Elena Zabala first became interested in beauty as a child back in her native land of Cuba, where she took careful notice of how people groomed themselves. By 1980, she'd followed that childhood passion to a full-blown profession, attaining a certification in cosmetology and traveling the world to learn other cultures' beautifying techniques.
Since 1993, Zabala has owned and operated EZ Skin Care and Wellness Center, where she oversees the skin treatments she learned throughout her career. From weight-loss management to chocolate body treatments to HydraFacials, there is enough variety of treatments to totally transform clients before big events such as weddings or wallaby-smuggling stings. To help clients maintain the results of their treatments, Zabala stocks her center with skincare products, including a vitamin-rich cream of her own design called Noche. She works alongside her partner, Dr. Diosenis Hernandez, MD, a graduate of the University of Havana and University of Matanzas. Having previously worked as a general practitioner and ER specialist in her native Cuba, she continues to pursue her full US medical license while treating clients to a variety of massage therapies including rehabilitative therapy, hydrotherapy, shiatsu, reflexology, Swedish, sport, and PNF stretching.
Salon W and Spa burnishes bodies from bangs to toenail using brand-name products. Skin rules inside the spa's private treatment rooms, where aestheticians draw inner beauty outward with glycolic peels, skin-resurfacing facials, and Jan Marini skincare products. On the salon floor, stylists add dimension to locks with highlights backed by haircare products from Davines and Bumble and bumble. Massages come in seven editions, from an aromatherapy version that includes fragrant essential oils to a hot-stone variety that both melts the tension in clients' backs and warms the pies in their overalls.
Located just off Clematis Street in lively West Palm Beach, One XI Salon & Beauty Bar fits right in among the neighborhood’s boutiques, nightclubs, and restaurants. The salon’s high-spirited stylists clips to the rhythms of trendy music, putting down their shears every so often to offer their guests complimentary glasses of beer and wine. Owner Cathi oversees the team of stylists she handpicked for their friendly demeanor and wealth of haircare and styling certifications. Before leaving, guests can take home specialty products from L'Oreal Professional and Moroccanoil to help maintain salon-like hair and silky mutton chops at home.
Since 1974, Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers' dedicated instructors have edified spa and salon hopefuls in the tricks of the beauty-boosting trade. Under the watchful eye of a seasoned professional, each soon-to-be beautician performs a variety of services on visitors to earn the certification of a license massage therapist or the gilded epaulettes of an aesthetician. At both the Hollywood and Miami Beach locations, clients can help students achieve their goals by simply indulging in rejuvenating facials, stylish cuts and colors, and relaxing rubdowns.
The highly trained stylists at Pretty Suite Inc. dress up glamour-hungry follicles with artfully executed cuts, deep-conditioning, and color treatments. Before each procedure, the staff ensures a style that complements each client using a combination of verbal consultations, photographs, magazines, and telepathy. In addition to brightening up the above-shoulder feng shui with careful cuts, a tress artist can carefully paint craniums with a single-process color, or dress locks in fashion show camouflage with a partial highlight. To calm hue-soaked hair, gentle conditioning infusions pave over rugged and wild keratin strands, leaving hair soft and supple to the caress.
Cosmo & Company's staff of beauty bolsterers employs years of experience from spas all over the globe to professionally pamper clients’ faces. During a 75-minute classic facial, extractions, cleansing, and a soothing steam help free faces of pore-clogging grime, while an arm-to-scalp massage quiets squamous cells' protests against bath time. Finally, an exfoliating mask with Image skincare products sloughs away dead skin. Alternatively, the half-hour microdermabrasion preps skin with a steam and cleansing before skillful technicians wield a crystal-tipped tool to burnish and exfoliate facades, renewing complexions and erasing expired time stamps from foreheads.