In the waxing world, soft wax tends to be less painful for a client, though it's often not used for Brazilian treatments because it poses a higher degree of difficulty for aestheticians. Not so at The Pretty Kitty, where the experienced team featured in InStyle's October 2013 Beauty Black Book deftly applies soft wax to deliver more efficient and comfortable treatments than traditional hard wax allows. Using only high-quality products, they often finish skin-smoothing full Brazilians in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. With the same gentle touch, this full service waxing boutique will also dismiss unwanted body hair from all body regions, including legs, lips, and eyebrows.
With their skin warm and newly darkened, patrons slip from the traditional tanning beds at Electric Beach. A gentle sibilance drifts from rooms where tanning technicians spray down patrons while keeping the individual’s skin tone in mind. They also draw upon lotions that prep epidermises with pH-balancing skin conditioners and keep skin tan. The studio's shelves brim with products from Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Splash Tonics, all of which help protect skin, improve the tanning process, or serve as identification on a yacht.
At Sachi Salon & Spa, 30-year styling veteran Clyde Hale—who boasts salon experience everywhere from Las Vegas to Chicago—works alongside a quintet of talented stylists. He offers, highlights and color services as well as keratin treatments.
The experienced massage therapists and aestheticians at YY Beauty Spa believe beauty treatments should be relaxing, effective, and enjoyable. An Eastern statue watches over their Watchung spa, which is decorated in jewel tones with mod furniture, telepathically imparting beauty advice as clients receive customized waxing treatments, facials, permanent makeup, and bodywork.
Hairdressing runs in his blood. As a third-generation stylist, Jeff—the owner and director of Gemmette Hair Studios—not only loved hair from a young age but acted on his passion and began working in the industry at the age of 15. He then went on to attend the Vidal Sassoon school in London before garnering enough skills to become a color specialist and educator for Paul Mitchell. Now Jeff shares his endless love for hair not only with his clients but with his team of stylists at both Gemmette Hair Studio locations. Under Jeff's tutelage, each stylist much complete the salon's training program before working their way through the ranks of junior, senior, and designer stylist. And, even after all that training, the group still shows offs their hunger to learn by mastering the latest hair trends and techniques through continuing-education courses.
Along with precision cuts for adults and kids, Japanese hair-straightening treatments, and corrective coloring, Gemmette's crew is skilled in eyelash extensions and makeup applications. Hair can also be restored with the salon's reviving blow-dry treatments, which help brighten locks, protect against breakage with argan- and olive-oil-infused products, and boost volume.
Though the focus in each Gemmette Hair Studio is the client, the owner did not skimp on decor. Both locations offer elegance—one with baroque decor and the other inspired by zen—as well as fully stocked color bars boasting every shade of the rainbow, including pot of gold.
Salon owner Nubia Suarez relies on 35 years of professional salon experience as she oversees the beautifying treatments Utopia Salon and Day Spa administers. Her staff members, who each specialize in the individual realms of hair, nails, waxing, and massage treatments, work to soothe and groom their patrons' exteriors using a combination of Dermalogica skincare products and pampering add-ons. Utopia Salon and Day Spa sports an antique-chic interior, ensconcing visitors in a waiting area with hardwood floors, overstuffed armchairs, and an oriental rug. Like Fabio's speech patterns, the expansive space is unified by wooden accents and soft hues.