At Venus Allure Salon and Spa, light streams in through two-story windows and fills an open, industrial-inspired space dotted with black spa chairs and dark-rimmed mirrors. From the balcony, you can watch stylists bustle over heads of hair, snipping off split ends or smoothing down unruly curls with the aid of Goldwell, Nioxin, and DevaCurl products. In other parts of the salon, nail technicians juggle more than seven dozen gel-polish colors, occasionally all at once, and aestheticians dress faces with Dermalogica products during services that range from hydrating facials to sea-mud body wraps.
For spa owner and Aveda-trained cosmetologist Jenica Zimmer, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. That’s why she only stocks organic and environmentally friendly products such as Davines, a haircare line that adopted a carbon-neutral policy for its serums. The care that goes into selecting these products is echoed by the treatments themselves, with stylists trimming hair or selecting colors to flatter clients’ features.
Back in the spa area, aestheticians can be found brightening and smoothing complexions with botanical-based treatments, including a papaya-and-pineapple mask. The skincare specialists also customize facials to address each client’s skin type and apply makeup for special events or dance performances. In addition to removing hair from the usual places—such as eyebrows and bikini lines—they concentrate on oft-ignored areas including ears, noses, and second noses.
The staff members at Eclipse Airbrush Tanning focus their talents on one thing and one thing only: giving customers a bronze glow with an airbrush tan. When clients enter, they're greeted by a trained airbrush technician and led to a private room. Before beginning, the tech will answer any questions the clients may have and discuss what type of color they're looking for. The tech then hand mixes a bottle of Eclipse's proprietary tanning solution and starts spraying with the dexterity of a silly-string sculptor. Unlike automatic spray-tan booths, which tend to produce streaks, techs ensure airbrush tans go on smooth and evenly. Typically tans develop over the course of 8–12 hours, and with proper care, can last up to two full weeks.
Stylist Naily Cervantes lavishes clients with personal attention in Caramel Beauty International?s warm-toned suite. During a consultation, she uncovers a client?s sense of style and desired look before scissoring a fashionable cut or applying sunny highlights.
Dessert isn?t the first thing to come to mind when you think of hair treatments, but that?s exactly what you?ll get when visiting Caramel Beauty International. As a trained pastry chef, stylist Wentirim whips up delectable treats to share with guests as they undergo trendy cuts or keratin treatments. And the care that goes into making these desserts is mirrored by her choice of salon products?all of which prioritize maintaining or restoring the health of hair.