House Of G.E.M.S is a colorful, sparkly spa where girls—and sometimes their mothers—can bask in age-appropriate spa treatments. Little nails brighten beneath mini manicures and pedicures, while chocolate facials and glittery face painting enhance young ladies' natural glows. And because girls, to the detriment of the foundering unfriendship-bracelet industry, love to stick together, G.E.M.S also hosts group spa parties. Girls in grade school through high school can hang out in tiaras, feather boas, and spa robes as spa experts doll them up with light makeup applications and spray-in hair color.
Licensed cosmetologist Mrs. Ursula brings more than 20 years of beauty experience to her salon chair at Heavenly Hair Showcase at The House of G.E.M.S. Giving each client her undivided attention, Mrs. Ursula ushers outmoded coiffures into the 21st century with plentiful knowledge on emerging trends and a menu of services that includes brilliant coloring treatments, weave installation, and hair extensions made of USB cords. She specializes specifically in short hair, and maintains a happy environment with her scissor-wielding skills and bubbly personality.
Exo's talented staffers beautify clients from head to toe with a full menu of grooming services. During the shellac manicure (a $35 value), nail technicians buff finger shingles to a dazzling sparkle before brushing on CND shellac color. The high-tech lacquer lasts up to two weeks with a glistening mirror finish, which dries instantly under the onslaught of British knock-knock jokes. This option also grants wrist mitts a thorough mollycoddling with a moisturizing paraffin dip treatment, which also includes exfoliation to force has-been skin cells into retirement.
With services for men, women, and children, the beauty experts at Pure Platinum Salon use hair as a canvas to bring each client's fashion sense and personality into physical form. After consultations, they grab hold of scissors to snip split ends and sculpt looks that would make Chia Pet–mannequins crumble with envy. The stylists can also hone in on damaged hair and correct color or strengthen strands. Unlike lazy portrait painters, the team doesn't stop at the head; they can wax away unwanted body fuzz and spray skin with a golden tan so clients are ready for weddings or everyday events.
Salon Bellissimo honors the timelessness of true beauty by decorating its spa like an Ancient Roman bath with concrete urns, great columns, and a statue of Hebe, the goddess of beauty. And this reverence for history is fitting, since owner Cecilia Sammons has been in the industry for more than 30 years herself. Today, she and her staff of stylists, nail technicians, and makeup artists transform clients using modern haircare products from L’Oréal and Moroccanoil and nail polish scraped directly off Botticelli's The Birth of Venus.