Though her business may be focused on detaching hairs, licensed esthetician Tiffany Taylor offers anything but detached service. Instead, she champions an "anti-spa" approach, cultivating a warmer, more relaxed atmosphere than what's found in many conventional beauty venues. At ME Beauty, she and her staff chat breezily with clients, refer to their treatments by witty names—for example, a chin wax is a "chinchilla"—and wear regular clothing instead of the overly official uniforms or hazmat suits a lot of other spas require.
Although their attitudes may be casual, their dedication to their craft is anything but. They specialize exclusively in waxing for men and women, boasting rigorous training in the art of swift hair-removal. As a result, they can remove unwanted strands from most any body part between the toes and brows, such as the arms, chest, and bikini areas. They utilize a brand of professional wax sold out of Australia, and never double-dip during appointments. For sensitive zones, clients can purchase Dr. Edna's Bare Ease Cream right at the salon to apply to themselves prior to treatments, which can help lessen the treatment's sting.
Blow Dry Divas owner Kimberly Williams built her salon to be a fun place to hang out. In addition to a full menu of hair services?which range from cuts to blowouts?the salon throws parties where teens can primp for prom or girlfriends can get together for drinks before a night out. Williams even hosts photo shoots at her onsite boudoir studio, where you can get "pinup" shots and re-create your favorite Sears-catalogue covers.
From the wrap-around porch to the mahogany crown molding inside the Victorian building, Aura Salon has a homey feeling. Especially for owner Chris Nadjarian, who actually grew up in the very home that now houses his salon, according to a Patch.com article. These days, he shepherds a staff armed with gleaming scissors and hair dye as they mold manes into trendy styles.
Glami Go Go's Little Diva party package rolls out a pixie-dusted carpet for a special girl aged 3–15 and five of her friends. In a party room prestocked with tables, chairs, balloons, and good vibes, a pair of surrogate fairy godmothers adorn children's cheeks with glittery facepaint and makeup, readying radiant beauties for an individual glamour shot snapped by a pro photographer. After a musical slide show highlights the guest of honor, Glami Go Go party-minders manage cupcake and pink-lemonade distribution, freeing up moms and dads to snap a few candid memories or sneak out back to prep the gift-wrapped pony for its grand entrance.
The 60-minute aromatherapy massage from a licensed massage therapist utilizes essential herbal oils designed to invigorate the senses as deft hands stimulate blood flow to muscles crying for help. Or choose a full cut and color, which allows certified technicians to snip and clip at errant hairs to create a haircut that complements facial forms and accentuates fruit hats. A new 'do is paired with a single-process color treatment that revitalizes hues and gussies up grays.