Boston Avenue Salon owner Pamela Fodor uses chemistry and science every day, but after 21 years as a professional cosmetologist and 4 years as a teacher, she has turned science into an art. “If I could do one service all day, every day, it would be women’s cuts and highlighting services. I take pride in hitting the baby-blonde lites every time with no toner,” she says. She honed her skills treating the hair of more than 200 brides and thousands more prom-goers. One client even flew Pamela out to Hawaii to ensure she was on-hand to style hair on the wedding day.
Pamela pairs her services with those of her staff, who invite clients to sip on complimentary coffee, tea, water, beer, or wine while enjoying a bit of well-earned beautifying and pampering. The decor echoes the duo’s classic sense of style with a combination of black and white elements accented by glass furnishings. The walls sport images of equally classic beauty, such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and the Rat Pack, a bunch of rats who accidentally tied themselves together by the tail and wound up resembling Cary Grant’s profile.
Centric pampers its clients with an arsenal of beautifying services designed to relieve stress as well as improve appearances. During the hair treatment and style, staff members slather follicles with Davines Royal Jelly conditioner, infusing strands with essential amino acids and mineral salts. The treatment targets hair weakened by such environmental factors as dehydration and being buried in a mudslide. A 60-minute massage employs either Swedish or deep-tissue techniques to delve into muscular tension with the gusto of an archaeologist diving into a newly discovered Mesopotamian ball pit.
Tucked away in the Brady Arts District, Chrysalis Salon & Spa’s quaint brick storefront invites visitors into a chic, colorful interior where its team of stylists and aestheticians goes to work. Seated in white leather chairs, clients can relax as a stylist trims or colors locks using botanical-based products from Phyto and premium Goldwell hair color. Spa services range from waxing to facials, including the gold-leaf facial, in which 24-karat gold is applied to the skin to stimulate collagen production and make the client more attractive to Swiss bankers. They are also the go-to providers of makeup services for News On 6 KOTV, the local CBS affiliate. Chrysalis also offers med-spa services performed by the resident doctor, such as Botox, Latisse, and medical-grade microdermabrasion.
Nestled in the historic Del Ray building, Faccia Bella’s team of skilled aestheticians bolsters patrons' natural appeal with a repertoire of individually tailored hair, makeup, and skincare services. Owner and makeup artist April Mary enhances visages with cosmetics and airbrush makeup for special events and nuptials photo-ready enough to merit Faccia Bella WeddingWire's 2012 Bride's Choice Award. Earth-tone hued treatment rooms host knot untying deep-tissue massages and long-lasting spray tans. Luxe wraps encircle bodily temples in creamy natural, body butter and warm blankets, leaving skin softer than the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man fresh out of the microwave. Bridal updos, eyelash extensions, gentle waxing, and facials round out Faccia Bella's lineup of beauty-boosting treatments.
Nationally certified massage therapist Jamey specializes in Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, but prefers to focus on pain relief rather than relaxation in each massage. He uses a technique called trigger point therapy to hone in on knots embedded deep within muscles or surrounding tissues. These knots often cause referred pain, and can be felt by distant areas of the body and close family members. Treating them helps alleviate localized as well as chronic discomfort.