The most striking thing about Effleurage Skin Care’s skin treatments is their variety. Acne facials and collagen-infusion treatments add moisture to faces, whereas ultrasonic facials use a specific frequency to smooth out fine lines and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Like the illusion that all parents understand advanced algebra, skincare must be maintained in the home, which is why the studio also sells clinical-strength creams and cleansers including USA-manufactured Image Skincare and all-natural Dermalogica products.
Veracruz, Mexico native Ismael "Ismalss" Álvarez calibrated his keen eye for art with more than 12 combined years of image-design study in Mexico and Europe, experience as a marketing representative for an international beauty company, and involvement in several international design shows. Moonlighting as a hairstylist, Álvarez applies art and design concepts he learned throughout the years to sculpt elongated coiffures into face-flattering hairdos. Before Alvarez makes masterpieces out of manes, he listens to clients’ hairstyle aspirations and studies the way they dress and comport themselves to devise a personalized style. Like an employee at a paper-snowflake factories, he then uses a signature cutting method that involves using two pairs of scissors at the same time: one to give hair texture, and the other to perform a technique known as degrafiling, which adds or reduces volume. Álvarez specializes in asymmetrical cuts that create casual, youthful looks and performs an array of other services, such as coloring, hair straightening, and makeup application.
At age 9, Krystal Dobbins already knew that she wanted to be a stylist. She attended the Gene Juarez Academy immediately after graduating high school and earned a license in cosmetology. Armed with the skills she acquired there, she creates new looks by trimming away stray strands or adding depth and texture with color treatments and highlights. Before Krystal sharpens her scissors in G2 Salon’s backroom diamond mine, she takes time to talk with her clients and make sure that she understands exactly what they are looking for.
Regina Celeste, a licensed and insured permanent makeup artist, has been maximizing natural beauty for more than 25 years. She combines digital Nouveau Contour technology with manual SoftTap techniques, ensuring results that are precisely customized to each individual. Filling in brows, adding lip color, and enhancing eyelashes with delicate strokes are a few of her specialties. She also uses her skills to camouflage scars or pale patches caused by vitligo.
Polished Nail Salon & Spa's neon sign may draw in patrons like moths to a flame, but it’s the skilled technicians who work hard to keep clients coming back for more nail and waxing services. Nail technicians also personalize mani-pedis, which can mean treating feet with a citrus scrub and cooling mint mask or crowning fingernails with CND Shellac, which imparts color that lasts longer than regular nail polish or homemade paste dyed with food coloring.
Petra Tuss—who honed her skills during extensive training with Goldwell and Scruples hair color, KMS, and American Crew—has an impressive portfolio spanning more than a decade. She can cut a sleek bob or infuse long, wavy locks with an ombre effect. She can cover select strands with foil to produce eye-catching highlights or better television reception. She can also make frizzy hair smooth with a keratin treatment that lasts up to six months.