A real passion for her job is what makes Barbara Silvia look forward to coming into work every day, she explains on her website. She has worked as a nail technician for three years performing mani-pedis. Most recently, she relocated to a booth inside Sunflower Salon, where she specializes in acrylic nails and elaborate nail art. Barbara works hard to keep abreast of current trends, from using long-lasting gel polish to decorating digits with portraits of popular CEOs.
As high-pitched needles buzzed in the background, a young April Slater traced her father's designs, stenciling with a steady hand and honing her artistic eye. Many years later—after apprenticing and working at several other parlors—Slater opened her own studio, Memento Ink. In the bright, cheerful space, Slater decorates bodies with classic and custom designs while her staff performs piercings and applies permanent makeup. Customers enjoy refreshments in the airy lobby as they browse classic tattoo designs and portfolios of original artwork. Of her studio that she makes available to host charity events, Slater has said, “I wanted everyone to feel welcomed and have the same positive experience, whether it was their first tattoo or they had a full bodysuit.” The Register-Guard suggests that “she’s been successful in doing just that.”
Within A New You Salon and Spa's 1,200-square-foot studio, aestheticians employ organic products and gentle waxes to oust unwanted hair and refine complexions. Five stylists man haircutting stations in the main salon area, and a warren of private treatment rooms allows aestheticians to cleanse pores with organic ingredients or wax away unwanted hair in privacy. During waxing services, staff members cut down on discomfort by using numbing antiseptics, gentle lavender or zinc waxes, and a promise of monthly postcards to suddenly lonesome hairs as they de-fuzz bodies.
At Dubunne's Salon & Spa, which is under new management, a variety of pampering treatments invites customers to relax and refresh their senses. Massages coax aches and pains from tightened muscles, while facial treatments and chemical peels rejuvenate visages. Meanwhile, manicures and pedicures anoint fingers and toes with gel polishes, while salon services style and color heads of hair.
Hair Ink’s stylist Lena Henry crafts cuts that flatter face shapes and pampers hair with professional quality products and dyes. Clients are prepped for scissor treatments with a wash, complete with a scalp massage that puts minds at ease and ears to sleep before the snipping begins during the 45-minute precision cut. Lena uses Alfaparf or Vivitone products to impart strands with bands of natural color during the partial-highlight treatment, which involves a thorough, two-hour rinse-in process. Both cut and color are toasted with a glass of champagne and finished with a blow-dry and style using Kenra and Sexy Hair products, ensuring onlookers see the transformative effect when admiring strands from afar or observing them under a microscope.
Mujeres Salon and Spa stockpiles sunny glows and redistributes them to waning complexions via skin-tinting beds and UV-free sprays. Guests seeking sun in spray-form can slip into a Mystic tanning booth for a quick, full-body bronzing. UV-free mists coat physiques in a paraben-free cocktail of DHA, erythrulose, and maraschino cherries for a naturally sun-kissed look in less than 30 seconds. The tanning formula's mélange of antioxidants also protects skin cells against damage from free radicals. Proper pre-spray exfoliation and post-tan moisturizing can help extend the length of sunless tanner.