On her website, Jennifer Weston is described as a “renaissance woman of beauty”—and for good reason: her Rolodex of talents includes cosmetology, massage therapy, makeup applications, and waxing. She’s spent the past two decades perfecting these skills, eventually ending up at her current venture, Brows to Brazilian Waxing, Make Up, and Skin Care Salon.
The Brazilian in the salon’s name denotes one of Jennifer’s specialties, in which she eradicates all hair from bikini areas in less than 10 minutes. She also embraces oft-ignored demographics by practicing her speed-waxing techniques on males and moms-to-be. But waxing isn’t all she does here. Jennifer turns her focus to the skin during custom chemical peels and facials that draw on ingredients such as honey paraffin and seaweed. This natural approach also colors her body treatments, which range from aromatherapy sea-salt scrubs, which slough off dead cells, to herbal detox body wraps.
The nautically-themed 19 Blue Salon and Spa soothes and beautifies visitors using organic, handmade products. Clients opting for the 90-minute mermaid organic facial will enjoy a deep-cleaning mask of botanicals, flower essences, and gem elixirs. A detoxifying sea-salt back scrub cracks down on impurities like waves on a clam, eventually yielding the purity of a pearl, while an invigorating massage frees up stiff torsos. The salon's skilled aesthetician also helps clients kick-start their inner health, bestowing dietary guidance and health supplements.
Like candy in a vending machine, Dante’s nine types of massages are waiting for clients to pick the one they most want to indulge in. But unlike vending-machine candy, there is no wrong choice here. Dante customizes each deep-tissue, craniosacral, shiatsu, or lymphatic-drainage massage to suit an individual’s physique.
At Chateau Belle, in a space designed to conjure the feel of a Parisian flea market, lash luminary Megan Alexandra uses organic products and NovaLash and Shavasana extensions to pamper peepers and dress them with luxurious fringe. Patrons select lashes to suit their own orbs from frill in an array of lengths and thicknesses, which Alexandra carefully applies over 60–90 minutes, and organic, anti-wrinkle gel pads soothe the eye area more than a staring contest with a bubble bath. Floral-mist essences delight with gentle haikus to nostrils and refresh with healing particles as guests acquire flare extensions for coquettish eye-batting or full extensions that enable train-stopping winks. Except for the glue, the salon uses entirely organic products, and lashes last for approximately three weeks, after which fills are recommended.
Since the age of 6, Fernando Rodriguez knew that fitness and athletics would play a big role in his life. While most kids his age were busy at play, Fernando was swimming four hours each day and eagerly counting the hours until his next meet. His hard work paid off, earning him a spot on the Mexican Olympic swim team and instilling him with a passion for fitness that would continue into his adult life.
Today, Fernando draws from his years of athletic and coaching experience to guide others toward their fitness goals in his own private training studio, The Underground Lab. Alongside his staff of fellow certified trainers and fitness aficionados, Fernando leads group workouts that combine traditional exercises with imaginative and innovative techniques. The team also conducts personal-training sessions, employing a variety of cardio and strength-training equipment, and designs a unique 19-day nutrition program to help clients lose weight rapidly in preparation for special events, such as a wedding or an outing in a flimsy rowboat.