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.
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.
The aestheticians at Healthcare 4 Her combine medical know-how with classic relaxation techniques in a tranquil spa environment, beautifying clients from head to toe using technologically enhanced and traditional spa treatments. Licensed laser technicians stop fuzzies in their tracks and prevent future hair growth with laser hair removal. Professional skin pamperers dole out five types of facials to exfoliate visages with microdermabrasion, clear complexions with fruit enzymes, and purge pores with menacing eviction notices. Massage therapists relax clients with four different massage styles, taking cues from venerated massage traditions and modern aromatherapy and kneading techniques to melt away muscle tension.
Licensed massage therapist Marie relaxes tight muscles in the neck, shoulders, and back with her soothing Swedish massages at Exhale Medical Massage and Rehabilitation. This type of massage helps relieve muscle tension with a combination of gliding strokes, firm kneading, and rhythmic tapping. The tranquil environment at Exhale further increases relaxation, allowing clients to leave feeling looser and less stressed.
The beauty experts at Allure Laser & Day Spa rely on state-of-the-art aesthetic technology to help their clients look their best. Armed with Candela’s GentleLASE Plus laser, they zap away unwanted fuzz, reducing the need for razors, wax, and tiny lawn mowers. Microdermabrasion treatments paired with ExcellaWave ultrasound energy revitalize tired complexions, whereas SkinMedica peels fight wrinkles and encourage cell renewal.