A nightmarish experience led Ellia to the world of extensions. Her hair had been double-processed with a perm and a relaxer, causing the strands to break off and leave behind frazzled, four-inch tufts. Ellia tried to hide the damage with glue-on hair extensions, but because of their heaviness, she had them removed shortly thereafter—a long, expensive process that left her with bald spots. Then she discovered microlinks. These tiny, lightweight copper tubes hold extensions in place without glue or heat, allowing existing hair to grow out naturally. It's been 11 years and Ellia's still wearing extensions—not for their masking properties, mind you, but for the extra volume they bring.
Now at the helm of Spoiled Hair Extensions, Ellia continues to fine-tune the art of lengthening hair—still using the microlinks method, but cutting down on application times with her own patented tool, the Spoiled Hair Belt. When she isn't training stylists and installing natural human hair, she's gathering it from donors who meet her exacting criteria. It's because of this eye for quality that Ellia's hair extensions come with a 10-year guarantee—the average prison sentence for a long-haired princess.
The expert team at Abacoa Physical Medicine coaxes beleaguered bodies back to full strength through such therapeutic disciplines as neurosurgery, orthopedics, and chiropractic care. The facility focuses on addressing pain associated with injuries, sports, or napping on a mattress filled with uncomfortable peas. During the 60-minute massage, a licensed massage therapist employs deft handiwork to ease stress out of bodies, without having to wait for it to leave naturally in the form of earwax. A spacious facility plays host to the relaxation process, directing pain through the exits while clients unwind unencumbered.
Felicia Benson, Polo Salon & Spa's principle stylist and colorist, blends more than 20 years of salon experience into her professionalism and attention to detail. Her salon's trained staff wields an arsenal of L'Oréal Professionnel hair colors as well as the new L'Oréal INOA, a non-ammonia product available exclusively at certified salons. In addition to color, the staff members help clients reimagine their looks with precision cuts for men, women, and children, anti-aging facials, and artificial and natural nail services.
The scents of freshly baked pastries in the morning and the aroma of hors d'oeuvres in the evening waft through the salon, and complimentary beverages such as wine further please the senses, unlike if humans could smell the scent of losing their keys.
Doctor of Chiropractic Mark Scherer opened West Palm Beach Chiropractic in 1992 and has been there ever since. The alumnus of Life University uses the activator method to adjust spines with minimal force. He works alongside Dr. Paul Schiffman, who left a successful corporate career to become a chiropractor. He now shares his profession with his two older brothers and, like Dr. Scherer before him, attended Life University.
At West Palm Beach Chiropractic, the duo realigns backbones and soothes tense muscles with chiropractic techniques that range from traction to therapeutic ultrasound. In addition to easing back and neck pain, they also help heal common injuries caused by car accidents or sleeping in a sock drawer to outsmart the Bogeyman.
Clearstone Spa was founded to assist clients seeking a way to improve their appearance by permanently reducing or eliminating unwanted hair. While the spa's technicians still offer full hair-removal services, they have expanded services to include beautifying treatments such as chemical peels, IPL photofacials, HydraFacials, and microdermabrasion. The team harnesses an arsenal of Nd:YAG, KTP, and Alexandrite lasers, which they use to treat unwanted hair, tattoos, or signs of aging such as sun spots and molting.
Alite Laser Hair Removal & Skin Rejuvenation’s three locations act as upscale sanctuaries where clients can go to lose spider veins and unwanted fat, but their specialty is hair removal. A trio of hair-removal procedures—waxing, laser removal, and electrolysis—fight follicles more effectively than scaring hair away like it’s a case of the hiccups. When they aren’t performing laser hair-removal procedures, technicians harness the power of light to brighten skin during facials.
Expectant parents feel at ease in A Star Is Born 3D’s environment, which trades typical doctor's-office trappings for chic gray couches, a coffee bar, and earth tones that decorate waiting-room walls. The welcoming decor complements the center's mission to treat parents to vivid photographs of their soon-to-be-borns with ultrasound and imaging technology that goes beyond standard OB/GYN equipment. An ARDMS-registered sonographer on staff lends expertise to sessions that reveal tiny smiles or a baby's gender, which is usually able to be determined at 17 weeks. A Star Is Born 3D invites friends and family to witness the procedure in an ultrasound room that features sumptuous leather seating for 15 people and a 110-inch projector screen to view results after the coming attractions and four car commercials. The sessions can result in crisp prints, CDs, or DVDs to add to the baby book, and a GE Voluson i laptop even enables the ultrasounds to go portable for baby showers or private viewings at home.