Jennifer Scampone helms her styling chair with the authority of a veteran stylist, but she approaches each hairstyle with the flexibility of an artist. Her technical chops and fashion savvy can be traced back to the 12 years she’s spent in the beauty industry. Jennifer specializes in curly hair, but her talents transcend any one style. She answers her clients’ requests with professional and artistic instinct, creating a look that complements each client’s personal style like a kazoo complements a gym teacher’s descent into madness. Working inside Stephanie’s Hairstyling, Jennifer and her colleagues use Rusk products during all their hair services, and also offer nailcare and waxing.
Jerry and Linda Cammuso inaugurated their first spa-salon in the spring of 1974 within a modest 600-square-foot space in Monroeville. Even though a wealth of success eventually led the salon to relocate to a new 2,200-square-foot facility, the couple and their seasoned team still strives to maintain that same small, family-owned feel. Amid sky- and moss-hued walls, stately black mirrors float between individual beauty stations where stylists diligently snip, color, and style clients' tresses. A giant photomural depicts a palm tree leaning across a stretch of white sand toward glittering blue water as photos and art pieces throughout the salon allude to the tranquility of tropical locales. Within private rooms, aestheticians, cosmetologists, and massage therapists enhance statures through facials, waxing, and Swedish or deep-tissue massages. Colorful bottles of Paul Mitchell, Nioxin, and exclusive signature Cammuso products line the waiting area's ebony shelves, allowing clients to bring home the same products used by their stylists for at-home beauty maintenance and mid-commute hairspray fights.
Skin specialists at Hair By Borga and The Spa at Borga's analyze individual skin types to customize a premicrodermabrasion cleanse using Jan Marini products. Hot towels brush away the cleanser and open pores to facilitate thorough exfoliation by a diamond-tip microdermabrasion wand. Technicians focus on fine lines, enlarged pores, and dark spots during the microdermabrasion treatment, which smoothens skin and evens its tone by uncovering healthy skin cells. After the procedure, Jan Marini glycolic resurfacing gel continues the exfoliation celebration, reducing the appearance of minor scars, hyperpigmentation, and vampire love bites. A custom mask drenches faces in moisture before an application of Jan Marini lotion with added sun block preps them for return to the outside world.
At Phalanges Unlimited, the decor strikes a balance between charm and chic. A wall-to-wall, monochromatic portrait of a woman greets guests in the reception area, her fierce gaze surrounded by curled hair and bejeweled earrings. It's a striking image, offset by numerous blackboards that adorn the walls with quirky quotations and service prices.
Licensed and certified technician Cherie Dercqu oversees the venue with expertise that is as varied as the salon's design. Having been in the beauty industry for more than 20 years, she administers nail and cosmetic treatments with meticulous care. Natural-nail specialist Tina Costello performs pampering mani-pedis, and her acrylics artfully enhance hands and feet. Cherie also applies permanent makeup to lips, eyebrows, and eyelids, canceling out the hassle of putting on eyeliner or wearing sunglasses at night when you forget. Her other services include eyelash extensions, ear candling, and formal makeup sessions.
At Melody’s Massage studio, licensed massage therapists harness the therapeutic techniques of ancient Hawaiian healers during traditional lomi lomi massage sessions. Pain and stress head for the getaway car as long, gliding strokes ripple down backs, with practitioners delivering nurturing kneads with the aid of deft hands, elbows, and forearms. Two therapists team up for the tandem massage to jointly manipulate in balance the body's left and right sides for clients with extra muscle tension and problematic lumps of coal. Faux island getaways unfold in one of the studio’s private massage rooms, where warm incandescent lights ease tired eyes, cool sheets enfold bodies, and an active volcano quietly warms the therapist’s dinner.
Inevo's wellness coordinators outfit clients with more svelte physiques using lipo-laser technology, a noninvasive contouring laser that helps oust undesirable fat and tiny aliens lingering throughout the body. An array of nutritional supplements, including detox supplies, rounds out wellness ventures and incomplete food-pyramid puzzles.