It’s clear why Paul James Salon recently was ranked in American Salon Magazine as First Class. Guests enter to cherry-red walls and cozy leather sofas. Further in, stylists can be seen effortlessly crafting sleek layers and decorating strands with ammonia-free highlights. The salon also offers a wide array of beautifying treatments, ranging from private makeup consultations to waxing and restorative facials.
Within the tranquil, spa-like atmosphere of Fleur de Paris Skin Care Institute, aesthetician and native Frenchwoman Sylvie Sevrain is working with serious science. The skincare expert has a PhD in skin biology and cosmetology and has done research on the effects of hormones on skin-aging prevention. Sevrain has worked for major cosmetic firms. She's also a member of the Dermatology Skin Care Specialists and the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. But upon listening to her French accent in an atmosphere that, according to Palm Beach – Live Work Play, is "painted a soft, robin’s egg blue with beautifully hand painted floral décor," guests are more likely to think of Juliette Binoche than Marie Curie.
Sevrain continually draws on her expansive knowledge while caring for the complexions of men, women, and teens. She performs classic French facials or specialized treatments with products such as Environ, a plastic-surgeon-developed line that nourishes the skin with vitamins and alpha-hydroxy acids. Sevrain can diminish wrinkles as a certified Bellanina-facelift massage specialist, and offers advanced treatments including chemical peels and ultrasonic therapy. She and her team pamper bodies with fragrant scrubs, hot-stone massages, and waxing services that are ideal for clients heading to the beach or American werewolves heading to Paris.
Palm trees reflect in the windows of the new A.Studio Spa, a sister location to the original facility opened in the Hamptons. The interiors were clearly designed with tranquility in mind—flickering candles, fresh-cut flowers, and a soundtrack of snoring doves fill the reception area and private rooms. Before their appointments, clients can sip complimentary chilled water or warm tea. Massage therapists and skincare specialists perform a range of restorative services that include Swedish massages, anti-aging facial peels, waxing, and manicures.
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.
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.
Though every hairstylist has probably cut the hair of a client named Ashley in their career, only a handful of stylists can boast that they have styled the hair of Ashlee Simpson. A hairstylist and makeup artist for nearly three decades, Omar Becerra is one of those talented few. He has developed an impressive resumé over the years that includes accomplishments such as spots in publications, including Ego Magazine, and opportunities to style famous tresses. Today, Becerra works at Obsession Hair Studio, where he treats men and women to his expert hair and makeup services.
Appointments begin with a free consultation, allowing Becerra to design the most flattering style for the client’s face shape, skin tone, and lifestyle. He may simply snip off overgrown length and split ends, or he might take a more in-depth approach and completely revamp the hair's color and shine with luminous highlights. Becerra also offers keratin treatments that force strands to relinquish their curl and frizz for months, and basic deep-conditioning treatments repair locks damaged by blow dryers or trying to break into the Home Alone house. Clients can also visit Becerra prior to weddings and proms for a complete makeup application.