Aesthetician Nicole Billera has tended to her clients’ faces during refreshing facials for the last 12 years. She removes dirt from pores, blasts through acne, and smoothes fine lines. Nicole also banishes unwanted hair using premium hard wax with a no-double-dipping policy. Rose essential oils help to reduce the pain during bikini, Brazilian, or playboy waxes.
At La Bella Salon, stylists cut hair for both children and adults. They also specialize in more elaborate ‘dos, including wedding-day styles and Brazilian Blowouts, which leave hair sleeker, shinier, and, often, straighter, for up to 12 weeks.
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.
Unless you're an identical twin, no one has a face like yours. That's why licensed aesthetician Tiffany Mastrovito tailors her facials to the distinct needs of each client. In the comfort of her cozy studio, Tiffany can promote relaxation with an aromatherapy skincare treatment, or restore the complexion with a powerful multivitamin facial. Clients may also solicit a specialty wax to remove unwanted hair from legs and eyebrows.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Most popular service: Thai massage
Brands Used: None
Pro Tip: Try the combination of Swedish, traditional Thai, and hot-stone massage.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
Professional massage using a combination of Swedish massage, Thai massage, and hot-stone therapy. Thai massage involves stretching and acupressure to promote vascular- and energy-flow. Swedish massage is a more relaxing technique that incorporates oil and smooth pressure. Hot-stone therapy uses heated stones to treat specific problem areas needing heat and direct pressure.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
While living and growing up in Thailand, I liked getting massages from my auntie. I learned Thai massage and realized that I am very good at it.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a client?
Several clients have told me that I gave them the best massages of their lives. Those comments made me feel good about what I am doing. My massage teachers also told me that I have naturally good hands for massage.
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 Hair Design, 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.