The experts at SkinSense Advanced Skin Care understand that each person’s skin has its own needs and foibles. Whether applying a mask or cleaning pores with a chemical peel, they begin by analyzing each client’s skin type first, ensuring that their treatments fit its unique topography. In addition to the classic approach of a European facial, for which they combine steam cleansing, extractions, exfoliation, and aromatherapy massage, the professionals provide a bevy of modern skincare services. They wage war on blemishes and sagging skin with a cutting-edge array of microdermabrasion, light therapy, and cellulite treatments. Helping to bring about the renewal, an arsenal of products from gloProfessional, DermaQuest Skin Therapy, and SkinSense’s own line stands ready to target blackheads or smooth and tone the outer organ instead of attacking all wrinkles with the same clothes iron.
The Classic Face owner Kathryn Belasco, a registered nurse who wields a license to apply permanent makeup with micropigmentation techniques, headlines a roster of beauty boosters that have a knack for making over clients from the neck up. While applying permanent makeup, Belasco and her techs use their tools to enhance the natural shape of clients’ eyebrows, eyelids, and lips according to the unique features of each customer, rather than festooning faces with makeup styles that will eventually fall out of fashion or aggravate territorial mimes. During their dermal-rolling treatments, they use small handheld rollers with tiny needles to help tighten loose skin, stimulate collagen production, and reduce scars and stretch marks. Once faces have been thoroughly prettified, the salon’s hairstylists can sculpt strands into flattering, face-framing coiffures.
Joseph Olinger, PhD, founder of Biomedic Research Group, has been in the hair-replacement and hair-restoration business for more than three decades. His knowledge of chemistry and nutrition has helped him develop support systems for a multi-theraputic approach, as well as preventive health initiatives to keep strands from jumping ship. In the mid-1990s, he started exploring the use of lasers in the battle against balding. These noninvasive devices can be used at home or in a clinical setting, and Dr. Olinger eventually started offering them in his Biomedic clinics.
Armed with an arsenal of hair products from Goldwell, L'Oréal, Redken, Aquage, and It's a 10, Sarah Cope sets to work beautifying manes. Inside Danny Suero's Hair Design, a 30-year-old full-service salon, the 10-year veteran stylist cuts and texturizes locks to suit her clients, from simple bang trims to perms and keratin treatments. Her specialty, however, is color treatments. Sarah can add subtle sun-kissed highlights to brunette strands, accent blonds with pastel streaks, or alter the color of all-over hues with single-process color.
For 15 years, Mariuska Garcia sharpened her hairstyling skills in professional salons beneath the warm Miami and Los Angeles sun. Then, in 2004, she opened Uska's Salon & Spa and began sharing her knowledge of salon and spa services⎯including massage, waxing, peels, and mani-pedis⎯and filling shelves with products by DevaCurl, OPI, Oxygen Botanicals, and Wella. While her stylists work, white tree-branch silhouettes stretch across two onyx walls and attempt to braid clients' velvety locks.
Rene and Natalie of Solstice Studio execute cuts, color services, and keratin treatments using professional-quality haircare products. To imbue dos with rich hues, they use Ian Zachary color, and to de-frizz tresses and leave them shiny and strong, they apply La Brasiliana keratin treatments. They also use the plant-extract-infused products of Smart Solutions by Dennis Bernard to protect hair and infuse it with antioxidants.