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.
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.
At Eye Candy Lash Lounge, owner Veronica and her cast of certified eyelash extension specialists—better known as the Eye Candy Team—take pride in their high levels of procedure personalization from the moment a client arrives. First, visits at the lounge begin with a “get to know you” questionnaire so that the crew can properly ready treatment rooms for each client's visit. Upon entering their treatment space, a client may find their favorite music playing, or perhaps an audio book of the dictionary, and sheets scented with a preferred aromatherapeutic scent.
The lounge offers four unique private rooms, such as the Lash & Dash basic suite, where techs specialize in applying semi-permanent lash extensions. Spa extras give the other three rooms their own perks, such as a simultaneous mani-pedi, reflexology massage, or body waxing, at the same time lashes are applied. Though lash extensions are the studio’s specialty, customers can also stop in for a la carte beauty services, including teeth-whitening and weight-loss wraps, which are just like a giant hug that makes you appear more attractive.
The licensed cosmetologists at 4 Dollz Only Salon dole out natural hairstyles, designer cuts, and Brazilian blowouts for a diverse group of clientele. But they don't stick to a script; the team constantly updates its menu of services with continuing-education courses.