surface level, Stone participates in charity events. You also might have caught her WTNH 8 interview promoting a charity event that benefited Wigs for Kids, which provides specialized wigs for children who have lost their hair because of medical conditions.
At first, Julia Trigila focused solely on lashes. She studied extension work during a career at NovaLash and took on enough clients to become a full-time specialist. On the side, however, her love of makeup artistry drew her to fashion photo shoots and appointments with brides-to-be. She wound up at the Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics in an endeavor to combine her passions, graduating with well-rounded cosmetic expertise and a renewed respect for skincare.
Today, Julia delivers full-on makeovers at her eponymous business. She still performs eyelash extensions in addition to brow shaping and waxing. Her makeup sessions stress the value of a bright, clear canvas, prioritizing a custom application of primer that suits each client's skin type. Julia shies away from overwhelming faces with too much product or an overabundance of racecar flame decals. Instead, she aims to accentuate features with naturally luminous looks for casual wear or wedding events. She also hosts lessons for clients who are curious about applying complementary colors or subtracting blemishes, age spots, and fruit-punch stains from their complexions.
Inside Jeunesse Salon and Spa's 16 private suites, a cast of independent beauty specialists accomplishes aesthetic feats with a range of salon and spa services for hair, nails, and skin. Its featured hairstylists and aestheticians boost visitors' outer allure with haircuts, highlights, and facials, while massage therapists knead away pockets of accumulated tension. A variety of packages offer combined services geared toward teens, brides-to-be, and alligators in need of a moisturizing facial and a back massage.
Never one to settle for the stagnant beauty services of yore, technician ThuLan has travelled across the country to learn new treatments and proudly add them to her service menu. She imparts her knowledge of nail and eyelash care to clients from her nail station. To enhance mani-pedi services, ThuLan enlists the aid of such relaxing treatments as a hydrating paraffin wax, exfoliating green-tea mask, and hot-stone massage for the forearms and lower legs. She then decorates fingernails with a natural-looking silk wraps or a protective layer of shellac or organic SNS gel polish. And to personalize each pedicure service, ThuLan encourages clients to dip their toes into a pedicure chair's built-in whirlpool, which she fills with aromatic lavender salts and handwritten love notes. For faces, she provides waxing services and applies eyelash extensions, a trade in which she became certified after completing 200 hours of practice.
The training never stops for Shalon’s stylists. By keeping up with the latest trends and hair-care techniques, they are able to help clients design a dramatic new look or recreate classic styles. Although the stylists rely on their shears to trim split ends and carefully build layers into hairstyles, they can also use deep conditioning treatments, and coloring and texturizing products to create a more striking, vibrant appearance.