Upon first glance, Eutopia Beauty Studio appears a classic, modern salon, thanks to its earth-toned walls, spacious leather sofa facing a flat-screen TV, and shelves lined with products by Milk_shake, No Inhibitions, Keratin Complex, Malibu, and Brocato. However, the styling area brings a hint of Old World class to the modern space. Cherry-wood cabinets outfitted with clean marble countertops and elegant metal hardware jut from a rustic brick wall. Here, stylists twirl around black, boxy styling chairs as they ribbon hair with highlights and snip off split ends. They treat parched strands to deep moisturizing treatments, and retexturize locks with relaxers, permanent waves, and keratin smoothing systems. Once hair is done, makeup artists take over and gussy up features with false lashes and full makeup applications.
Spa Girl’s aestheticians pamper bodies with facials that cater to men and women alike with organic ingredients, therapeutic massage, or galvanic currents. Waxing sessions keep arms and legs smooth longer than shaving or slicing the tips off each individual hair with children’s scissors.
At The Skin Atelier at Les Images, the staff members rely on botanical products scientifically formulated to nourish skin and treat conditions such as acne, sun spots, and wrinkles. Each compound they use is free of parabens and harsh chemicals and can be customized for the client. With that kind of specificity, facials can address particular skin needs, including those related to pregnancy, postmenopause, and sports-related breakouts. In addition to skincare, The Skin Atelier also provides hair services and mani-pedis that technicians execute in private treatment rooms.
On the top floor of a quaint two-story house, Antonio Michael Salon's staff of hairstylists, nail techs, and aestheticians work to engender tranquility through a vast offering of spa and salon services. Inside private rooms, aestheticians and massage therapists tend to façades and physiques with deep-tissue massage, seaweed wraps, and a dozen types of facials. Hairdressers snip and style tresses and smooth away frizz or curl with four types of hair-texturing treatments.
A'Lure Hair Design's team of master stylists, many with more than 15 years of cosmetology experience, enhance clients' hair with products from L'Oréal, INOA, and other brands. Beyond haircuts and relaxing scalp massages, the team also tints hair using elixirs custom mixed to match each client’s complexion or the uniforms of the marching band that somehow started following them. The salon's services also draw on an arsenal of blow dryers, facial waxes, and keratin serums.
Jes A. Gichan has been in the beauty industry for more than 15 years and has worked with high-end hair names such as Aveda and Sebastian International. Now Jes trims and layers tresses into dynamic styles as owner of her own JAG Salon & Spa. While waiting on color highlights to set, clients and question Jes about her many signature services such as hair-thinning therapy, deep-conditioning treatments, and rigging bike baskets to handlebar moustaches.