Though Danielle and Nicole Morgan embody Salon Bella Sorella’s name—which means "beautiful sisters" in Italian—they run the salon with an essential team of beauticians who prioritize developing meaningful relationships with their clients. The stylists take time to get to know their clients, because they understand that people's lifestyle habits, beauty goals, and their hair’s ability to turn invisible directly affect the success of any hair treatment, from basic cuts to multidimensional highlights to keratin smoothing. Brands including Goldwell, Moroccanoil, KMS California, and Simply Smooth furnish each treatment with high-quality products, and the stylists’ know-how makes the products sing. To keep the salon’s dye bottles filled with good karma, Salon Bella Sorella’s team pays it forward by working with such charities as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Locks of Love, and Susan G. Komen.
For Jade DiPersio, looking good extends beyond personal appearance. According to a spotlight story in the Daily Item, her first order of business as a new salon owner was to renovate the fusty interior of her new space. Gone were the shaggy carpets and outdated countertops, replaced by sleek hardwood floors and six styling stations designed to Jade’s exacting standards. Here, expert technicians wax wayward fuzz, snip split ends, and coax out underlying color with highlights. Two pedicure stations eschew bacteria-friendly jets for sanitary surfaces set in front of a plush bench embellished with zebra stripes. Jade has calibrated the environment to put all clients at ease, with violet accents and jungle-print smocks adding a splash of whimsy to makeovers or midmakeover will readings.
Central Place Skin Care Salon combines a bevy of spa packages with a candlelit, Victorian atmosphere to craft rejuvenating and beautifying spa experiences. During the Relaxation Vacation package, a one-hour massage mollifies muscles by employing Swedish techniques and emotional blackmailing to coax bodily tension into quietly leaving. Then, a half-hour Reiki treatment utilizes ancient techniques of manual energy direction, designed to instill a full-body sense of wellbeing. Finally, a customized European facial pampers weary countenances with facial steaming and exfoliation, face and décolleté massage, and a nourishing mask to battle skin flaws while concealing secret identities.
Nanda, The Pomegranate Tree's versatile massage therapist, pads her playbook of traditional massages with specialties in alternative modalities, such as craniosacral and reiki therapies. For each session, she welcomes clients into a softly lit room, where soothing music accompanies her focused strokes as she kindles relaxation with gentle Swedish massage or works out painful kinks and tense matches of spinal Jenga with deep-tissue techniques. The usui reiki teacher summons the body's energy during reiki sessions, which help promote a holistic wedding of the mind, body, and spirit. She also fosters healthy postures by easing spinal imbalances with craniosacral therapy.
As the owner of Smooth as Silk, Inc., Kathy Weishaar performs every hair-removal treatment herself. And as a registered nurse and certified technician of intense-pulsed-light technology, she knows how to operate the FDA-approved Palomar MediLux IPL equipment, which removes unwanted hair from the face, body, and limbs before it becomes too long or qualifies for national-park status. With similar attentiveness, Kathy also performs skin-rejuvenation treatments that help to revive blemished or damaged skin of all shades and sensitivities.
Body Glow's certified spray-tanning technicians imbue skin with a deep, healthy shade of bronze that doesn't require exposure to UV rays. Instead, they use a compressed airbrush system to spritz on an oil-free DHA solution that dries in seconds, and interacts with the body's amino acids to darken skin-tone over the course of 12 hours. The resulting sun-kissed glow typically lasts 5–7 days, but can last up to 10 days with proper after care.