After more than three decades in the industry, Claudette Gentle has become fluent in more than a few hairstyling and cosmetic treatments. Her undisputed specialty, however, is skincare.
Inside her studio at Willem Salon, Claudette treats skin issues with advanced treatments such as nonsurgical enzyme face-lifts and peels that incorporate pumpkin or glycolic acid. Though these peels effectively resurface and strengthen skin, Claudette knows they aren?t for everyone. For those with more sensitive skin, she performs a manual method known as dermaplaning. Wielding a sterile surgical blade or electric instrument, she carefully removes dead skin cells, fine facial hairs, and alien facehuggers to promote a glowing complexion.
Lash Lounge's aestheticians take the very meticulous process of applying eyelash extensions and make it look like a synch. To help clients ditch their mascara wands, eyelash curlers, and eyelash teasing combs for good, they carefully affix fibers one-by-one to the real lashes for a look that's as natural as it is glamorous. Of course, lash extensions aren't the only tool they use to help beautify customers. They also wax away hair and smooth skin with facials, and help reshape waistlines with body contouring services. And, when they're not performing a treatment, the team members supervise an extensive boutique in the lobby, where customers can purchase accessories and apparel.
Dripping crystals, an intricate chandelier sheds light over a black-and-white floral-print couch in E Skincare & Wax Studio's waiting area. Art-deco supports arch to the ceiling above pink wallpaper, presaging the personalized, luxurious treatments guests enjoy farther inside. In addition to the studio's eponymous services, it offers such treatments as the M'lis body-contour wrap, which helps clients shed fat and detoxify. SofTap permanent makeup gently embellishes skin with long-lasting pigment, easing the burden of applying makeup each morning or always wearing a mask of yourself wearing makeup.
Licensed cosmetologist Amelia Lopez-Garcia has resculpted manes and infused locks with color for more than two decades. She heads a team of stylists who each have at least 15 years of experience. Inside La Bella Salon's chic studio, they create elegant updos, smooth strands with keratin treatments, and perform precise haircuts for men, women, and children.
Good skin isn’t just the result of good genetics; it takes maintenance and an occasional pick-me-up. That’s why Cindi Collins treats her clients to Aveda facials that use natural ingredients to boost skin’s glow while improving skin tone and repairing the effects of bobbing for apples in a vat of olive oil. Though these natural ingredients can balance out oily patches and add moisture to winter-weary skin, Collins maintains a retinue of tougher treatments that can renew complexions in need of more care. Her microdermabrasion treatments use real diamonds to buff away rough, line-marked outer layers of skin, and her chemical peels lighten signs of hyperpigmentation and pores. When not treating skin, Collins spends her days waxing away unwanted hair from both bodies and faces and adding eyelash extensions for a touch of glamour.
After working in the entertainment industry for outlets such as MGM Studios, Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, and NBC, Sally Cossey opened An Elegant Touch Skincare Salon to beautify clients with custom skincare and makeup treatments. She and her staff of certified aestheticians harness the power of An Elegant Touch, Cellex-C, GloMinerals, and GloTherapeutics products to perform services that range from specialty facials and body waxing to massages and eyelash extensions. They also specialize in same-day beauty packages and bridal treatments.