When she isn't working for magazines and high-profile films, Setsuko Hosomi uses her hairstyling and makeup skills to embellish her clients. She and her team indwell a stylishly simple space, which opens every day save Sunday. Setsuko also helps brides-to-be plan for their weddings with consultations and war-room-style schematics.
Branches of Beauty, a skincare center and boutique, is located in a trendy loft-like space with exposed-brick walls and vintage tin ceilings. Inside, skincare experts help clients reach optimal skin health with services including facials, spray tans, and makeup applications, and they administer their multistep treatments with care and deliberation. For example, the Acne Be Gone facial commences with an in-depth consultation so the specialist can learn the client's specific skin needs. From there, the skin is cleansed, exfoliated, and given a customized mask and high-frequency machine treatment. A pressure-point massage turns the treatment into an indulgent experience. Assorted gifts, creams, and serums are also available for purchase so clients can continue their skincare regimens at home, work, or on the way to a fancy mud run.
Whether attending to a client's facial needs or love of eclectic nail colors, the aestheticians at Cosmetic Boutique are committed to their use of organic and paraben-free beauty products. This gallery of makeup and skincare formulas includes products by brands such as Jane Iredale, Skinceuticals, and Natura Bissé. The boutique mainly serves as a personalized small-scale shopping experience, where trained staff walk customers through their stock. And yet, as a combination beauty shop and med spa, it also has staff who perform services ranging from oxygen-infused facials with exfoliation and extractions to waxing and airbrush tanning.
When it comes to prepping clients for special occasions, the stylists at Ultimate Image Salon are on their A-game. They braid, twist, and curl hair into updos and add tiny flowers, headbands, and jeweled pins for extra drama. The staff also perfects day-to-day looks with new cuts and coloring options such as highlights, lowlights, and glow-in-the-dark dye.
At Salon 421, every session starts with a complimentary hair assessment and haircare plan to keep locks healthy and strong. With plans in place, stylists can sculpt hair to match faces, highlighting positive features to create new looks. They can add new hues, concoct special-occasion updos, and straighten strands with keratin and Nioxin treatments.