Parlor Elan ensures its aestheticians are more than qualified by putting each of its employees through three months of rigorous training. By the time they hit the floor, Parlor Elan’s team knows how to use cutting-edge technology to spruce up appearances. They apply permanent makeup, embellish eyes with lash extensions, and darken hues with spray tans.
As a former model, The New Look For You founder Mimi Lee-Grier knows beauty isn’t as easy as magazines make it look. But she also knows the behind-the-scenes tricks that make it seem so effortless. Permanent cosmetics, eyelash extensions, and eyebrow tinting are three low-maintenance methods she uses to make eyes bigger, lips fuller, and lashes more seductive—effects that won’t smear or fade while swimming, crying, or both. She also reconditions skin with facials, uses her oil-painter’s hand to apply traditional makeup, and swaddles guests in the deep heat of infrared body wraps.
Mauve walls, checkered floors, and cushy black leather chairs mark the trail to Urvashi Beauty Salon & Spa's private treatment rooms. Inside each one, aestheticians pamper clients with 24-karat gold facials, microdermabrasions, and other services customized to individual skin concerns. But the staff knows that radiant skin doesn't end with a single visit, which is why they also give comprehensive advice for at-home skincare, as well as access to their secret Lazarus pit in the basement.
Pauline of Pauline's Nail Spa doesn't rest on her laurels. It's not enough that she owns her own nail salon outfitted with tasteful mahogany-toned walls and plush pedicure thrones, she also designs her own nail services. Pauline's proprietary silk-wrap nail process offers an eco-friendly alternative to traditional faux nails with 100% China silk and fiberglass resin that leave clients with long, sturdy, glossy nails. Clients can also opt for traditional, Shellac, spa, and organic mani-pedis, or they can settle into cushioned pedicure chairs that end in warm footbaths. In a separate room, aestheticians deliver results-focused, European-style facials that include deep cleanings, conditioning steams, and light massages to raise the spirits and bring the skin to a radiance that could earn its own office on the color wheel.
Bolstered by top-notch products from brands such as OPI and Pureology, Salon Amenity's crew enhances trimmed tresses with a comprehensive line-up of services. In addition to sleek haircuts and coloring, they imbue skin with permanent makeup, tackle epidermal woes with cleansing facials, and gussy up nails with manicures, pedicures, and french-tipped thimbles.
Kursten Skelley styled her first coiffure at four years old when she taught herself to braid her Barbie's hair. Her penchant for artistic expression overflowed into painting and writing and was likely inspired by her mom, who was a hairstylist. Even so, pursuing a career in beauty wasn't really on her radar at first, so she entered the adult world by opening a coffee shop. This would have been the end of her story if Kursten hadn't decided to go to cosmetology school. After returning to her first love, she went on to found K. Styles and hone her skills on fashion shows and photo shoots. No matter what style she concocts, she sees beauty in everything from vintage and hip-hop fashion to avant-garde looks, such as creating a beehive hairdo with an actual beehive.