1604 Day Spa and Salon’s staff of licensed massage therapists and aestheticians fight the effects of stress and aging with nourishing facials and relaxing messages. In a warm, private room, back pain succumbs to the healing hands of a skilled masseuse who either soothes away stress with Swedish massage or employs deep-tissue techniques to evict hunkered-down strains more quickly than a long and drawn-out civil suit. Alternatively, seasoned aestheticians tailor an Aveda Elemental Nature facial to fit the client’s skin type, pore-ailments, and full-body bear suit, freshening and smoothing faces with naturally derived Aveda products.
True Radiance MediSpa offers a wide range of beauty solutions beyond conventional facials and wearing magazine covers with the eyes cut out. Clients can sign up for photo-rejuvenation using intense pulsed light, which can ameliorate sun damage and reduce redness from rosacea, or try Botox or dermal fillers to combat signs of aging. Other services include the noninvasive liposuction alternative Lipo-Ex, the eyelash-enhancing prescription drug Latisse, and laser hair removal for a permanent sleekness.
The staff at Hawaiian Bronze makes sure that clients use the right bed and products for their skin with a level of care that hasn't gone unnoticed. Playboy and Maxim model Nikki Cantell, an occasional customer, says, "I love Hawaiian Bronze, I've tried so many salons over the years and all I did was burn. At HB, they clearly use top-of-the-line machines and offer the best lotions for my sensitive skin."
The salon's collection of beds includes lie-down and standup units, tanning contraptions just for the legs or face, and a powerful 360-degree Italian-made model. Airbrush artists spritz on natural-looking hues in less than three minutes, and red light therapy stimulates skin to produce natural smoothing collagen. Infrared body wraps also help get bodies ready for trips to the beach or attempts to climb through silhouette-shaped holes in the wall from high school.
The experienced team of multicultural stylists at Vielka Morgan Hair Studio helps to add pizzazz to messy mop-tops with a strand-straightening keratin treatment. Each treatment tames misbehaving hair with a formaldehyde-free concoction, uncoiling kinks and sculpting coiffures into bouffants, bobs, or busts of Martin Van Buren. After Medusa-esque manes are sluiced with an enlivening elixir, a flatiron fuses the substance into the hair with intense heat for a shiny, straight, and smooth finish that typically lasts for at least three months. An inviting atmosphere peppered with lush plants relaxes patrons as large, elegant mirrors emanate an aura of spaciousness and clients prep noodle nests for a romantic date or an attempt to quickly woo a highway tollbooth attendant.
Inside Le Rouge Hair Lounge, there's a portrait of a woman in Marie-Antoinette-style garb with a tall gray wig and a powdered face. This old-fashioned glamour extends to the rest of the salon's decor: A gold chandelier hangs overhead, and near the portrait, a French-style sofa and two vintage wingback chairs surround a curio cabinet. The cabinet is stocked with Redken products, and there's a boutique area featuring a collection of baubles and handbags. Step into one of the styling stations, and you can watch as a skilled stylist does up your hair in an ornately framed mirror. At the back of the salon, there's a vanity table filled with glo minerals makeup products, and you can roast plastic marshmallows over a faux fireplace.
Though Betty Chan grew up in New York—an epicenter of fashion and beauty—she didn't discover her passion for makeup until college. She made her foray into the industry through promotions and advertising work, and along the way, she primped models for New York Fashion Week and charitable events hosted by Avon and the American Cancer Society. Betty also participated in two events for The Knot, an online wedding planner that helps brides pick their venues, set their budgets, and choreographer their wedding food fight. Today, she works as a freelance makeup artist for MAC cosmetics and utilizes the products to bring out the best in each client.