Restoring the skin's natural radiance is only half of the work for SD Skin Spot's aestheticians. These professionals also take proactive steps to protect features from future problems. To accomplish this, they rely on a number of highly advanced systems designed to create dramatic cosmetic changes. Diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wands brighten complexions by thoroughly exfoliating the skin's surface layers. Microcurrent technology improves the skin's overall tone, minimizing the appearance of blemishes such as fine lines and wrinkles. The aestheticians can even use microphototherapy to stimulate skin-firming collagen production with measured pulses of light and heat energy. Beyond these facials, SD Skin Spot keeps clients looking put together by providing waxing treatments, makeup applications, and teeth-whitening sessions.
Sunlight streams through the front windows of New Luciano's Salon, illuminating two rows of workstations where trained aestheticians dole out custom hair designs for men and women along with a full slate of beautifying services. The jagged red edge of the salon's ceiling mimics the funky cut and color combinations that stylists craft with Aveda, Redken, and Matrix products, and sleek black chairs and marble counters reflect the classic glamour of updos and professional makeup applications. At nail stations, manicurists primp fingers and toes with polish, acrylics, and elaborate designs based on individual fingerprints, and beauty experts administer pore-cleansing Dermalogica facials and full-body waxes.
Most Popular Service: Makeup and hairstyling
Brands Used: Mac, Make Up For Ever, Urban Decay, Lanc?me, Bobbi Brown
Good for Kids: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Pro Tip: Have pictures of the look you want to accomplish for makeup and hair.
Secrets Salon and Spa's cadre of more than 20 technicians knows that everyone has their own idea of beauty. That's why they always conduct through consultations before cutting, coloring, or straightening a single strand. The results speak for themselves—perfect highlights, perms, and updos with the help of Wella, KMS, and Bumble and bumble. products. Skincare treatments leave clients equally satisfied, thanks to facials, body scrubs, and wraps infused with Dermalogica and Jan Marini formulas. To top it off, Secrets' massage therapists use hot-stone techniques to unlock tight muscles and reflexology footwork to relieve tension and explain why little piggies don't travel in packs.
The Secrets staff works its beauty magic amid decor worthy of a classic fairy tale, with elegant crown molding and curled metalwork that frames gold light fixtures and shelves. When they're off duty, the team members play fairy godmothers, donating their time and skills to individuals who are developmentally disabled or victims of domestic violence.
More than 25 years ago, Kundan Sabarwal opened the doors of a modest 400-square-foot skincare spa in New Delhi, working diligently to gently and efficiently eradicate her clients' unwanted body hair through a blend of ancient techniques and modern indulgences. With a bit of hard-earned success, Ziba Beauty hopped the pond, eventually expanding to 17 locations in two U.S. states. Each studio embraces American style while retaining its overseas roots, amplifying faces and bodies with traditional Indian cosmetic adornment and hair removal. By rolling small loops of cotton thread over brows and other facial areas, threading specialists can remove pesky fuzz without harming the skin or skipping over fine hairs. For more sizeable zones, Sumita Wax, which was developed in India exclusively for Ziba Beauty, quickly sends errant hairs packing on the face and body. Artistic hands ink bodies with the ornate semipermanent designs of traditional mehndi, or cloak clients in sparkle with intricate art in a choice of 32 glitter mehndi colors and shimmering crystals, readying skin for special events better than a full-body tuxedo tattoo.