Beauty affirmations written in bold print emblazon the pristine, white walls at Pure Luxe, a one-stop salon and spa that swathes clients in indulgent skin, body, and hair treatments. The Pure Luxe team includes Karina, a certified massage therapist, aesthetician, and makeup artist, and Kassie, a stylist and cosmetologist with a passion for transformative ‘dos. Together, they work to relax and glamorize their clientele, performing everything from haircuts and massages to spray tans that prep bods for walking along the beach or trespassing into bronze-sculpture gardens.
Park Avenue Spa!Zone is about as girly as it gets—couches and zebra-print chairs strewn with fuzzy pink pillows, and manicure tables with frilly tutus tied to the backs of the chairs. It's a good thing it's so frilly, because here girls come in for age-appropriate spa treatments that live up to little ones' wildest imaginings of what a spa is like. Manicures and pedicures begin with scented hand and foot soaks, though the polish is applied with youthful touches like sparkles or polka-dot nail art. "Frosting" facials moisturize little faces, and makeup applications and body-glitter tattoos prep kids for dress-up sessions with tutus and boas. All services are available a la carte, but parents can also reserve parties that include pizza, pink-lemonade toasts, and passes to an on-site bouncy castle guarded by a dragon who keeps his distance thanks to a fear of glitter.
When he opened Jasen William Salon, Jasen William had a choice of what products he wanted to sprinkle into his clients' hair. For him, choosing Aveda seemed obvious. For one thing, he appreciated the fact that Aveda products eschew all chemicals, preservatives and swear words in favor of plant-based ingredients, protecting the hair's natural moisture. For another thing, he appreciated Aveda's commitment to using wind energy to manufacture their products. Jasen believes so strongly in the brand, in fact, that he completed 13 months of education at Aveda Advanced Academies just to master using the products.
But hair isn't the only body part that can get a healthy overhaul. As clients relax amid the newly-remodeled salon's hardwood floors and streamlined chairs, the team also performs a full menu of waxing and skincare.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Classic manicure and deluxe pedicure
Brands Used: Essie, OPI, CND-Shellac, Vintlux, Morgan Tayloe, Revlon, Cuccio Natural, Satin Smooth, Gena, Gigi
Pro Tip: Please communicate with your beauty professional as this will lead to your desired result.
All salon service providers are not created equal. That's why Drew James Aveda Salon Spa enlists only Aveda Institute graduates, putting them through an advanced training program before making them work their way up a three-tier ranking system. This emphasis on high-quality staff?coupled with an exclusive selection of plant-based Aveda products?lures clients in for services ranging from basic haircuts to thermal straightening to rosemary-mint body wraps. The salon and spa also adds special touches to many of its treatments, including a complimentary stress-relieving scalp treatment and makeup touchup with each hair service. Both locations feature a wall of mirrors and trendy styling chairs, as well as Aveda tea for clients to sip on while thumbing through style portfolios or folding magazines into swans somehow.
Lured in by her love of fashion, Hair Studio and Spa's cofounder, Zobeida Parra, left her job managing educational services for the more fulfilling call of salon life. She surrounds herself with experienced hairstylists and aestheticians who beautify visitors during salon and spa services, including hair coloring, keratin treatments, facials, waxing, and nailcare. Salon transformations unfold under the track lighting of Parra’s studio, where stylists work at stations outfitted with tall mirrors enclosed by the dark wood frames of Paul Bunyan's old eyeglasses.