Penny Tompkins has been caring for skin for more than a decade, as a medical aesthetician trained to correct signs of aging, acne, large pores, blackheads, whiteheads, brown spots, uneven skin tone with medical-grade treatments. A PCA-certified clinician, she's passionate about sharing her depth of knowledge with her clients?starting with a 20-minute consultation before commencing any treatments. "Ninety percent of aging is preventable," she says. "I really focus on educating people about what is possible with their skin." Though some treatments are on par with those offered in medical offices, Penny pampers skin within private rooms, maintaining a comfortable and relaxed spa ambiance. Away from the bustle and buzz of the salon, she welcomes clients to rest on pillow-top spa beds in rooms lit by soft lighting. Here, she works to reveal radiant skin with medical-grade microdermabrasions or PCA Skin peels. She also offers lash and brow tinting, full-body waxing, and spa facials using Arbonne's European skincare line.
An expanse of wooden floors and teal walls anchors the confines of Euphoria Salon & Spa—home of nail technician Stephanie. Dexterous and artistic, Stephanie begins manicures with a cuticle grooming before filing nails into uniform shapes and layering on colorful coats of CND nail polish with a microscopic paint roller. She also indulges feet with soothing spa pedicures, encouraging her patrons to grab a pillow and sink into a cushioned pedicure throne blanketed by soft lighting.
Though Stephanie specializes in all things nails, she works alongside a talented cast of hairstylists, each wielding Bumble and bumble. products as they cut, color, and style strands within semiprivate styling stations. Whether there for nails, hair, or to receive a Dermalogica facial, clients can unwind before and after their appointment in the spa’s waiting area, where they'll find angular furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows, and fewer pouting children than a doctor's office.
In 12 years of hairstyling, LaToyia Cooper has learned a few things, not the least of which is that time is important to her clients. That's why she adapts her calendar to fit her clients' busy schedules, whether she's performing a simple women's trim or crafting a full head of dreadlocks. Her flexibility with times and the speed of her services has earned her praise from multiple clients.
Today, she plies her trade within Level 7 Salon & Spa, which one client mentions driving over 100 miles to reach in order to get her hair done by Latoyia's "miracle hands." Thanks to the spa's amenities, she's able to perform chemically intense treatments, such as adding highlights to hair, relaxing curls, and deep conditioning hair so that it grows thicker whenever a bell rings.
Peek your head into one of the many elegant semiprivate styling stations at Salon Milan and you'll spot Alicia Keesee with her brow furrowed as she carefully snips locks into fashionable dos or blow-dries them into curls. On other days you might see her rifling through bottles of professional Redken, Enjoy, and Biolage products, preparing to highlight her clients’ locks in professional colors. As the skilled stylist works, her colleagues bustle about the stations around her, administering professional waxing services, manicures, and pedicures as customers recline on sleek black styling chairs and cushy massage armchairs.
As far as first impressions go, Impressions Salon and Spa’s most eye-catching accent is its floors. From the entrance, the concrete surface resembles an elaborate charcoal drawing with streaks of black and sepia. Purple and steel-gray walls only add to the ambiance. Redken-certified stylists transform tresses with custom coloring treatments and scissor cuts that leave hair as sleek as a smooth-coated otter on date night. Clients may also request restorative mani-pedis or retreat to a private room for relaxing bodywork from the salon's licensed massage therapist.