Monita Chan has been training aspiring cosmetologists for more than two decades, instructing them in everything from creative haircut techniques to special-effects makeup application. At BM Chan—a cosmetology training academy that's also a full-service salon—she captains her team of beauty experts that includes stylists, massage therapists, nail technicians, and skincare specialists
When she and her team aren't leading classes in aromatherapy or medical aesthetics, they're giving their salon clients luxurious breaks from their busy lives. They even pull hair styling techniques from Vidal Sassoon and Pivot Point to create their looks for both special events as well as entirely unremarkable events.
When Cecil B. Spa & Laser opened in 1979, it was a makeup studio—origins the team continues to honor to this day. Despite how much the salon has grown, mineral makeup lessons with Jane Iredale cosmetics remain one of the team's touchstones. During a typical session, makeup artists guide clients step by step through creating flattering custom looks that include natural lips or smoky eyes that require no matches.
Today the spa branches out far beyond makeup with a host of wellness and beauty treatments. The spa utilizes the Italian wax Comfort Zone, which promotes slower and finer hair growth. Massages, for example, range from classic Swedish kneads to Western Thai massage, a mix of pressure point work and stretching. Laser beauty services, meanwhile, include laser hair removal and a cocktail of laser treatments designed to nonsurgically produce the look of a facelift.
Nasrin's Spa & Skincare offers skincare, waxing, and body services, such as nail treatments, massages, and body wraps. The staff members mix and match these spa services into packages, such as the Queen for a Day, which includes a facial, massage, mani-pedi with a paraffin treatment, makeup application, and lunch or a shake made from blended tiaras. Each packaged item can be requested à la carte, along with other services, such as trips to the infrared sauna, cellulite treatments, and tanning sessions.
Scalpels and sutures have no place at Celebrity Laser Care. Instead, the clinic's skilled technicians use high-tech treatments to help tighten skin, contour curves, and eliminate unsightly marks. The facility offers a host of nonsurgical methods to combat signs of aging; for instance, the skin-tightening treatment heats the skin beneath the surface to help tighten almost any bodily area, such as the face, neck, abdomen, or arms. The Limelight IPL targets brown spots and sun damage, and works even better when matched with the exfoliating, diamond-tip microdermabrasion treatment. Beyond treating signs of aging, the technicians can blast body hair and swat away spider-vein webs and their confused arachnid inhabitants, all with their powerful, but safe, laser systems. Upon entering the crisp-white facility, patrons will notice a gallery of pharmaceutical-grade skincare products, such as Obagi, DCL, and Jane Iredale cosmetics, which may be used during facials or other services.
Within soothing blue walls dappled with vibrant lime-green accents, pHresh Spa and Wellness Club's experienced team rejuvenates and restores radiance to weary bodies with spa services. The balmy wood confines of pHresh's private sauna envelop guests in sweat-inducing infrared waves, which usher toxins from bodies to promote supple, even-toned skin. Physiques sore from boxing confrontational shadows can revel in ache-erasing kneads and soothing oils employed during holistic massage therapy, and loose epidermal exteriors tighten after proper coaxing from radio frequencies used in body-contouring treatments.
Before or after appointments, clients can relax in a lounge distinguished by cushy couches, modern decor, and a crackling fireplace.
Technicians at La Piel Rejuvenating Skin Clinic work to perfect their clients' skin with technologies from leading skincare companies such as Italy-based Extetica and United States–based PhotoMedex, whose advisory board is helmed by the world’s top clinical researchers. The Twin System device contours faces and bodies while reducing cellulite and excess fluid with the help of rhythmic massage and pressure suction. The Skin Life System No-Age Plus employs a hyaluronic and Botox-based treatment patented by Ponce de León to smooth wrinkles, and the C.Rose Plus floods faces with free-radical-fighting vitamin C. More traditional treatments include relaxing massages enhanced with soothing essential oils and contouring body wraps.