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.
Under the expert guidance of Dr. Dadurian, the staff at MD Beauty Labs harness the FDA-approved Zerona cold-laser technology, designed to reduce corporeal circumferences by an average of 3.5 inches. During each session, clients relax beneath a beam-slinging apparatus for 40 minutes as it glides low-light lasers over their waistline, back, hips, and thighs, emulsifying adipose tissue so that fat can sneak its way out of the body. The disintegrated lipid depots can then be absorbed by the body’s obsessively tidy lymphatic system and expelled through the body’s natural detoxification process and complex system of water-slides. The noninvasive treatment does not require any recovery time.
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.
A coffee bar covered in mosaic tile doles out doses of espresso to customers in the waiting area of Prado Spa & Salon. Bolstered by caffeine boosts, they can proceed to salon stations or private rooms for services such as facials with YonKa and Éminence products and manicures with polishes from OPI and Essie. Staffers also specialize in various advanced beauty treatments: Aesthetician Shanelle applies individual synthetic eyelash extensions, and licensed massage therapist Dianne supplements traditional bodywork with holistic reiki and crystal-therapy treatments.
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.