For more than a decade, Engy has thoroughly arched clients' eyebrows and removed unwanted facial hair. She conducts each session using organic egyptian cotton balls before ending with an organic rose-water toner. These days, she hones her threading craft in the spacious, high-ceilinged salon of Jayson Zarcone, whose team of stylists enlivens 'dos with cuts, highlights, keratin treatments, and the full line of TIGI haircare products. Elsewhere, the salon's resident aesthetician enriches epidermises with acne facials and anti-aging facials to smooth wrinkles and self-conscious accordions.
Lisa Lewis knows how to work a brush. With the skills of Monet, she paints fingernails in bright hues with artistic touches, which include sparkly flowers, zebra prints, and the coat of every animal that boarded Noah’s ark. She also adds some va va voom to faces with mink eyelash extensions applied to existing fringe one lash at a time.
If Nicole at Jazz Productions Salon & Day Spa has a knack for making guests feel at home, it may be simply because the salon was once a home. She and other stylists work out of carpeted rooms in a converted house, replete with furnishings that make it feel like a family still lives there: couches, golden chandeliers, and a juicer that seemed like it would come in handy. The home decor melds right in with the nail stations, the shelves of nail polish, and especially the leather salon chairs where Nicole delivers her cuts and color treatments.
Licensed cosmetologist Sheri Stevenson knows the importance of total-body beauty, which is why her services include nailcare, hairstyling, and facial waxing. During pedicures, she uses the OPI system to trim, shape, and polish nails and exfoliate hands and feet before moisturizing the skin with massage strokes rather than a fire hose. She also cuts, colors, and styles strands and makes liberal use of warm wax to remove unwanted facial hair.
Salon 525 aesthetician Brooke Matthews enhances her clients’ natural beauty by performing services that leave faces smooth and radiant. Clients can don delicate brow arches that accent the eyes thanks to a brow waxing, during which Matthews’s fleet fingers whip away unwanted hair at the root. During the European facial, Matthews cleanses mugs and extracts blackheads, impurities, and south-facing lichen from pores. Clients can choose to use either therapeutic acids or a gentle scrub to exfoliate away dead skin cells, a step which enhances the skin penetration of the products used in the custom mask. Tailored to individual beauty concerns, the mask's blend of solutions enrobes faces with hydrating nourishment or oil-curbing ingredients as necessary. The facial concludes with a flourish of face, neck, and shoulder massages that stimulate circulation without requiring clients to hook themselves up to an IV of puréed self-help books.
Inside its golden, Romanesque spa space, Renaissance and its legions of 25-plus cater to muscles, manes, and minds. After an initial consultation, the skincarists will design a treatment facial for your skin condition. Each service includes a sudsy, double cleansing of cheeks, chins, and noses, along with exfoliation and necessary extractions. During the cleaning, a beauty-savvy cartographer assesses skin topography in preparation for a Face Mapping, which, in addition to targeting skin tone with steam treatment, determines whether or not your face is caked in peanut butter. All cleansing is followed with a face, neck, and shoulder massage, along with a clarifying masque and moisturizer.
Dawnmarie, the certified spray-tanning technician behind Sheer, bronzes bodies with organic mist during sessions that last approximately 10 minutes. She customizes her technique to match each client's preferences, and can spray tan the entire body or only a certain area, such as the chest, face, or arms. If desired, she'll incorporate rapid spray-tan technology, which allows clients to shower as soon as one hour after their tan.