Stem cells and fruit-enzyme peels are two of the ways aesthetician Aline-Carol Casaverde de-ages the skin without the use of Botox injections. Knowing that beauty injections only numb the facial muscles or fill the skin with fluid, she relies instead on techniques that stimulate the skin’s ability to heal itself. She achieves this feat by first sloughing off dead skin cells with peels and microdermabrasion treatments, then encouraging collagen production with stem-cell ampules and lactic acid resurfacing treatments.
Renée Rudikh’s pursuit of beauty began in her native country of Ukraine, where she trained with dermatologists and plastic surgeons before moving to the United States to attend the Christine Valmy International School of Cosmetology. She spent 10 years working at such skincare companies as Helena Rubinstein, Mario Badescu, and Georgette Klinger. Now at her own company, Renée Rudikh Advanced Skin Care, she corrects and maintains skin with services that lift, exfoliate, and cleanse. Like a car that can also transform into a boat or a stylish blazer, Renée's treatments adapt to the circumstances: the teens' deep pore-cleansing facial takes emerging hormones into account, and the gentlemen’s facial considers the skin differences that accompany carrying a Y chromosome.
Peek into the lofty front windows of A Unisex Hairport, and you’ll see deep red walls, checkered floors, and shelves of haircare products. A team of skilled stylists bustles about the bright space, administering an array of salon services for men, women, and children. The stylists snip up new hairdos, color locks with professional products, and adorn hair with playful feather extensions.
Sahana Spa's India-themed spaces mix modern amenities with the beauty of ancient Eastern wisdom. Handmade Indian artifacts, Sundãri skincare products, and several chocolaty colors welcome clients to the spa. Staff members then lead guests to treatment suites that are equipped with iPod-docking stations, individual temperature controls, and absolutely no bears. This is the perfect setting for them to knead away stress with indulgent bamboo and hot-stone massages or administer a Sahana-Vedic facial. Over in the nail lounge, technicians pretty up nails with various mani-pedis.
Along with enlivening the head-bristles of women, men, and kids with creative and corrective cuts, the team of stylists at Alicia's Hair Design keep the inside of their own noggins looking chic with continuous educational courses. The salon's junior and senior scissor-wizards remodel ponytails, cowlicks, and frayed cockatoo crests with cuts for women ($60+) and men ($30+) before topping off tufts with optional hair treatment add-ons ($12–$15) such as Keratin Shine and Volume Extend for extra durability and nourishment. Children (ages 1–13) can strut the playground in slow-motion with trims ($15–$45) or fast-motion with buzz cuts ($20–$25). Blow-dry styling ($30+) soothes frazzled fuzz with a flat-iron or hot-roller treatment, and updos ($75+) give prom-bound belles a place to hide emergency hairspray and fire extinguishers for emergency hairspray emergencies.
When a client arrives at an appointment at Alter-Ego Makeup Studio, she is the only one in the makeup chair. This is because proprietor Erica Dennis's primary goal isn't to sell a bunch of cosmetics—it's to give her clients a customized look that makes them feel as gorgeous as an A-list celebrity and as adored as someone handing out free ice cream. To that end, she uses professional-grade tools to apply makeup suited for each customer's event, whether it's for a wedding, prom, or everyday wear.
Keep calm and drink coffee, eat chocolate, or eat a cupcake. These wise words, originally uttered by Aristotle, are colorfully displayed on the vibrant red walls of Salon Crimson, a chic salon boutique helmed by veteran stylists and longtime friends Diana and Krista. After more than a decade in the hair industry, the duo decided to join forces and open a full-service salon together. They, along with a talented staff, help frazzled follicles unwind with keratin treatments and pamper hands and feet so they can make a stunning entrance back into the real world covered with miniature coats of armor made out of gel and shellac polish.
The salon’s decor mixes and matches a variety of styles to create an eye-appealing space filled with zebra-print chairs, blue mosaic walls, and modern, baroque wallpaper in black and gold. Eclectic jewelry pieces sparkle against black shelves, which are lined with beauty products from Phyto and Esuchen.