A transplant from the Dominican Republic, Josephine Rodriguez—better known as “La Chilly”—came to the states to open her own beauty haven, Picis Salon. The salon is a branch of her larger outfit, Josephine’s Spa, where Rodriguez offers an array of spa and medi-spa services, fortified by her own line of products, Josephine Cosmetics. When she’s in the salon, however, La Chilly and her staff focuses exclusively on hair, delivering traditional services such as haircuts, color treatments, and extensions for those who think they’ll need to escape from a castle tower in the near future.
Though most aestheticians worry most about how to style hair, the staff at Nicole Beauty Spa care more about removing it. Though they can remove unwanted strands with high-tech methods such as laser hair removal or more traditional treatments such as waxing, their specialty is threading. This ancient Eastern form of hair removal uses only a single strand of looped thread, which threaders yield to precisely surround and remove strands of hair. They can target large swathes of area on the face, or fine-tune their approach to carefully shape and groom brows. In addition to these hair-removal treatments, staff also offer a range of spa treatments. These include relaxing massages, mani-pedis, facials, and artful henna application noting the after-care instructions of your services.
The hair removal pros at Unique Threading Beauty Salon have this piece of advice for finding the best brow-shaping salon: look for a place that has Middle Eastern and Indian clients with perfect arches streaming out the door. Threading has been popular in these cultures for centuries as it creates crisp, clean lines without the use of toxic chemicals or painful bolts of lightening. The process involves using twisted pieces of cotton thread, which can pick up and eliminate one clean line of hair all at once, making it a quicker alternative to plucking. In addition to threading away hair from the brows and body, staff here also offer waxing and sugaring services, which are more suitable for removing large swathes of fuzz.
After entering B&O Nail, each client relaxes in a cushioned manicure seat or lounges in a plush massaging pedicure chair. A technician kicks off the pampering process by clipping, filing, and buffing fingernails and toenails into perfect blank canvases. During pedicures, the nail tech removes calluses on feet before hydrating them, and hands are moisturized with lotion during manicures. Finally, digits are cloaked in lacquer from the salon's kaleidoscope of nail-polish hues, which include pale pinks, sparkly blues, and vibrant reds.
Jackie Alder has been passionate about beauty since she was a kid. She's taken her love of beauty to the next level at Ocean 7 Skincare Spa, where she and her team enhance appearances with facials, slimming body wraps, hair and eyelash extensions, and waxing. In addition to sprucing up clients, Ocean 7 helps them relax. Upon their arrival, clients change into fluffy spa robes and slippers, and then head to the relaxation room to unwind with tea, coffee, and refreshments.