Since opening as a Paul Mitchell Focus salon in 2007, the team of hair artists at Mariposa Salon and Spa has styled locks for the glossy pages of New Orleans Bride magazine and CUE magazine, as well as the runways of a Guess fashion show and a Chloe Dao fashion show.
Mariposa's bilingual stylists also craft sophisticated looks for clients walking down sidewalks instead of runways. Celeb-inspired styles let clients ask for The Beyoncé and walk out with sleek, smooth, and straight locks, or The Gisele, which translates to the loose, beachy waves usually only achieved by supermodels living in sandcastles. The stylists also battle the New Orleans humidity with blow-drying techniques and GKhair hair straightening. Mariposa’s nail artists brighten fingertips with chip-resistant Shellac polish, and aestheticians craft custom facials and wax away body hair with tea-tree cream wax. The salon uses products from Glominerals and Glotherapeutics, a pharmaceutical-grade skincare and makeup line.
With an ancient holistic approach, Spa Zeeba uncovers each client?s natural beauty with signature services such as traditional ayurvedic facials, herbal facials, and three types of hair removal, including sugaring and the ancient practice of threading. Massage practitioners manipulate muscles with deep-tissue massages to relieve lingering pains, and Reiki experts transfer energy from their palms to help clients to heal and recharge watch batteries. Henna tattoos bring love and good fortune as they are applied to the skin in ornate patterns. Aside from pampering services, Spa Zeeba also covers bodies with clothing and jewelry from its boutique.
Armed with a full arsenal of Essie and OPI polishes, the nail artists of Magazine Nails & Spa groom and coif nails with services that range from basic mani-pedis to one-hour pampering sessions filled with orange scrubs, hot towels, and skin-softening paraffin dips. Supplementary add-ons such as long-lasting gel polish, nail art, and french tips enrich nails following classic buffing, filing, and cuticle cleanup, and full sets of acrylic overlays grant fingers extra length and cure them of long-held sloth envy. The technicians at Magazine Nails also extend their shaping expertise to waxing services for the face and body, granting smoother skin to both their male and female clientele.
At The Retreat Salon and Spa, they put their own decadent spin on other treatments, including a slew of nail services. Along with classic pedicures, manicures, and French manicures, the salon also offers a Cajun pedicure, which includes a mint mask and double exfoliation. As far as hands go, salon staff apply acrylic nails, paint on shellac polish, and nourish skin with rich paraffin wax.
Caviar and pearls are the ingredients for a classy date. At The Retreat, they’re also the ingredients for an exclusive anti-aging facial. The luxurious combination is the brainchild of owners Caroline, Cindy, and Linda, who also incorporate jasmine, ylang-ylang, roses, and a citrus blend into other facials they specially designed to combat rosacea, dry patches, or oily skin.
Traveled by the city's Native American inhabitants and earliest explorers, Bayou St. John was a central New Orleans travel hub for generations. Kayak-iti-Yat owners Sara and Sonny love to take guests paddling through this historic waterway, pointing out the architecture, history, and idiosyncrasies of the accompanying neighborhood. Passengers glide along in Jackson Regal kayaks with ergonomically-designed seats and adjustable foot holds, moving past City Park and its centuries-old live oak trees, as well as historic Spanish Custom House and the Fair Grounds Race course. Trips putter along at a calm, leisurely pace, giving guests plenty of time to take in trees draped in Spanish moss or blow raspberries on the bellies of passing pelicans.
When it comes to hands and feet, the technicians at Family Nails & Spa spare no luxury. While their clients sit atop massaging armchairs that look and feel more like royal thrones, they set to work scrubbing calluses and grooming nails with basic, deluxe, and hot-stone pedicures. The list of manicure options is similarly extensive, as clients can pick from standard polish, long-lasting Gelish shades, and 3-D nail art. A complimentary beverage accompanies each treatment, as does access to a free WiFi network, which clients can use to pull up the Rothko painting they most want their nails to resemble.