Black-and-white portraits pop against walls of silver damask. An antique love seat sidles up to a zebra-printed chest. A chandelier's light glints against a table's gilded filigree. Although The Beauty Dive's historic-cottage setting radiates all things vintage, there is nothing dated about the pampering that occurs at the able hands of owner Yvette Reese and her staff. Yvette suffuses her studio with an atmosphere of creativity, encouraging her stylists and aestheticians to heed their own artistic inspiration as they forge modern hairstyles, eye-catching nails, and captivating cosmetic applications. To keep the image artisans up-to-date on the latest techniques, industry experts arrive every few months to lavish the staff with hands-on training and lessons in split-end psychology.
As stylists sculpt coifs to flatter individual faces, pedicure clients melt into oversize armchairs and bask in the skills of a master Shellac nail technician, who dips feet in fresh bowls of lavender-infused water before refining nails with sterile implements, unused files and buffers, and Opi and CND polishes. The beauty experts wield serums by Eminence Organics, Rusk, and Kevin Murphy, each of which are available for purchase to aid at-home primping. Between services, clients sip on wine, champagne, and martinis as they browse the boutique's collection of accessories and apparel from Johnny Was and 4 Love and Liberty, savoring a better union of sparkles and spirits than the wedding-ring speakeasies of the 1920 diamond prohibition.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Highlights and a cut
Brands Used: Morocconoil, Joico, Kerastase, Enjoy Hair Care
Pro Tip: Great environment with excellent services.
It's been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and if that's the case, Carol Shave is one of the best window dressers in the business. At Bliss Salon and Med Spa, the lash technician applies faux mink extensions that boost the length and volume of natural lashes. Full sets range from 45 to 75 lashes per eye, depending on how dramatic of a look you'd like. Carol also tints lash lines to create a hue that matches the color of your favorite nail polish or phone book.
Envy Salon's team of beauty professionals touches up appearances through hair-styling and nail-grooming services. The staff shows off their expertise while performing mani-pedis that call on the power of a nail file and colorful polish to trim rogue cuticles and ho-hum keratin, and hair designers snip and streak strands to accent facial features. With any service, the staff will retouch makeup and add a lip-gloss shine by applying MAC products instead of having clients kiss a disco ball.
Large wood-framed mirrors rest against the salon’s rustic stone walls, which technicians use to test the strength and pitch of newly rounded nails. Before appointments, customers plop down on red leather couches and bask in the glow of lights strung through wooden planks overhead.
Shear Envy Salon’s trio of trained stylists transforms untamed tresses into smooth 'dos during Brazilian blowout treatments. During the eight-step, roughly 90-minute process, nimble hands apply shampoos, solutions, and serums designed to coat the hair shaft in keratin proteins, smoothing disheveled strands without exposure to jazz sax solos. A final blow-dry seals the stylist’s lock-straightening in place for 10–12 weeks. Though Brazilian blowouts can often render wavy hair stick-straight, the treatment will allow curly hair to keep some of its curvature, ensuring that stray strands can still function as corkscrew stand-ins during hard-up winetastings.