Richard Levon, one of the hair designers behind Levon Wilson Hair Design, believes that while beauty is worth paying for, the cost shouldn't be one's health. He and his coworkers practice safe haircare, using organic, vegan All-Nutrient and Sukésha products to color and condition. In addition to the standard trims and highlights, they also specialize in wig-making and repair services, ideal for clients who prefer to pack their purses with a second hairdo instead of a comb.
Licensed tattoo artist Fay Heravi specializes in face tattoos—specifically, permanent makeup. She artfully crafts long-lasting looks ideal for clients with makeup allergies or motor impairments; her handiwork ranges from permanent lip liner to permanent eyebrows, complete with natural-looking, hair-like strokes.
Luxury Sweet Escape Spa was founded by a licensed aesthetician and a licensed massage therapist. Chris and Julie combined their powers to carve out a space where folks can spruce up with beauty treatments or wind down with spa services. The facials include a little of both; they begin with a skin analysis and continue with a deep cleansing, extractions, and choice of aroma—pick from peppermint, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, or citrus. The signature massages also include a choice of aroma, and incorporate techniques such as Lomi Lomi, deep-tissue, trigger-point, and Thai table massage to make you as loose and relaxed as a stick-figure in a spy movie. Specialty add-ons, including hot lava shells or a toffee body salt scrub, only augment the indulgence.
Aesthetician Tereza cleans out dirty pores with her specialized facials and microdermabrasion treatments at Belissima In Rio. She even has a special teen facial that diminishes stubborn acne and the tendency for mouths to blurt out “LOL” at the dinner table. From the neck down, Tereza tackles knotted muscles during massage sessions, which feature add-ons such as aromatherapy or paraffin wax.
For the last eight years, Judy Toepfer-Brown has had her patients’ backs. Worked on her patients’ backs, to be more specific. As a licensed massage therapist, Judy is trained in six different types of massage. Much like a professional brain surgeon that does rocket science on the side, Judy’s skills are diverse; she offers relaxing Swedish treatments, therapeutic deep-tissue massages, and specialized sports and prenatal treatments.
At Celebrity Beauty Waxing, aesthetician Courtney Berry uses her unique—and strip-free—waxing technique to gently and swiftly remove hair from nearly ever part of the body. She transforms stubbly below-the-belt areas into silky smooth terrains with bikini, Brazilian, and buttocks waxing, and keep gams smooth with treatments for the lower or full legs. Further north, Courtney masterfully shapes brows into flattering arches or intimidating triangles, and eliminates peach fuzz from upper lips. Aside from waxing, the aesthetician combats breakouts and aging with three types of facials.