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.
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.
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.
The individual elegance cultivated through Blown Away Salon & Spa’s hair, nail, skin, and waxing services is an extension of the salon’s ambiance. Soft colors saturate the walls, and cobblestone patterns crawl up the wall next to the long row of styling stations. The welcoming space is pervaded by a well-maintained cleanliness.
Cosmo & Company's staff of beauty bolsterers employs years of experience from spas all over the globe to professionally pamper clients’ faces. During a 75-minute classic facial, extractions, cleansing, and a soothing steam help free faces of pore-clogging grime, while an arm-to-scalp massage quiets squamous cells' protests against bath time. Finally, an exfoliating mask with Image skincare products sloughs away dead skin. Alternatively, the half-hour microdermabrasion preps skin with a steam and cleansing before skillful technicians wield a crystal-tipped tool to burnish and exfoliate facades, renewing complexions and erasing expired time stamps from foreheads.
After nearly 20 years of experience as a medical aesthetician and laser specialist, Designer Skin of the Palm Beaches owner Karin Ellis left her post working alongside trusted plastic surgeons to open up her own skin boutique. Today she pays forward everything she's learned to her clients, who reap the benefits of her expertise and that of her professional team. Together, the aestheticians help their clients' skin appear smoother and tighter, diminishing fine lines without surgery. In its place, they use laser technology to erase sunspots and old scars, or chemical peels to reveal younger-looking skin.